Once again Veteran's Count trusted me to paint another eagle this time with my own design. Using a bit of artistic license, I finished the bird in less than a week. Hopefully, it will do its job $$$ when the auction happens in December!Read More
Using the metallic gold paint I gave the bird another coat. Yellow right out of the tube was the color put on the beak and claws and the head painted white. Walking around to spot any flaws I decided it looked okay and then noticed a continual blended layering of many colors as the light played with the shadows of the feathers on the wings and tail. Mr. T had asked to have the individual feathers outlined in black. It’s one thing when looking at a flat design on paper but when it’s a 3D image there’s a lot more going on than you can imagine. Back to Hobby Lobby!Read More
The bird had taken over the garage until the project was done. This is eagle #3 for me and I have to thank Steve once again for his patience although there have been many (BIG) art projects that he has seen come and go over time.Read More
The ‘go to’ person of the company and I agreed to meet at the dealership to try to put a plan in motion on this joint project. I brought prints and pictures of various motorcycles, artistic images, and a photograph of the original owners, the Harley shield, and Harley Owners Group (HOG) logo. All of these images were conveyed to me by others as to what should be on the eagle. But most of what I brought was nixed. That was okay since it was a way to finally start to see the common denominator and understand what my role would be. I suggested a vest be put on the bird which he highly agreed to. We talked more of color choices, especially of the actual bird. When we parted I left with two kid’s vests, several leather collars with spikes and metal bling, and the United We Roll emblem.Read More
The eagle was dropped into my lap so to speak. It was if I would consider painting another eagle. This one would be for the Harley-Davison Motor Company. I went from having none of my initial designs chosen from the onset of the contest (five!) to being asked to paint a Boston Celtics themed eagle to now painting a Harley themed eagle. I did think about it for a week or so since I’d be coming into this cold with no sketches to show. Doing this on the spot or paint as you go can only work in some artistic avenues. This was a big deal and would I go through the angst again as I did with the Celtics eagle?Read More
DAY 13 & 14
It’s sealant day and here I go! A smaller wooden toy chest used for stuff and kept in the garage was the best place to put the bird after first covering it with an old plastic shower curtain liner. We have a small kitchen scale so in order to be exact with the ratio of part 1 and part 2 of the sealant Steve came up with the idea of using a plastic cup and water. He put in water to equal a portion for part 1 then marked that on the cup and did the same for part 2. I put my hair up, rolled up my sleeves, donned the mask and gloves and prepared to mix. Everything used would need to be tossed out so I had to consider which junk brush I could part with.
This was a no fuss task. Ready. Set......Read More
The rock where the bird was perched needed to be a light to medium tone since I’d be doing a ton of lettering over it. I had to make it very simple; no rock-like textures, tones or striations. So like other areas on this Icon Poly bird the right color soon appeared like magic on my mixing tray.
It was nearing the finish line. I had to come up with a color for the eagle’s body.
Two sides of the base to go and the eagle itself had yet to happen. I needed to still think it through for a while. Do I paint it like the traditional bald eagle? As I continued concentrating on the base I came to the conclusion the eagle would be simply painted and not with a complex texture of feathers.
Side 4. A city image of Boston needed to be here. There was no question about that. The Garden was a different story. How do I put on the home court where the Boston Celtics play?Read More
Today I’ll attempt to finish the two sides. On the first side I had already painted the inside circle white and sketched the leprechaun in place. For any sketching I needed to do I decided to use a regular black pen as a pencil did not show up. Then I took my time and mixed the gold for the vest, the shade for the skin tone and the color for the basketball. For each it was all a matter of dabbling with the right amounts of yellow, white, red and a smidge of green. Letting this first attempt dry, I moved on to The Big Three.Read More
I’ll attempt to paint the eagle wearing a Celtic uniform. I used the green straight out of the tube and immediately didn’t like the color. Ugh. I looked at some of the images of the players that I had printed out for a better color idea. I had a feeling that I would need more than a dab of the Celtic green color so I’d better prepare a fair amount since it would be something I wouldn’t want to remix. I couldn’t afford to waste time an attempt to rematch the color and then needing to paint it all over again because it was ‘off’. I needed to plan ahead. A medium size paper coffee cup with a cover that didn’t get thrown away was the perfect size and I used it to mix the green with a bit of white. It was just the right combination. I had my color.Read More
The deadline had been extended several times but unfortunately, none of my designs were selected. I sighed and then thought about all that work I went through for nothing. I felt a little dejected but then out of the blue, I received an email from Veterans Count asking if I would be interested in a commission and more specifically if I would like to paint a celebrity eagle. It was a total surprise and I did think about it for a minute or two before deciding to take them up on the offer. The eagle was to be a Boston Celtics theme.Read More
The Beginning of the Challenge
The word was out in January that The SOS Eagle Parade for Veterans Count in Manchester had begun and they were looking for artists to submit entries. With creative craziness, I have to admit that I went overboard in the number of designs submitted (five!). I never feel I waste my time since I’m using the creative process to always brush up on my skills. I also learn more in the homework I always do in the preparation of any project. When you design anything you begin by drawing from the well where you’ve stored an abundance of accumulated inspiration from every single project over time. It’s when you stop trying that the well dries up. Never stop trying!Read More
We all have those places we would love to go, things to do, and adventures to take part in. Last October all of these things happened for me in one day.
