Archive for February, 2014

Observations Of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Monday, February 24th, 2014

I suppose people in cities and suburbs talk a lot about traffic. In rural America, we do to… kind of. Here’s a text conversation I had with my wife last week. She starts the conversation by telling me she won’t be home when I arrive as she’s heading to town. And then the traffic reports begin. (note: please excuse the typos. The cause of which is not the operator’s fault.)


When I got to the aforementioned location of the road block I found this young moose at the end of our driveway.


I doubt that moose are often mentioned in traffic conversations unless you live in a small town in rural America.

Moose Illustration

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Shortly after moving into our new home I photographed this guy in our back yard. I really enjoy illustrating the experience.


(Click to enlarge)

Kids’ Artwork

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

I have the chance to visit a local elementary school fairly regularly. I enjoy the artwork that lines the halls. I hope you do to.

One of these kids is a very non-conventional thinker. Reminds me of me. (click images to enlarge)


Is it just me, or is there a teacher that missed the red flag here?

Water Repellent, because you never know.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Living in a forest means being prepared for whatever wild beasts may come. These things are dangerous. So, a can of bear repellent as well as Heavy Duty Water Repellent are a must.


Butterfly (in progress)

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

After reviewing the original back ground that I’d drawn, I realized it needed a lot of work. So, I submit this without a back ground for now.  It turns out that he wings of this creature are much more complex than some blotches as I first thought when I selected it. The flowers are “supposed to be” fuzzy, but I haven’t figured out a technique for this (yet). Still practicing.

Click images to enlarge.


(The original photo)