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12/19/14 10:15 am - 19 DECEMBER 2014






VARIATION ON A THEME Remember I told you about my Xmas doodle? Here's this year's model.










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12/16/14 09:48 am - 16 DECEMBER 2014






TODAY'S JANE AUSTEN'S BIRTHDAY Her 239th birthday-anniversary! I may have seen one of her novels adapted into a movie but I've never read any of her books. I think she's what they call "Chick-Lit." (Remember Chiclets? Those hard-coated gum squares in a box?)

No, I'm no fan of Jane Austen. I don't have anything against her, either. I'm sure I drew this picture in response to a comment or a post by someone who I am a big fan of—and that would be my friend and poem-editor, Kelly Ramsdell.

So, Happy Birthday, Jane, and happy day to you, Kelly!











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12/14/14 11:40 am - 14 DECEMBER 2014






'BEEN A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED in my lack of drawing of late. This last round of treatment seems to have zapped my desire down to nil. But recently I found an opportunity to get some scribbling in—Christmas cards! Like last year's LUSH SANTA, I'm running a similar theme of card doodle.

Cool!

HAPPY X marks the spot, Miss!











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12/13/14 12:22 pm - 13 DECEMBER 2014





MY APOLOGIES!

If you went to my ONLINE SHOP and clicked the link to purchase a coffee mug design at one price and found the item at a price almost three dollars more—I'm sorry!




This was not an intentional bait-and-switch. I'm not that kind of businessman.

It was a CAFE PRESS snafu.

I noticed when I was redesigning my website back in June that the Cafe Press prices had increased by 99 cents. I assumed it was some inflation or across-the-board product price increase, so I set up my shop with that new price. When I was checking links on the site the other day, I found that the Cafe Press prices were now up to $15! After some investigating I found the error in the link to the prices I had originally established.

So, all is fixed, now! And the prices have returned to their original listing of $12.

Sorry for the trouble. Happy shopping!

SLATTS SHOP






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12/10/14 08:50 am - 10 DECEMBER 2014





HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMILY DICKINSON!


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12/9/14 10:14 am - 9 DECEMBER 2014





KIRK DOUGLAS celebrates his 98th birthday today—HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kirk!

In March of 2006, I was enrolled in Jeanne Sisson's Batik Workshop. This class was a blast! I was in high-powered overdrive trying to create as many pieces as possible. It was during this time that my most well-known batiks were created. Bob Marley. Billie Holiday. Martin Luther King Jr.



But also during this time, some batiks that never made it to the frame shop were rendered. Charlize Theron. Bette Davis.

And Kirk Douglas.



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12/8/14 09:05 am - 8 DECEMBER 2014





TODAY IN 1960 NBC broadcast a color version of the TV special, "PETER PAN" starring Mary Martin.

As a child growing up in the Sixties, I remember there were some "rules" about BOYS and GIRLS. What boys are suppose "to do" and "not to do." And one of them was crying. According to every authoritarian I had encountered in those first few years of the 1960's, Boys DO NOT Cry!

So, when it came time to tell the story about a very traumatic first day of school in my graphic-poem, "Frankenstein Meets Sister Mary Shelley," I thought Mary Martin would be the perfect authoritarian to instruct me on the rule: "Boys DO NOT cry."

Thus, Sister Kathleen John (my real Kindergarten nun) became Sister Mary Martin. What better person than a woman who plays a man to tell me what boys and girls are suppose to do, I thought.



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12/7/14 08:51 am - 7 DECEMBER 2014





WHEN YOUR GIMMICK IS drawing pictures that ask a viewer to "Guess WHO I am?," it's cool to be there when the magic happens and they get it!

I had a number of those moments at this weekend's craft fair (that I crashed).

The two ladies on Friday who seemed to have some kind of private joke going with their ability to scan through all my wares on sale and "know" everybody like they were acing one those Facebook Quizzes. And finally, honing in on JACK KEROUAC as the perfect gift for a friend but then stuck in this "edit process" of why these cards "won't work" (he likes to drink but he's not a Catholic, He doesn't smoke anymore...).

The coffee mug with his image and great quote about life and going out "laughing and screaming" was the winner.

And there were a number of conversations with artists or friends or parents of artists, where we talked of the trade, the tricks (my tricks) and the passion.

There was the man who was going to buy one of my graphic-poems for his son and wanted to be sure it was "kid-appropriate." I assured him there were no obscenities in the text and showed the few illustrations that were "MAD magazine level" risque. He said they were not by today's standards and bought FRANKENSTEIN Meets Sister Mary Shelley.

But I've digressed a bit.

My favorite "I got it!" magic moment was this 9 or ten year old girl who came by my table and went "OH MY GOD!" She said her aunt was OBSESSED with THAT woman—she had her plastered all over her room. I asked who? She replied I don't know her name but it's her! as she pointed to the cover of my graphic-poem, A PLACE I DON'T BELONG. I said that's MARILYN MONROE. She said yes, that's her! So, I showed her the number of items I had that included the Blonde Movie Star. She finally decided on the $2. Note Card (it also fit her limited budget) and told her little sister to keep a secret.

I'll tell YOU a secret: THAT made my weekend!



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12/6/14 08:07 am - 6 DECEMBER 2014





SOMETIMES, UNUSUAL—regardless of how unusually cheap (price not quality)—is still UNUSUAL.

That was pretty much the reaction to that wares I had on display at the CRAFT FAIR Slatts crashed. By two women were genuinely amused and entertained as the correctly guessed their way through my items and found the prefect JACK KEROUAC mug for a friend. And speaking of friends, my dear friend and artist, Jenny, found herself a "Billie HOLIDAY card!"

HO! HO! HO!



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12/5/14 08:20 am - 5 DECEMBER 2014





I SHOT MY ALARM CLOCK THIS MORNING!

Actually, I shot it last night. Yesterday was the last morning I needed that screaming device to spring me out of bed at 6:30 a.m. in order for me to make it to the van service that would get me to my radiation treatments in Springfield. As much as I'm going to miss all the great people I've met over these last three weeks and all the great conversations, joking and camaraderie, I'm not going to miss those early mornings one single bit!

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