Pure Americana Lumberjacks’ Picnic

This weekend we had the good fortune to attend the 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta.    It was pure Americana like a Norman Rockwell painting.  The Fiesta takes place at Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud, California.  I posted a few iphone photos when we were at the event.  Those pictures didn’t really tell the whole story.  Let me show you around.

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Great form at the axe throw.

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Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud.

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The Lil Lumberjack competition. This boy lets one fly!

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Nice throw young man!

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Mt Shasta provides the perfect backdrop.  The softball tournament went all weekend.

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There was even a horseshoe tournament.

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We were signing books for Red Tail Publishing.

This was the Red Tail Publishing gang on Saturday.  Mary Livingston, The Backdoor ArtistTim Livingston (me) and Ivy Smith, were there signing books.  Phil all around good guy helps us out a bunch!

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Mary visits with a guest who admires a cuddly turkey vulture toy.

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Venders were there with food, art, clothes and all kinds of interesting stuff.

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What picnic would be complete without a watermelon eating contest! The big boys had to sit on their hands.

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The aftermath!
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Blitz and Teka came too. There were lots of dogs in attendance.

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Blitz gets a “little” love.

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The ladies axe throw. The timber sports events were for anyone who wanted to participate.

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Spectators enjoy the men’s double buck competition.

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What better souvenir then a chainsaw carved bear!

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The men’s double buck competition. These guys are cutting like “a house afire!”

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TIME!

A special thank you to Linda Martin Andersen for having me as her guest blogger last week on A Writer’s Playground.  Go check out her awesome site!

Buddy The Wayward Wolverine

Meet Buddy, The Wayward Wolverine

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Buddy The Wayward Wolverine is based on the real life lone wolverine living in California.  Nobody knows how he got here.  He is related to the wolverines of the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.  This is the fantastical tale of Buddy’s journey.  Written by Maryᴀ Livingston, The Backdoor Artist, and Amanda Shufelberger, the main Buddy biologist.  Illustrated by yours truly the Forester Artist.

We will be at a book signing at the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival, in Redding, California at City Hall on Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm.  Come down to the Red Tail Publishing booth if you are in the area.

Buddy The Wayward Wolverine is also available at REDTAIL.COM.

Large Mouth Bass Study 1

Large mouth Bass Study

I’m working on a project involving large mouth bass.  This is my first pass at a straight up watercolor.  At this point I’m getting familiar with my subject.  It is for a children’s book so this style is probably not child friendly enough.