Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Lady Maryland

This is a very nice vessel and accomplishes some extraordinary work with children of various ages.

The Lady Maryland offers trips along the Chesapeake Bay during the summer, and this photo was taken when she stopped in Crisfield, Md. at the Somers Cove Marina.

This shot inspired me to do a painting of her, and is currently hanging in a gallery. I will have to get by there and take a photo and post it.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


I saw this old anchor close to Small Boat Harbor. I could only imagine the stories it holds.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On Assignment

Another photo of my wife hard at work. I get her old hand me down equipment. I can not wait until I get that lens she is using. I thought we were retired! LOL

Filtered Blue Heron

My wife is teaching me how to use filters. Here is a Blue Heron that I turned into a brown Heron.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Small Boat Harbor

This is a close up of one of my paintings. This is Small Boat Harbor where the waterman keep their boats.


Just practicing with the telephoto.

Dinner Time

My wife and I went to dinner tonight. I took these photos of a flower pot full of spring forks, spoons and knives.

You can click on photos to enlarge.

Happy dining!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two Little Cats

Here is another picture of Skipper who has claimed me as his human servant. I took it in our studio while taking a break from painting. I think it is a little more in focus than my last attempt.


Below are 2 photographs that my wife took of our Siamese, Czarina(I figured I needed at least a few good photos on my site). We found her in the yard last year starving; she was skin and bones. We took her to the vet and found out that she had round worms, and an upper and lower respiratory infection. While on medication she went into heat and we had laser surgery done on her because she was so weak. Now she rules the roost.

Being a seafood lover, I had just put a bunch of empty clam shells and we saw one of our other cats spying her through the window. Had it not been for clam shells she may not have stopped by our house. Little does she know that clam shells saved her life!
We have a little fireplace heater in the kitchen; she likes to meditate here.

I was resting my back in the studio with Czarina curled up beside me and Skipper sleeping on the pillow, with cat chow plums dancing through their heads, when all of a sudden I heard the click of a shutter as Czarina gave a big yawn.

And to all a good night.

Boats in Fog

Here is another pitiful attempt at photography. Difficult shooting in fog. My wife did not help me.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I am posting one of my outsider/folk art paintings that I recently painted.

I painted this from a photograph that my wife took.

Lucky Cat

I was filling up the cat food storage tin today and snapped this shot of one of our cats who enjoys the smell of fresh cat food in the morning.

I got my camera and took a snapshot. After his tummy was full of cat chow and Fancy Feast he settled down for a long afternoon nap.

I am still learning, and will never be as good as my wife, but it is fun.

BTW, this is Skipper, 1 of our 5 cats. He was found wandering in a graveyard when he was about 3 weeks old. A friend who works at the humane society called to see if we would take him. He is now 2 years old and weighs about 15 pounds, and claims me as his favorite human.

He eats way too much!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Look For Me in the Obits.

It snowed on Friday and I went with out with my wife who was looking for a feature shot for her newspaper. She photographed a mailman, and in this photo she is getting his name.

We woke up, and seeing the snow, hit the streets, knowing it was going to be a fast moving and light snow.

My wife has no makeup on and threw on her nearest hat , so she is going to kill me for posting this photo of her.

But, I am practicing, so perhaps she will forgive me. And I am a good assistant who works cheap. Being retired, it gives me something to do when I am not painting or working with the Coast Guard Aux.

My Dealer

This is my attempt to play with my wife's Adobe Photo program.

This is my favorite places to pick up fresh oysters and crabs. Now I am working on oysters - Chincoteague oysters are my favorite.

Crab season begins in a few weeks! When I am in the mood for a tasty sandwich, I go for the big flounder sandwich.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Book cover

I had the privilege of having Madeleine Mysko pick one of Vietnam paintings for the cover of her book "Bringing Vincent Home."

The painting, depicting the Vietnam War Memorial, was actually a commissioned painting I did for a doctor at Emory University. Luckily, I had a good digital photo of the painting, courtesy of my best friend, my wife.

Mysko's, a nurse at a burn ward in Texas, wrote this book from her experiences. It is a wonderful and moving book. Check it out at Amazon.com.

Birds in snow

My wife, a professional photographer, gives me all her used equipment, so instead of filing all of my photos, I thought I would share them.

I took these photos today after a snow storm hit our area. I made 2 trips to town to keep these little buggers in food, so I do not think they minded my interrupting their dinner.

This is a blue heron that hangs around our home.

Click on photos to enlarge.