Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lake Christmas Christen

I worked hard to come up with a clever ad for my maps. Here's the results "Hanging a Leo Lakes Treasured Map in a lake house, is like christening a boat with a bottle of champagne!" Think about it! If you have a lake house, then you should have a nice decor map of the lake that the lake house is located on, right? 


Hey, got an idea, make it a Christmas Christen at the lake house! 

Check-out what customers say:
"The  map looks great! Thanks so much.  We are visiting my brother this weekend at Lake Chautauqua and I know it will be a great addition to their new lake house.  Are you able to do waterways that are not listed.  My husband and I own a cottage on a lake in Maine and would love a picture like this."

"Larry, We  hung the map above our bed at the lake house. We absolutely love it.  We have a water ski headboard and the map works perfectly. Plan to enjoy it many years to come!

Anyway, 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. Also, you can personalize your lake map with a star where your lake house is located.  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, lake house. Add beauty with lake cabin decor, lake decor, lake cottage decor, or buy as a lake gift. Order soon to avoid the rush! Makes the best 2017 Christmas Gift.
As you can see, my lake maps make a great gift.  Orders pick-up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Remember: "Hanging a Leo Lakes Treasured Map in a lake house, is like christening a boat with a bottle of champagne!" 




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hilton Head Beach Walk

Last weekend, I was in Hilton Head S.C. for a few days. The weather was absolutely perfect for October. This is what I've learned while walking on the beach....
I can wrestled an alligator and not get hurt. Here's how I did it! 
I wrestled an alligator at Hilton Head, sort of....Well, my shadow did.....Boy was I brave!

You find amazing things on the beach. One interesting thing that I was not expecting while at Hilton Head, was discovering a 13,000 lbs. buoy in the middle of Coligny Beach.  I did a little research and found it was the after affects of Hurricane Irma. The buoy, No 8 was washed from the mouth of Port Royal Sound about eight miles away. The Coast Guard is planning on removing the buoy at some point in the future by ship or helicopter, yes a heavy lifting helicopter.

Incredible pictures can be found at the beach, old buoy no. 8 makes a great back drop for a beach picture. Yep, that's me....

Humans and dogs love the waves! I met these "Beach Dogs" while strolling down the beach. There's no doubt that these dogs like the beach as much as I do! 

I've learned .....  "When Oysters Riot, you don't see it on CNN."

I've learned that the plume coming from a shrimp boat is often flying seagulls....

Here's the most important thing that I have learned while walking on the beach, "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream."

Checkout, my Hilton Head Treasured map:
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 gift for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 
As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders pick-up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com fo

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Boat Galley Table Lake Map......

For a lake lover, the glow of a boat cabin on a spring night is the same as a crackling fire in a log cabin on a cold winter night! Well maybe, but you have to admit that the glow of light from any cabin does give you a warm feeling.....read on!     

If you look closely, you may find the objective of this photo. One of my customers send me this photo and it is to show a clever way to display a lake map on a boat. The photo is actually showing a LeoLakes Maps on the table in the boat galley. What a great place to display a map of the lake that you cruise. As you know, boats have a minimal amount of space to display wall maps, but the table top is ideal. 

The map has been epoxied to the table with other interesting items such as, a compass, calipers, coin and small anchor.  I think it is adds a personal touch and conversational piece to the cabin. 

You know, the map is like adding a crackling fire to the boat cabin. How's that? Because everyone will sit around and gaze into the map as if it were a fire, sort of. Anyway, beautiful work Brendan and thanks for the photos.

Hey, if you want to add a fireplace to your boat. Check-out my vintage style lake maps. They make a great gift. Click here, Leolakes.com to see if we have your map. We have many popular lake maps such as the Lake Winnipesaukee, Great Sacandaga Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Pickwick Lake, Greer's Ferry Lake, Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Sinclair, Table Rock Lake, and Lake Wallenpaupack. Also, we paint custom maps and have personalized maps for that special someone. 




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LeoLakes Ten year Anniversary

Ten years ago, I started OldField Studio. That was October 2007. In the beginning, OldField Studio was focused only on wildlife art. I painted in acrylics on Masonite Art Board. My art had a blurred background, which was done with an airbrush. This gave the picture a 3-D look.


Folks enjoyed my wildlife art, but I discovered that the market was oversaturated with wildlife art, even though I did okay with it. During this time, I wanted a decor map of a river that I grew up on as a kid. After some research, I found that nice decor maps of waterways didn’t exist. There were navigation, road, and topography maps, but not a really nice, vintage style lake, river or bay map that would look great hanging in a home or office.

Luckily, with my artistic talent and creativity, I decided to paint my own map of that treasured river. experimented with different colors and styles to finally settle on a vintage style that gave the painting a golden look. I added a few symbols such as the ruby meridian, wildlife and vintage plane.  

Once completed, I found that others liked the map so much that they asked for copies. This gave me the idea to paint additional rivers, lakes and bays for others to treasure their favorite waters. After a year and a half of experimenting, Leo Lakes Treasured Maps was born, which is part of Old Field Studio. It's hard to believe that its been ten years and I'm still in business. That's pretty much the story of Old Field Studio and LeoLakes in a nutshell.

