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:

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.

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: