Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Fishing Humor

I do bobber humor! I know, what's funny about bobbers? There's a lot, and you will see. I must admit, I love bobbers and I cannot deny. Anyway, enjoy....






Check-out my vintage style lake maps. Best gift for the fishermen. 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. I have maps of Lake Winnipesaukee, Table Rock Lake, Greers Ferry, Lake Lanier, Gaston Lake, Choctawhatchee Bay, Toledo Bend, Raystown, and many others. Oh yeah, I hide a tiny mermaid in the waters of all my maps that folks love to search for. Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com

Oh yeah, this is part of my studio!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Hottest New Fishing Trend

 Oh man, there's a new fishing trend out there that's hotter than a 4th of July firecracker! Now that's hot!!! It's called "Baitscaping", yep Baitscaping. The fish are going wild over this new fishing technique and the fishermen are too. 

It massively increases your size and number....... of fish. Why do fish love it so much? Think about it, do you like something that's wild, hairy, and gnarly? Well some might, but really, with Baitscaping it's like turning chicken shit into chicken salad.  You may ask "What is Baitscaping? It's really simple as you can see from this diagram below of the gentlemen using the technique on his bait. How to catch bigger fish, "Baitscape!" You can do it too, go ahead and give it a try.





Oh yeah, don't forget to apply a little bait creme to provide that finished touch. Hey, drop us a line after you try it and let us know how it went. 


Remember: "Don't Just Bait, Baitscape!"


Check Out my vintage style Lake, River and Bay Maps! They make really cool gifts. I have over two hundred lake, river and bay maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized 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!


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Leo Lakes Lake House Maps

I've been doing maps for almost eleven years.  Interestingly,  my studio has grown as my map business has grown. I've been lucky, I have a 24'x24' space that has been dedicated to doing maps. What I find important in  my studio is "it must give me a good felling". To achieve this, I fill it with things I like and relates to my art, such as my maps, old things that I have had for years, like outboard motors, shells, lake rocks, bobbers, tackle boxes, anything that relates to my art. It is kind of like walking through a museum.  

If you toured my studio, you would find it interesting. I have wood chips from a tree a beaver was downing, sharks teeth, crinoids (Indian money), any interesting thing that I pick up at the shore. On my back wall, I display my maps, along with paddles, lures etc....


In this 24'x24' space, I paint the map in watercolors, scan it, print it, frame it, box it and lastly, ship it. I love doing lake house maps.

This gives you an idea of where I frame the canvas lake maps. 

More frame space. I try to keep barn wood, hardwood in inventory so I can quickly ship maps.

I do a lot of work on this table. I inspect the printed maps,  sign and number them and high light areas with a brush and paint.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Believe it or not I do try to keep my sales down because I like to go to the lake or river or bay sometimes. Paddle over to my website and check-out some beautiful maps: LeoLakes.com

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Beautiful Lake Maps for the lake house

Just finished this map of Neely Henry Lake Map. Ain't she pretty! She's all dressed up in her best frame and ready tyo meet her new lake house.....two feet by 4 feet and stunning.



I always add the local waterfowl flying over and a few fish jumping in the water. If you look chosely, you may find a tiny hidden mermaid swimming around. They say the children really enjoy hunting for her and are thrilled when they spot her in the waters. Oh yeah, some folks tell me that she moves, but I'm not sure that I believe that. LeoLakes.com
 

Most folks add a star to a special place on the lake such as a lake house or where they caught that big fish. I've been doing lake, river and bay maps for over ten years. Over the years, I have experimented with different elements of map art in order to provide the best and most unique map on the market. Folks will be drawn to the map like a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  I try very hard to make my maps special by adding interest to the maps. Paddle over to my website for more information: LeoLakes.com


Monday, May 31, 2021

 My two girls just graduated from college and I must give them some accolades.

Dr. Callie Oldfield has recently graduated from UGA with a Phd in Biology. She is the Director of Research at the Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park, located in Augusta, GA.

Sarah recently graduated from University of Arkansas with a Master's Degree in Mathematics. She works for the Department of Defense as an Operation Analyst at Ft Rucker, AL. Callie and Sarah, you girls are amazing!!!

Hey, paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com for a beautiful lake, river, or bay maps. We have lake maps from California to Texas to Georgia. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms. Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 

As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Map some memories

Our home is located on ten acres. Both of our kids grew up here from the time that they were born to the time that they went off to college.  Most of the land is wooded, so we called it the "Ten Acre Woods". I decided to map some memories.



