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Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and Mother's Day isn't too long after that (May 8th this year). I'll be sure to include some art for mom in next week's issue. In the meantime, here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Cinco de Mayo.
"Do good and don't worry to whom." 
–Mexican Proverb
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Bits, Bytes & Nybbles,
culled from the depths of the Internet…
A vault of color: protecting the world's rarest pigments. • Adiós, Amigo: Say goodbye to The Most Interesting Man in the World. (Click to find out where he's going.) • Artists can now create and submit their own Snapchat Geofilters, location based overlays that users can apply to their Snaps. (Click for Submission Guidelines.) • A Nerd’s Guide to the 2,229 paintings at MoMA. • Thinking Big but Starting Small—An Artist at 100. • The Panama Papers show how the very rich use art to get richer. • $250 million, 300 scientists and 40 labs: Sean Parker’s revolutionary project to ‘solve’ cancer. • This past Tuesday was the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The ruined nuclear plant will remain a threat for 3,000 years. Read the fascinating (and heartbreaking) story of the Chernobyl "Liquidators."
"A song is a short story." 
–Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson
I typically talk about visual artists here, but I'm switching it up a bit this week so we can celebrate the 83rd birthday (today) of one of my favorite musical artists, Willie Nelson.

According to his autobiography, It's A Long Story, Willie has written several dozen new songs, recorded five new albums, and performed over three hundred live concerts (one of which I saw in person)… just since he turned eighty! (The book was released just under a year ago, so those numbers are actually conservative because he's still going strong.) Seriously, has Willie cloned himself?
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I play guitar, so I'm mildly obsessed with the story of Willie's beloved guitar, Trigger. Here's a great short video about it. Click here or on my drawing below to see the real deal…
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Did you know Willie wrote his first song at the age of seven? Or that he received his fifth-degree black belt in a martial art called GongKwon Yusul on the day before his 81st birthday? Here are some more interesting facts about Willie—and a few more—that may surprise you.
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Want to play guitar like Willie, but don't have the time to learn how? Don't fret! Now ANYONE can play the guitar! Just buy a pair of Willie Braids and his old tour bus (it sold for $36,000 just a few years ago), and you'll be ready to hang out with Willie and learn his famous card trick.
"Get in there. Sing the song. Get out. I'm not big on a hundred takes and a thousand overdubs. My kind of singing isn't meant to be perfect. It's meant to reflect the imperfections of a human being like me." 
–Willie Nelson
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"The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." 
–Willie Nelson

April Print Giveaway

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A Mother's Heart by D.E.Uhlig

This print started out as a gift for my wife.

  • SIZE: Artwork is matted to 8 x 10 inches (fits in 11 x 14 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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"The more I work, the more I feel I'm capable of working and the more I like it." 
–Willie Nelson
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   Until next week…
Here's Willie, Trigger and the late Merle Haggard in the studio recording "Unfair Weather Friend" on their recent, and final, album together.

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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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