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"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." 
–Louisa May Alcott

Drawing Without a Net

Despite having played thousands of live shows during his 30-year run with the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia battled stage fright prior to each performance.

"Making a record is like building a ship in a bottle," he once explained. "Playing live music is like being in a rowboat in the ocean."

In many ways, live drawing—drawing in front of people at an event—is a type of performance, and for me, can trigger a little anxiety. It feels a bit like walking a tightrope without a net.
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Once, while drawing at a creativity fair for kids, a little boy approached my table and I asked him if he wanted me to draw a cartoon.

"I guess," he replied, in a bored tone. "You do know my uncle is a cartoonist for The New Yorker, right?"

Tough crowd!

I'll be live drawing this evening (February 19th, approx. 6:30–8:30 pm), at Art by Avis & Others, a wonderful little gallery in the heart of Downtown Overland Park. I'll be giving away small, original, hand-drawn cartoons, similar to this one…
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…so drop by if you can. (All free cartoons come with a money-back guarantee ;-)

And as far as my stage fright is concerned, like Jerry used to say: "It only lasts until the show starts!"
"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." 
–John Steinbeck
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Gilbert Stuart
We celebrated George Washington's birthday this past Monday, but his actual birthdate was February 11, 1731, according to the Julian calendar which was used at the time. (Of course, if you go by the Gregorian calendar, he was born on Febuary 22nd, 1732. I'm so confused – just read about it here.)
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Anyway, it got me thinking about that famous unfinished portrait of Washington known as "The Athenaeum" (you know, the one hanging in school classrooms across America.) The reason the painting was never finished is because Washington died during its commission.

Check out this view of the original painting. You can zoom in very close – it's amazing.

The artist who created the iconic painting—it also served as the basis for the portrait of Washington on the $1 bill for over a century—was Gilbert Stuart (December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828), and although he never finished the portrait, he did subsequently manage to sell 130 copies of it for $100 apiece.

Stuart painted this piece when he was only 14-years-old. At age 26, he painted The Skater, which made him famous. Though he became one of the highest-paid artists of his day—he painted the portraits of kings (King Louis XVI and King George III), presidents (Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe), and other prominent people (John and Abigail Adams and John Jacob Astor)—Gilbert Stuart died penniless and deeply in debt.

You can learn more about the painter here.
   By the Way…
Did George Washington really wear wooden dentures? You can find the definitive answer to that question ––––> here.
"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." 
–George Washington
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Bits, Bytes & Nybbles,
culled from the depths of the Internet…

Vote for your favorite doodle in the Google Doodle competition. (The prizes are awesome.) • Thinking of getting an iPad Pro but not sure if the Apple Pencil is right for you? Here's an artist’s guide to the Apple Pencil to help you decide. • According to Guinness World Records, the most prolific author wrote over 72 million words and used 25 pen names. • Hold up, did we just crack time travel? • On this day in history, Thomas Edison received the patent for the phonograph. (Some people at the time considered it a "passing fad.") • A 145-year-old letter from Paris, delivered by balloon, turns up in Australia.
"If you were lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." 
–Ernest Hemingway

Weekly Doodle: Par Ballon Monté

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"Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon." 
–A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

February Print Giveaway

My Garden Fine Art Print

The Girl in the Moon™

This print started out as many do — a gift for one of my children.

  • SIZE: Artwork is 7 x 9.75 inches, double matted to 4.75 x 6.5 inches (fits in standard 8 x 10 inch frame).
  • EDITION: Artist proof.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print, matted but unframed.
  • PAPER: Printed on Hahnemuhle William Turner — a 310g, acid-free, natural white, mould-made paper with 100% rag content (highly archival).
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"The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe." 
–Amit Ray

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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

Official Bio

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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