Here's a photo of my studio.......
Hey, my maps make great Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house owner. 
Orders are picking up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Humor for the lake house

Here's a little Christmas Lake Humor that I have come up with. Did you know that it's only 100 days until Christmas?






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 makes the best 2017 Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 


As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders pick-up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How to Christen a Lake House?

The only way to christens a lake house is with a Leo Lakes Treasured Map hanging on the wall. Yep, check out my clever ad. I worked pretty hard on this and I think that it came out nice! Anyway, check-out my beautiful lake, river and bay maps.

My maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred 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 Champlain, Lewis Smith Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lake Sinclair, Norfork Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Conroe, Lake Winnebago 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 LeoMaps.com

Oh yeah, this is part of my studio, "here a map, there a map, everywhere a map, map!" 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lake map for the cabin!

For a lake lover, the glow of a boat cabin on a spring night is the same as a crackling fire in a log cabin on a cold winter night! Holy Moly is that deep. Well maybe, but you have to admit that the glow of light from any cabin does give you a warm feeling.....read on!     

If you look closely, you may find the objective of this photo. One of my customers send me this photo and it is to show a clever way to display a lake map on a boat. The photo is actually showing a LeoLakes Maps on the table in the boat galley. What a great place to display a map of the lake that you cruise. As you know, boats have a minimal amount of space to display wall maps, but the table top is ideal. 


The map has been epoxied to the table with other interesting items such as, a compass, calipers, coin and small anchor.  I think it is adds a personal touch and conversational piece to the cabin. 


You know, the map is like adding a crackling fire to the boat cabin. How's that? Because everyone will sit around and gaze into the map as if it were a fire, sort of. Anyway, beautiful work Brendan and thanks for the photos.

Hey, if you want to add a fireplace to your boat. Check-out my vintage style lake maps. They make a great gift. Click here, Leolakes.com to see if we have your map. We have many popular lake maps such as the Lake Winnipesaukee, Great Sacandaga Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Pickwick Lake, Greer's Ferry Lake, Lake Sidney Lanier, Lake Sinclair, Table Rock Lake, and Lake Wallenpaupack. Also, we paint custom maps and have personalized maps for that special someone. 




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A few of my silly lake cartoons. Enjoy!


Paddle over to my website and take a look at my Lake, River, and Bay Maps. I have hundreds of decor 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 Fish Camp, Lake House or Cabin. The Best lake lover gift of the year.  Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A custom heirloom lake house map

Creating a Family Heirloom Map! I just completed this custom map of a lake in North Carolina. The customer wanted to include family pictures and a star to locate their lake house. Oh yeah, I hide a tiny mermaid in the waters of the lake.

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 gift for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 


As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders pick-up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lake House Decor Maps

"My Husband loved the map". That's what I like to hear from a satisfied customer. I shipped this map of Lake Murray a few weeks ago to a lady that was giving it as a gift to her husband. They are building a lake house on Lake Murray. Here's a few photo of the Lake Murray map.


Customer Email 7/19/17- Leo, My husband loved the map. He thought the fishing spots were really cool. Can't wait to get the house completed so we can hang it.....Its great…thanks again!(Lake Murray)

I add local waterfowl flying over the lake to add interest to the map. As you can see, The shadows of the geese give the map depth. 

Did you know that most of my customers are women? Yes, they are! They buy the maps for their husband or themselves.  

Float over to my website, LeoLakes.comFolks 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. Also, you can personalize your lake map with a star where your lake house is located.  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. Order soon to avoid the rush!

All maps, 16x32 size and above, come with a Certificate of Authenticity, a poem, and a sheet covering interesting facts about your LeoLakes Decor Map. Here's the wonderful lake poem that my wife wrote about lakes, rivers, and bays.

"As I look over this beloved waterscape, The most amazing scenes appear in its wake, The sun arises above the shore, Giving grace and beauty to this place that I adore."  



Monday, July 24, 2017

Lake Tahoe Decor Maps

OH DANG!......I should have placed an eagle at "eagle point" instead of a goose. Anyway, I worked hard to add this new graphic to my website, LeoLakes.com. I think that it looks cool, except for the goose at eagle point.............Check out this canvas map of Lake Tahoe.
I try to make my maps as much "a piece of art" as they are a map. In fact, my large maps (16x32 and over) are numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity, which also includes a letter that details some other neat things about the map, such as the 'tiny hidden mermaid." Interestingly, I have sold over one thousand maps ranging in size from 10in x 20in  to 4ft x 8ft. Believe it or not, I have kept the purchase information (Who, When, Map, etc..) for all those purchases. Check-out my website LeoLakes.com. The best Christmas Gift for the Lake House.





Monday, July 10, 2017

Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks

A customer sent me this photo of one of my Lake of the Ozarks maps, framed. Man it pops..............


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. 2014" 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. 

Visit my website to see more. 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 LeoLakes.com


Friday, July 7, 2017

Kentucky Pelicans

PELICANS IN KENTUCKY?  A customer sent me a photo of White Pelicans on Kentucky Lake. I was surprised to find that they have been wintering on the lake for the last 10-12 years. LeoLakes.com


This winter, I may make a trip to Kentucky Lake and take a few photos of the pelicans. Oh yeah, check-out my website LeoLakes.com for beautiful Lake, River and Bay maps.