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Eric Hosmer
My son was recently invited by a good friend of his to attend batting practice with Royals' first baseman Eric Hosmer. You can imagine how excited he was to meet one of his sports idols. But I wasn't expecting what came next. "Dad," he asked me, "could you draw a cartoon of Eric Hosmer that I could give to him as a present?" Now, drawing caricatures isn't really my thing, but when I get a special request like that from my son—and knowing how much this event meant to him—I have to say, I was honored that he asked me. The batting practice, as expected, was a tremendous success. Hosmer was incredibly gracious with the boys and spent much more time with them than he needed to. He gave each boy a signed game bat and baseballs galore. In all of the hullabaloo of the day, however, my son's copy of the caricature didn't get signed, but according to my son, Eric Hosmer really liked, and kept, his own copy of the drawing, even exclaiming, "Awesome – your dad even got my beard on point!"

I know we're out of contention for postseason play, but… Go Royals!
"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
–Wizard of Oz
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I use a lot of different types of paints and watercolors – just about anything I can get my hands on, really. (As I've said, I've even been known to occasionally use coffee.) But every now and then, when I want to add a bright splash of color, I turn to one of my favorite mediums, Dr. PH Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors. You can click the photo below for purchasing information. (I am not affiliated in any way with either the product manufacturer or supplier.)
Here's a quick illustration I made of—and with—a bottle of "Rose Carthame" red.
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I bought a full set of colors a year or two ago and made the color chart below.
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As a medium, they behave a little differently than typical watercolors. For example, they don't lift off easily (if at all) once they make contact with the paper. All-in-all, though, they're great – but be sure to check the various products for lightfastness and permanence ratings. As the Amazon listing explains: "Like all aniline dye base colors, they are fugitive when exposed to direct sunlight over time. For lightfast, archival watercolor use Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus fine art watercolor."
"The first flash of color always excites me as much as the first frail, courageous bloom of spring. This is, in a sense, my season – sometimes warm and, when the wind blows an alert, sometimes cold. But there is a clarity about September."
–Faith Baldwin, Evening Star
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"I'm just growing old, darling. I don't know about gracefully."
–Judy Parfitt
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"Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself."
–Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

September Print Giveaway

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Bee's a Buzzin'

  • SIZE: Artwork is 8 x 10 inches, matted to 5 x 7 inches (fits in 8 x 10 inch frame).
  • EDITION: Artist proof.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print with 8-ply gallery mat board (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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–Eva Gabor
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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.

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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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