Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lake Winnipesaukee fly over, sort of?

Just completed this 6'-4" x 3'-2" treasured map of Lake Winnipesaukee. The map is large enough for me to place the camera near the canvas and take close-up shots.
Coming in for a land! It almost looks like you are really flying over a lake minus the island names! 
 
 Lake Winnipesaukee is a beautiful lake with many islands.

 All my lakes have the signature ruby meridian, waterfowl, and hidden things in the water.

Here's a great blue heron flying over the lake. I hand paint (touch up) the waterfowl on all canvas prints. 

 If you look closely, you may see a mermaid in the water or even a big trout. See more lakes, rivers and bay maps at www.LeoLakes.com

hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.


Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Little Waders

I did this cartoon a while back and I thought it was funny so I brought it back. Enjoy!
 
I couldn't resist doing this cartoon of these waders hanging on the wall and little Johnny's artwork all over his dad's fish suit, as little Johnny calls them. Looks like that's a permanent marker in Johnny's hand. Hmm, wonder what daddy's reaction will be?

Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

An uproar in the ten acre woods!


Yesterday there was a huge disturbance in the ten acre woods. Lots of rustling, scurrying, and barking by the neighbors, the squirrels. What was causing all of this uproar? I'm not sure, but just before I ran into the house to get the camera, silence came over the ten acre woods. You could hear an acorn drop. Hmmm... what's going on? After retrieving my camera, I scanned the trees to see if I might see what was causing the ruckus.  
Finally, buried behind a lot of twigs and branches, I discovered a hawk. No double about it, this hawk is looking for a meal with the main course being a bushy tail. Looking through the camera it was hard to determine the hawk's species.
After transferring the photos to my laptop, I was able to identify the hawk. It was a Red Shouldered Hawk, which is common in this area.
Normally, we have an abundance of squirrels, but on occasion they all disappear, thanks to the Great Horned Owl, Red Tail Hawk and Red Shouldered Hawk.  

What's in your woods?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A government study reveals "what deer see when they look into headlights."

Scientist, hunters, automobile drivers and just about everybody has wondered what do deer see when they are "deer in the headlights." Well finally, the results are in for this 32.4 million dollar government study to determine what deer really see when they are "Deer in the headlights."

A government spokesman stated that we know what we see when we see deer in the headlights, but what do the deer see? This has been a perplexing question every since the invention of the headlight. The study was over a five year period and took place in many parts of the country. It took several universities, and a team of scientist, technicians and professional photographers to gather all the results. The most sophisticated cameras were used to film the actual events. The best way to explain the results is to just look at the official photos.
 

Exhibit 1- Deer in head lights


Exhibit 2- What the deer see.
The study finally pays off. This is what deer see. Totally amazing!

Ok, I may have let my imagination go a little too wild, but it is humorous, yes? I hope you enjoyed. Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, or at least put one on the wall. 
Checkout my lake decor maps at www.LeoLakes.com Great for the Lake Lover!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lewis Smith Lake Decor Map

I Just completed this treasured map of Lewis Smith Lake in Alabama. It's a large 2 feet x 4 feet and printed on  canvas.  
My goal is for the map to almost glow. 


I hide things in the waters of the river, lake or bay.

On canvas prints, I come back and hand paint the waterfowl to make them pop and to appear as if they float over the map. I just noticed in this photo that if you look closely you may find something swimming in the water.


 I  hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.


Remember: Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, if not, put one on the wall."

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

An icy walk in the ten acre woods

Icy weather has settled in here at the ten acre woods. I left the warm fire this morn to go out and see what's around the woods. Here's what my camera captured on this Wednesday, January 16th, 2013. 
There is an old barbwire fence that covers a portion of the ten acre woods that was likely placed here in the 50s or early 60s. A drip started to fall, but was frozen before it could hit the ground. This is what would be called "frozen in time."
Very little green is remaining in the woods, however this red cedar tree is trying its best to display its colors. A nice coating of ice is doing its best to cover the green.
We have pileated woodpeckers which are larger than a crow and have a beautiful red crown. They can certainly rip the bark off a tree looking for bugs. 
It's almost as if this tree has been hand hewn with a tool.
Icy under grown, waiting for the big melt. 
The last photo of this icy day. 

What's in your woods? Get up and get out!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Snakes Life

OK, here's some of my older cartoons that I put together as a cartoon strip. It's called "The life and times of Gerty the green snake!"






Saturday, January 5, 2013

Barren River Lake

Here's some pictures of a painting that I'm doing. I'm putting the finishing touches on this decor map of Barren River Lake located in central Kentucky. I repaint the waterfowl to make them pop and hopefully look like they are floating above the map. 
This map is huge, 4ft x 8ft canvas.  
Remember Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, like Barren River Lake.