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"November 20, 2015"
VOLUME 1 : ISSUE 1

Welcome to the first issue of
The Happiness of Art!

I've talked for years about writing an email newsletter, but when I recently told my son it might be awhile before I could actually send out my first issue, he replied: "Dad, you're just a big lump of procrastination!" So here is my 'slightly expedited' first issue. I hope you enjoy it…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and I have so much to be thankful for. I'd like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday, and remind you that it's not just about eating turkey… it's also about mashed potatoes and gravy!
"Life is tough, and then you die. The rest is gravy, and guys… gravy is good!"
–Coach Tim Lillis

This May Sound Absurd…

November 20th is National Absurdity Day, and if there's one thing we love here at RedSneaker Studios, it's the ridiculous and absurd. So here's a mascot to help you celebrate. He’s um… highly qualified for the job!

3 Things Worth Sharing…

 
1. The story of the real-life Winnie the Pooh.

2. The late Maurice Sendak's hilarious recounting of the best comment he ever received from a young reader.

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid author/illustrator Jeff Kinney has had a crazy year — and it's probably going to continue, considering the latest installment of his phenomenally successful franchise just sold over 1,000,000 copies in its first week.
 

Plus some trivia…

The first word Pablo Picasso uttered as a child was 'piz,' which is short for 'lápiz' — the Spanish word for 'pencil.' You can read more facts about the artist here.
"Everything you can imagine is real."
–Pablo Picasso

The Paris Terror Attacks

Artists from around the world responded to last week's heartbreaking Paris terror attacks on social media. You'll find my contribution above, and I've also posted links to many others below.

NOTE: I've resized my Paris drawing so it's easier to use as a Facebook profile picture — CLICK HERE to access. Please feel free to use it as you wish — no attribution is necessary.

– An interview with Jean Jullien, the French artist behind the Eiffel Tower peace sign
– Cagle: Terror in Paris
– Huffpo: Artists Share Images Of Peace And Solidarity After Paris Attacks
– Youtube: "Paris Attack" Sand Art Tribute by Rahul Arya
– Buzzfeed: (language alert) 23 Moving Artworks That Pay Homage To The Paris Attack Victims
– Mashable: French cartoonist shares beautiful sketches that celebrate life in Paris
"Those who love. Those who love life. They're the ones rewarded in the end."
–French cartoonist Joann Sfar

A (Random) Weekly Doodle…

I'll Be Offering Prints Soon

I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of requests I've received from people wishing to purchase prints of my artwork, and I've begun work on an ecommerce-enabled website that will allow me to offer them for sale online. The site should be ready around the first of the year, and I plan to offer a variety of products like the "Mother's Day" print above. In the meantime, I'm giving away one free print per month (see details below.)
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
–Marcus Aurelius

Win a Limited-Edition Print!

Beginning in December I'll be giving away a signed, limited edition fine art print to one loyal subscriber of this newsletter each month. All current subscribers are automatically entered, and winners will be announced in the first issue of the following month. Here's a sneak peek of December's print…

True Love

This print started out as many of them do—as a card for one of my kids.

  • SIZE: Artwork is 8 x 10 inches with a 2 inch white border to accommodate signature and numbering (fits in standard 11 x 14 inch frame).
  • EDITION: 1 out of a total of 20 artist proofs.
  • 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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Until Next Friday…

Well, that's all for now. I hope you've enjoyed the first issue of The Happiness of Art. Until next week, it's "Back to the drawing board" for me!
"I love this newsletter! D.E.Uhlig is absolutely amazing and his art is uplifting! If you're not receiving The Happiness of Art, stop what you're doing and subscribe. It's truly a bright spot in my week, and I look forward to every issue!"
–Christie | St. Louis, MO
 
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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.

 
"In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine." 
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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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