Fall Planting

It is official!  Today is the first day of fall.  Bring out the apple cider & warm jacket.  Wait!!! It does not feel very fall like here in Maryland, but the leaves are slowly changing and our nights are getting cooler.  You may think that all your butterfly & bee loving plants don't get planted … Continue reading Fall Planting



Right now building your own terrarium is growing in popularity.  You can find plants, glass jars, pebbles & figurines to build your terrarium in craft shops, nurseries & home improvement stores.  Unfortunately these things do not have an easy to do manual. #1. Glass Jar: the bigger the better.  I got my terrarium jar at … Continue reading Terrarium

Celebrating Antietam

  Starting in 2011 to 2015; the National Parks Service will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.  Nonprofits and other organizations are planning countless living history and battle reenactments.   My family and I decided to remember the Battle of Antietam this year by not going to a battle reenactment.   There … Continue reading Celebrating Antietam

Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species

  TITLE:  RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species AUTHOR: Joel Sartore GENRE: Nonfiction SETTING(S) :  America SUBJECT: Animals, Photography, Environment, Rare Species and Nature MAIN CHARACTERS :  America's Extinct, Endangered and Protect Species SUMMARY:  Noted photographer Joel Sartore takes a haunting look at the species who are currently endangered and extinct in the USA.   The … Continue reading Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species

Joy and Hope

I've always had an eye for photography and took two years of photography in High School then two semester in college.  Upon graduating from college, I found it difficult finding any inspiration for my photography, drawing, painting and graphics. So instead of treading the same path, I decided that things needed to change for 2012.  … Continue reading Joy and Hope

Graphic Styles

Graphic design has a long history spanning from the Middle Ages to today.  The various art movements have impacted the way graphic designers design, draw, create illustrations and type.  Later I will go through the different time periods that have impacted the way I design and do my various illustrations,  but for now here are … Continue reading Graphic Styles