I've been working on a project to map the Ten Acre Woods and turn it into a nice plot that can be framed. I'm hoping that it will become a family heirloom. I have started the above sketch to get an idea of how it may look. I may do a few more sketches before I start the final drawing. Stay tuned. I will up-date the post.

Check-out.my maps. They look great hanging in your home, lake house or office. Makes the best Gift! I have beautiful lake d├ęcor map of your favorite lake, which will look perfect above the fireplace. I even do custom maps of your favorite lake, river, or bay. LeoLakes.com

Unlike most maps, There’s a tiny mermaid hidden in the waters which folks love to search for and some say she moves around! You'll love the waterfowl which are hand painted (touched up) on the canvas prints to give that original look and each map is hand signed by Leo. For a personal touch, you can even add a small star to the location of your lake house or special place and add a few words such as "Evan's Lake House, Est. 2020" or be creative. The signatured Ruby Meridian, waterfowl and vintage plane have a story that’s included in the signed Certificate of Authenticity.  Leo Lakes treasured maps will make a cherished gift for that special someone. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Leo Lakes Tresured Maps

Folks love a beautiful lake map hanging in the lake house, but not a standard old map. Most folks are looking for a special map that is very interesting.Here's one Leo Lakes Treasured Maps!

There's a lot that goes in to a Leo Lakes Treasured Map. LeoLakes.com 

Take for instant all of these items in the chest, most are standard map and framing items, but if you look closely, you will see some interesting items.


Take a look at this close up, I bet there's other interesting things that go into a Leo Lakes Tresured Map.



Hey, paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com to find out more. We have lake maps from California to Texas to Georgia. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms. Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 
As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.



Friday, April 9, 2021

The perfect Lake House Decor

The perfect lake house decor. When I was a child, I often fished with my dad. We had an alumium boat with a small outboard motor on the back. It was a 1946 Western Auto Wizard. The model number is WD-3 and is a neck snapping 3.2 hp. Before the war, the outboard motor wasn't too successful, however after the war the motor became a hot item!
I still have this motor. I have it in my studio and am trying to figure out how to display the motor. I keep a lot of old stuff like, paddles, floats, lures, etc... and thought that it would look good next to the maps. I have it on its side for now. 


I'm working on a stand that can show it off better. Stay tuned, I will blog about the new display when it's finished. 
Paddle over to map website to see some beautiful Lake decor maps. 

I have maps of Lake Winnipesaukee, Table Rock Lake, Greers Ferry, Lake Lanier, Gaston Lake, Choctawhatchee Bay, Toledo Bend, Raystown, and many others. Oh yeah, I hide a tiny fish in the waters of all my maps that folks love to search for. Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com





Saturday, March 27, 2021

Lake Map Wall Collage

  I've been working on a collage of maps for a customer. These are all 10"x20" in black frames. It will be a special gift for someone who has been involed at each one of these lake. 

I actually think that they look pretty good. I've been doing lake, river and bay maps for over ten years. Over the years, I have experimented with different elements of map art in order to provide the best and most unique map on the market. Folks will be drawn to the map like a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  I try very hard to make my maps special by adding interest to the maps, like a tiny hidden mermaid. LeoLakes.com

Also, each framed map or map over 16x32, comes with a certificate of authenticity, lake poem, and interesting facts abut the map. 

I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House or office Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Choctawhatchee Bay is located in the panhandle of Florida. My dad was stationed at Eglin Air Base during World War Two. I remember traveling to Destin in the 60s and tour all the places that he and my mom visited back in the 40s. A great fishing area with many fishermen going to Destin Florida for some great deep sea fishing. I've been fishing there many times going out on a boat called the Florida Girl and catching red snapper, sea bass and grouper. It's a beautiful area with the beaches being so white and fine it looks like sugar. 

 ...all dressed up in her beautiful new frame and ready to meet her new beach house.... two feet by four feet and stunning.

I did this map of beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay a few years ago. It has all the great towns around the bay, Santa Rosa, Destin, Niceville, Sandestin, Seascape, Seaside, and Ft Walton Beach. Unterestingly, some of the points have unqiue names. There's Alligator Point, Hammock Point and my favorite, Buccaroo Point.

