The SOS Eagle - Days 8, 9 & 10

The SOS Eagle - Days 8, 9 & 10

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? 

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The SOS Eagle - Days 5, 6 & 7

The SOS Eagle - Days 5, 6 & 7

DAY 5

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.

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The SOS Eagle - Days 3 & 4

The SOS Eagle - Days 3 & 4

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.

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The SOS Eagle – Days 1 & 2

The SOS Eagle – Days 1 & 2

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. 

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The SOS Eagle Parade 2017 – The Beginning of the Challenge

The SOS Eagle Parade 2017 – The Beginning of the Challenge

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!

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Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory

Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory

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...

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For Love of Sap

For Love of Sap

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.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

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 more

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Vinyl is Everlasting

Vinyl is Everlasting

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...

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Ship Ahoy!

Ship Ahoy!

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 More

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So this Camel and Dog walk into a Bar...

So this Camel and Dog walk into a Bar...

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. 

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The Wedding at 501 Union Street

The Wedding at 501 Union Street

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 .... 

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My First Rodeo

My First Rodeo

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...

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Fiesta Bowl of Fun

Fiesta Bowl of Fun

Ohio State Buckeyes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish competed in a much anticipated matchup on January 1, 2016 to mark the first game of the New Year. The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona saw a sold out crowd attend the 45th BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl. (Check out the amazing ongoing goodwill provided through the Fiesta Bowl organization).

Like any college football game there’s so much home school spirit.... Read More

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Tis' the Season

Tis' the Season

We are given opportunities that make a difference in a good way more often than not. Sometimes we notice those moments and sometimes they go by without another thought. One moment came to me last week.

I needed to go to the American Legion Post 27 building located on Sargent Road. My military novel, Today is the Day, has been graciously put on display the last several months. I was dropping off more books, some added....

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