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It's Valentime!
When you promise hand-made cards to every member of your family, the last few days before Valentine's Day can border on the hectic, i.e.: I could use a little more "Valentime" to get things done!

I'm also preparing for a live drawing event to be held next Friday evening (approx. 6:30–8:30pm), February 19th, at Art by Avis & Others, a wonderful little gallery in the heart of Downtown Overland Park. (Here's a virtual tour of the gallery.) I'll be giving away hand-drawn cartoons and a framed print, so be sure to drop by. It's all part of Downtown OP's Local Life Third Fridays. Here's a map and list of events by venue. I'll try to post some pictures of the event in a future newsletter issue.
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"I carry your heart with me. (I carry it in my heart.) I am never without it."
–E.E. Cummings
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Elizabeth Layton
Have you ever learned about something you didn’t know before, and then—shortly thereafter—unexpectedly run into it again? When this happens to me, I wonder if it’s simple coincidence, a case of Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, or perhaps the universe, just trying to get my attention.
 
After reading an article in my newsletter about ‘Drawing Yourself Happy’, an old friend shared with me her story of the late artist Elizabeth Layton (October 27, 1909 – March 15, 1993). “Grandma Layton” as she was widely known, was the great-grandmother of my friend’s children; my friend's husband was the artist’s first fan, and consequently has many of her early pieces.
I wasn't familiar with Elizabeth Layton's work, but found her remarkable story of using art—specifically blind contour drawing (the Washington Times called her "The van Gogh of contour drawing")—to overcome depression, inspiring. Equally impressive is the fact she didn’t even start drawing until she was nearly seventy-years-old!
 
Her artistic style has overtones of Outsider and Naïve art, both of which I’m drawn to (as it were) because they reinforce something I’ve told my own children many times over the years, that everyone possesses some degree of artistic talent, and that it’s the uniqueness of an individual’s style that makes what they create, interesting and special.

On the very same day I first heard about Elizabeth Layton, yet another friend invited me to tour an art gallery owned by Dr. Avis Garrett-Baptist, a pioneering art therapist in Kansas City, who, it turns out, not only knew Grandma Layton personally, but also co-authored a book about her. Her gallery—the same gallery where I'm drawing next Friday night—carries a comprehensive selection of Elizabeth Layton posters, cards, and handbags. 

So you tell me: coincidence? Or is the universe trying to tell me something? ;-)

You can learn more about Grandma Layton on her website.
"Art is a wound turned into light." 
–Georges Braque
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Culled from the depths: 
a quick list of Bits, Bytes & Nybbles…

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on how a simple human smile saved his lifeCharles Dickens would have turned 204 this past Sunday; here are some fast facts about his life. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour sings Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 in his home recording studio on the River Thames. Speaking of which, someone found a lost typeface that was thrown into the Thames in 1909 and digitally resurrected it so you can use it on your computer. I created a typeface based on my handwriting. You can see it on my Facebook page and tell me in the comments why I named it the way I did. (Psst: If you 'like' my page while you're there, my art will show up in your FB feed.) By the way, do you know the difference between a font and a typeface? (And yes, Nybbles is a word.)
 
   By the way…   
It happened again
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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." 
–Charles Dickens
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"All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name." 
–André Breton, Mad Love

February's 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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Happy Birthday, Abe.

   Until Next Week…

So did you listen to David Gilmour sing Shakespeare's Sonnet 18? He made the recording as a gift for his wife. Now… go sing it to your Valentine. (Seriously. Here are the lyrics.)

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

PS: If you like this newsletter, please share it with a friend. Thanks!
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"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." 
–Abraham Lincoln
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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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