Hey, paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com for a beautiful lake, river, or bay maps. We have lake maps from California to Texas to Georgia. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms. Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 

As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Leo Lakes Treasured Maps

I did this custom lake map a few months ago. As you can see, it tured out beautiful. It is a very simple map with few landmarks or landmarks, but I added as much interest as I could to the map.

First, I added the waterfowl flying over with the shadows. The waterfowl and shadows give the map depth. Next, I added fish jumping and ripples in the water to make you wonder what happen near the ripples. I also added a few sailboats because there is a yacht club near. Lastly, I titled everything that I know about the area. I try not to allow the map to become too busy. Interestingly, I add a tiny mermaid to the waters for folks to search for. Her name is Lois. LeoLakes.com


For years and years, folks have been christening boats as an invitation for the water gods to bless their vessel. Hanging a LeoLakes Map in a lake house, is kind of like chisining a boat. So, hanging that map is a call to the water gods to bless the lake house. Lake House Christening!

Paddle over to website to see my Lake, River, and Bay Maps. I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes  maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com


   

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A ture treasured Place!

 Ain't she pretty! She's all dressed up in a barnwood frame and ready to go to the lake house warming party. You will be so proud when you walk in with the prettiest gift at the party! Beautiful Logan Martin Lake.

Interestingly, on Logan Martin Lake there’s a tiny unique island named Pirate's Island. It's only 30 feet by 30 feet, but it is very popular in the summer time. It has a pirate flag, tiki, palm tree, a hammock and a treasure chest. The chest has all sorts of beads and jewels.

One fun thing to do is to leave a treasure, such as Mardi Gras beads and take a treasure. Kids love this!

A true Treasured Place!

I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased  from the site, or I can do custom and personalized vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by paddling over to LeoLakes.com




Oh Yeah, unlike most maps there's a tiny mermaid hidden in the waters which folks love to search for and some say she moves around! You'll love the waterfowl which are hand painted (touched up) on the canvas prints to give that original look and each map is hand signed by Leo. LeoLakes.com

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Tresured Memory

 I was working on a map of the Tennessee River the other day for a customer. It included the section of the river that shows Danville TN. As I was working on the map, I felt something different about this map. However, I just couldn't pin point why this map was special. I didn't finish the map that day and put it aside. 

The next day, when I started back on the map, It Hit Me, I've been here before! It was with my dad and a fishing buddy. I was twevle years old. It was early spring and we were in a bass boat fishing along the railroad tussel that extendes across the water near the Danville Ferry. We were fishing for catfish and using chicken livers, yes chicken livers. A very funny thing happened that day! 


As I was casting out, my juicy chicken liver flew off my hook and splat on the side of my dad's head, right above his ear. I watched the liver slowly slide down, stop and curl around his ear with juice running down. It was so funny, but I wasn't sure if I should laugh. However, my dad and his fishing buddy busted out laughing. It was so funny when he reached up and flung the bait into the water. It was a cool memory and it all strated with a "Treasured Map".  Remember: "Get away from the big screen and get on a be stream..." Paddle over to my website site, LeoLakes.com to see some beautiful Lake, River and Bay maps. 



Friday, January 29, 2021

Treasured Heirloom Lake Maps

 I've been working on this special map of Watts Bar Lake. What makes it a special map other than being a Leo Lakes Map? Well, it's a wedding map.  


I have been doings, what I call, wedding maps for over ten years. Couples email me about painting a map of a lake that they either met, proposed, or were married on. Amazingly, more couples than you would think, have a connection to the lake and their relationship.


This customer asked that I add five special points of interest to this map. If you look closely, you may see them. The most interesting point is "She Said Yes". This definitely makes the map special. Hopefully, this map will become a family heirloom and passed down generation after generation. Hey, why not paddle over to LeoLakes.com and see more interesting treasured maps.



Friday, January 22, 2021

Bobber Logic

Everyone needs a little "Bobber Logic". I do a few fishing cartoons on occasion and here is a few that you may find funny during this covid virus. Happy Fishing...... 






Leo Lakes Studio 
Check-out my maps, they make the best fishermen's gift! 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. I have maps of Lake Winnipesaukee, Table Rock Lake, Greers Ferry, Lake Lanier, Gaston Lake, Choctawhatchee Bay, Toledo Bend, Raystown, and many others. Oh yeah, I hide a tiny fish in the waters of all my maps that folks love to search for. Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com