Friday, August 27, 2021

Large Lake House Maps

Large Lake Maps for the lake House, I did this big map of Greers FerryLake for a customer that has a lake house overlooking the lake. Ain't she pretty! She's 2 feet by 4 feet, and all dressed up in a beautiful frame, ready to go to the lake house warming party. You will be so proud when you walk in with her on your arm, prettiest gift at the party.


Paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com. I paint beautiful lake, river and bay decor maps. 

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 Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 

As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders will picking up during the holidays, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Just remember: "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream".

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Epic battle with a bee in the studio

A wasp got into the Leo Lakes Studio. Some people see a wasp, but I see a big, ugly, rusty red, flying, killing machine! You see, I'm allergic to wasp stings. If I get stung, my throat will close-up and I cant breath. I have to down a healthy dose of Benadryl and take a trip to the hospital. I normally sit in the hospital parking lot hoping that the Benadryl will kick in, usually it does. When I get back home, the Benadryl will cause me to take a long nap. The bottom line is a very bad day! Anyway, I decided that I had too many maps to do and I had to battle the wasp, which is typically the case.


I got my Ninja on and grabbed a paddle. Just about that time I spotted the big, ugly, rusty red wasp. I swung the paddle toward the wasp and missed, but did three thousand dollars in damage to a bunch of frames, just kidding. I did destroy a map box. The big, ugly, rusty red wasp got away. The rest of the day, I nervously worked on maps while keeping an eye out for that big, ugly, rusty red wasp that actually could kill me. Luckily, the next day I found the big, ugly, rusty red wasp died. 

Enough about the wasp, check-out my Lake, River, and Bay maps! Here's a few, they look great in the lake house and make great gifts. 

Lake Erie Map                                  St George Island Map

 


Russian River Map                                                     Table Rock Lake Map



You will find much waterfowl around the lake such as eagles, geese, herons and gulls. To add more interest to the map, I add fish jumping and hide a tiny mermaid to the waters. Folks love to search the waters for hidden surprises. 

If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoLakes.com.  We have many lake maps that will make great gifts for the lake house. 











Saturday, July 31, 2021

Toledo Bend Lake Map Painting

Toledo Bend Lake is a beautiful lake! I just finished this map painting of Toledo Bend Lake. Soon it will be hanging in the customers lake house. I've never been to Toledo Bend Lake, but I can tell that it is a beloved lake by many. This map comes in vertical or horizontal configurations.  LeoLakes.com



Interestingly, I often get comments about the tiny mermaid hidden in the waters of all my maps. Folks love to tell me about the search for the mermaid. 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 approximately seven 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. LeoLakes.com


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 Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com

My best 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 Lake map paintings. Best gift for the fishermen. I have hundreds 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!

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

How to display an Old Outboard Motor

I have 1946 Western Auto Wizard outboard motor that I inherited from my dad. I've been working on 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. in this photo you can see the motor on the floor.



The major question: What to build to support the motor? My idea is to build a 2ft x 3ft up-right panel with legs and add a drawing showing the underwater with a boat on the surface. 
Here's the background that I used. I added a few bass, catfish, and bream. 

I finally placed the outboard motor on to the support and I wasn't impressed. After all this work, I don't like it. The motor is too big, the background is too cartoony, and it looks odd. So, back to the drawing board. I'm now thinking that a pipe with legs may be better, less background showing and more motor.   


Stay tuned, I will be working on a new support in the future, but for now this support is going into the trash. Hey, paddle over to map website to see some beautiful Lake 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





Friday, July 2, 2021

New Fourth of July Fishing Trend, Baitscaping!

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 Studio Tour

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

Neely Henry Lake Map

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 Girls


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

The Ten Acxe Woods

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've been working on a project to map the Ten Acre Woods and turn it into a nice framed plot that can be framed. I'm hopeing 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 tured as I up-date, 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 decor 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

Old Fishing Stuff

Old fishing stuff......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