Do you get a thrill when you spot a hawk or eagle?
I recently traveled a few times along NY Rte I-86 between Binghamton and Elmira. I’ve been working on my hawk-spotting, and have seen as many as 17 during the one hour drive. There’s even been a few eagles along the way. The hawks inspired these sketches.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled. But I’m happy to let you know a rescheduled signing is coming soon!!!
So excited to have an actual book signing at our local Barnes & Noble bookstore this Friday, November 30 from 2-5 pm! Please stop by and say hi!
Me with the poster for my signing!
About the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it. It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it. The published book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen on my trip to Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon. I will have a limited quantity available for sale at the signing this week.
I’ll also have a few 2019 calendars available. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.
And I am also selling a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each) Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.
Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!
The first stopover was in Wiscasset, a lovely airbnb rental named The Sea Salt, song of the sea. It was so perfect, I wish I had more than one night there! Not only did they supply fresh flowers, pristine bedding, organic coffee, they also had wine for sale (only $10!) and it was one of my favorite cabernets! Oh, and to top it off, a freshly made blueberry muffin in the morning!
The next day I went to a B&B, Riverside Inn. There was an error with my booking, so I was upgraded to an efficiency with a deck overlooking the East Machias River, where I spotted ospreys, a kingfisher and had an eagle pose upriver for me!
Looking up East Machias River
Day 3 allowed me extra time in the morning to visit Lubec, the easternmost town in the U.S. There’s a small park, and a nice lighthouse.
But the main attraction was a cruise to Machias Seal Island to be able to see puffins up close! My first experience in a blind, and they were right there, posing for us!
“There is only one tower where I know I’d live and be locked up forever, even to die there rather than return the keys – Mogador in Africa.” Paul Claudel
Essaouira, (formerly Mogador) is a walled city dating from the time of the Phoenicians, who named it Migdol or small fortress. In 1506, the city became the seat of a Portuguese fortress and was strengthened by the construction of ramparts.
We started at the fortress, surrounded by gulls who would be hoping for some fishy tidbits later in the day.
A short video at the fortress (Click on the image to watch)
After another delicious lunch, we headed to the fish market – the quantities and varieties just amazed me.
Crabs for sale
Sting rays for sale
Please excuse the way my sketches from this adventure are slowly dribbling in as I continue working on them, in between any new places I find!
My inner nerd is very happy to see these new calendars & planners. I’ve added notepads with grid lines- you can have one for free when you order any two items. And the planners have my Vespa scooter on the front – I think it’ll make you smile when planning your week! Both are full of my ink and watercolor sketches. Many thanks to Callahan Printing for another excellent job!