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As those of you who know me personally can attest, I have an obsession with all things Starbucks. (My wife might describe it using other terms, like 'problem' or 'issue', with the adjective 'expensive' thrown in for good measure. ;-) But as I've explained many times, there are upsides. For example, I now sometimes actually paint with coffee…
CoffeeScape by DEUhlig
"CoffeeScape" by D.E.Uhlig 
Materials: Aquarelle Graphite Pencil + Starbucks Americano
…and although Starbucks has nearly 11 million followers on Twitter, they only follow 100K… and I'm one of the lucky few. (I have no idea why, to be honest.)

Enter the Red Cup

A couple of years ago, my daughter suggested I draw a seasonal Red Cup and share it with Starbucks via Twitter direct message, since only people they follow are able to do so. Long story short, I did, and—much to my surprise—Starbucks not only responded, but featured my drawing as their Facebook cover image for nearly a month. (Click on the photo below to visit the actual post.)
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So last year I drew another one…
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…which they posted on their Pinterest account.
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So I've just completed this year's Red Cup (see image below) and submitted it to Starbucks via Twitter. Nothing may happen, of course, but if they do share it, I'll be sure to let you know in a subsequent issue. Wish me luck!
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I recently ran across this heartbreaking story of little Safyre Terry of New York, who was horrifically injured in a fire that killed her family. Her wish this holiday season is to receive enough Christmas cards to fill her Christmas tree. I'll be making mine this weekend, and I would urge all who are able, to do the same.

Send Christmas cards for Safyre to:

P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306, USA

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something."
–Edward Everett Hale
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1. Do you ever find yourself in need of royalty-free, stock photos for a website, business presentation or other project? Here's a gigantic swipe file with links to over 100 free photo libraries.

2. The classic children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle has sold well over 30 million copies—one copy every single minute—since it was first published in 1969. Read more trivia here.

3. "Read, read, read to your children!" Five questions for Tomie dePaola — a wonderful interview with the award-winning author and illustrator of Strega Nona and many other fine works.

4. Speaking of the importance of reading to children, this NYTimes article about the benefit of having books in your home should be required reading for new parents. A sample: "After G.N.P., the quantity of books in one’s home was the most important predictor of reading performance. The implications are clear: Owning books in the home is one of the best things you can do for your children academically." (Wayne)

5. “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel's timely Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on human rights and our shared duty in ending injustice.
"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness."

Weekly Doodle: "Note to Self"

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"How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it."
–Marcus Aurelius

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True Love

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

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"And still, after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, you owe me. Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky."

   Until Next Week…

It's hard to believe, but another issue of The Happiness of Art is in the books. From all of us here at RedSneaker Studios, have a safe, HAPPY, wonderful weekend, and remember, it's really fairly simple: as Jerry Garcia says… (well, I guess you're just going to have to click that link to find out what he says!)
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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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