take part in. Last October all of these things happened for me in one day.
When I began writing my Civil War novel I needed to go to the places in and around the Boston area that I was writing about to get a sense of place. One other place I wanted to go to that was on my bucket list was a Civil War reenactment. The focus of my novel takes place during that time period in history but it is more the story of the effects of the war on everyone...Read More
2017 marks the twelfth year or so that we have tapped maples trees on our property. I don’t remember why we decided to do this back then so I guess I’ll blame Hank. We crossed paths with this curmudgeon a long time ago. He became a great friend and the go-to guy when we started our quest to make the best syrup around (in my mind!). It was a challenge to compete with Peterson’s Sugarhouse. He gave us buckets and taps and shared books about the whole process. Steve became his tour guide during Maple Weekend as the Sugarhouse always had an overflow crowd during this event. So to prep for the day he took books home to read and learn and have the facts at the ready for the many inquisitive minds that would stop by on Peabody Row.Read More
I began this story on February 28, 2017. This year it is the date of Mardi Gras or in translation, Fat Tuesday. This day celebrates the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season which begins the following day or what is known as Ash Wednesday. For many people it begins another type of resolution to be better somehow such as giving up certain foods.
In a previous story I wrote about the passing of Uncle Jack and all the drama associated with the paring down of family mementoes. The task my sisters and I have been faced with has been overwhelming... Read moreRead More
When Uncle Jack died last September my sisters and I were thrown into a whirlwind of the unknown. We had no idea the amount of tasks that we would be faced with. It’s been a swirling dervish all its own as the three of us are at odds with this, that and the other thing and each other.
The Dutch Colonial house built in 1927 had been in our family since 1950. It had belonged to our grandparents and a place where we felt was ours too in the...Read More
A winter day in January and I’m finally catching up on old news. But it really isn’t old news when you think about something from time to time. It can still be new and fresh when you reflect on those moments and conversations when you look back.
It was August 28, 2016 and the three of us were up at the camp for a birthday weekend. Sister #3 turned the big six-oh and we wanted to have some fun. An excursion was planned aboard the Mt. Washington around Lake Winnipesaukee. We hadn’t been on the big boat for quite a while so it was nice to have an excuse. It was Sunday and we got to... Read MoreRead More
Camel looked around the room to see if he could spot the three wise guys. He knew that they were drawn to this place given the name of it and what went on behind the doors. Glitter and glam was the calling card and it showed all that from the outside. Aptly named, “Frank’s Intense Gold n’ More – Grand Casino and Bar” this is where the three came to play the game since being drawn in a long time ago. Camel’s eyes stopped at the casino table and Dog watched as his friend began to move his big lips and chew noisily.Read More
The building at 501 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York dates back to 1916 and once served as a classic car restoration shop. It was transformed into a private events venue in 2013 and now provides a unique backdrop for stylish weddings, corporate events, and photo shoots. Guests can enjoy three distinct spaces within the venue: an open-air courtyard, an elegant cocktail lounge, and a light-filled reception hall. Locally-sourced design elements include Modo chandeliers by Jason Miller, customized Flavor Paper wallpaper, and a vaulted skylight that runs the length of the main gathering space that reflects the best of old and new; Brooklyn; industrial chic with a touch of modern glamour.
This was the setting for the July wedding and reception of ....Read More
This could have been my first rodeo but I wasn’t dressed for the part. The story you are about to read is real. All the characters playing various roles in the production are not actors; this is who they are every day.
One afternoon about a week ago something a bit out of the ordinary happened on Griffin Road. We had been up to our camp for a few days, as Leah was home for vacation. Steve had been home about 40 minutes before we showed up. When we walked in, Steve looked like he had just washed his face. But when he said to look closer, half of it was puffy and he had used eye drops. I said, “What happened to you?” He only said, “Just look at the pictures on my phone.”
And this is where the story takes an unexpected turn. What Leah and I had just missed seeing was...Read More