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Art by Accident
 
When it comes to putting color on paper, I work fast, I'm messy, and my motto is, "The sloppier the better!" I view each piece as a race to the finish, thinking that if I take too long to complete it, the artwork will appear 'overworked'. And to be honest, I prefer the little 'accidents' that often happen along the way. But after ruining several shirts due to this approach, I taped a small paper shield to the edge of my drawing desk to prevent paint and ink from splattering onto my clothes. Here's a glimpse of it after a few uses. Is it just me, or does this look like a peace sign?
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I call this sort of thing "Art by Accident". Here's a fun little article on the subject which shows this to be a fairly common phenomenon. And when I flipped and reversed the splattered peace sign and adjusted the colors, I ended up with…
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Fireworks, of course! 

Speaking of fireworks… do dinosaurs celebrate the Fourth of July?
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You bet Jurassic they do! Now that's what I call a patriotic Pachycephalosaurus!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!!!
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"You don't get lucky. You choose to be lucky."
–Dhaval Gaiera
It Must Be Genetic
 
A few days after I drew the splattered flag illustration at the beginning of this email—but before I had shown it to anyone—I came home to find my son and a friend painting their new, homemade skateboard…
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I couldn't believe my eyes…
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That's my boy!
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"America is the greatest engine of innovation that has ever existed, and it can't be duplicated anytime soon, because it is the product of a multitude of factors: extreme freedom of thought, an emphasis on independent thinking, a steady immigration of new minds, a risk-taking culture with no stigma attached to trying and failing, a non-corrupt bureaucracy, and financial markets and a venture capital system that are unrivaled at taking new ideas and turning them into global products."
–Thomas L. Friedman
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A brave reporter's photos and cellphone videos of his recent road trip through war-torn Syria. • Chicago public school students are learning how outsider art can combat hate. • Amazing African brick art by Charis Tsevis. • Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style. • BBC News - The da Vinci puzzle: Restoring The Last Supper. • "Don’t stick anything in your ears." Kurt Vonnegut’s Life-Advice to His Children. • The reason Google has a 'Big Red Button'. • Photoshop artists flawlessly recreate 4 famous masterpieces with Adobe Stock – learn how they do it. • Samuel J. Seymour, the last surviving witness to the Abraham Lincoln assassination, lived long enough to be interviewed about it on television. • The Battle of the Somme—the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front—began 100 years ago today.
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"I apologize because of the terrible mess the planet is in. But it always has been a mess. There have never been any 'Good Old Days,' there have just been days. And as I say to my grandchildren, 'Don't look at me. I just got here myself.'" 
–Kurt Vonnegut
Syracuse University commencement speech, 1994
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"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." 
–William Faulkner
The four winners of the June print giveaway have been notified via email, so be sure to check your inbox. Each winner will receive a small, matted and signed, limited edition print of "Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind" (like those shown below) as soon as I hear back. Congratulations, and thank you—everyone—for sharing this newsletter with your friends. I truly appreciate it!
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Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind.

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This print started out as many do — a gift for one of my children.
  • SIZE: Artwork is 5 x 5 inches, matted to 3 x 3 inches (fits in 5 x 5 inch frame).
  • EDITION: Artist proof.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print with 8-ply gallery board mat (the print is matted but unframed.)
  • PAPER: Printed on Premium Giclée Paper — a thick, 310g, natural-white, matte finish paper with a textured, watercolor feel.
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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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