Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I also want to thank all those that took advantage of yesterdays Cyber Monday deal. I spent a good portion of last night packaging up your purchases for shipment. For those that missed it, you can still get any of the prints available on my Buy A Fish Print page at the standard LOW cost.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Once again I have had no time to break out the paints so this is another post via my phone. Which also means no fishing report from yesterdays trip because I am unable to post more than one photo at a time. I am hoping to have a decent post for tomorow so stay tuned.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Just a late day post just to get it in before I wrap up one of the busiest, longest, most filled 48 hours I have had in a Very long time. I have not the time nor the energy to go into detail but I will tell you I did spend a bit of time today exploring some new trout waters. Hopefully I should have some time off work tomorrow to fill u in.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
As for the fly, this little guy reminded me of Tenkara fly but as it came from a British book and I doubt it was designed for the Tenkara Bum. It does however look like it will entice those trout to bite. I especially like the up facing hook but am not sure I am confident that it will land on the water like pictured.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sometimes a fly takes a backseat to more important info. I have been meaning to post this for a while now and just recently got the chance with the actual presentation taking place last week. This past summer I met a very close family member of Staff Sergent Giunta at a reunion and heard his amazing story. I had heard that he was probably going to be a winner of the Medal Of Honor and being a student of history and all things military, I was very impressed. No living servicemember has received such an award since Vietnam so THIS IS A BIG DEAL!! I read his story and I get chills.
Visit this site per US Army - A Great Site.
the White house press release
Photos are from a friend of mine
Official NarrativeOn Oct. 25, 2007, Spc. Giunta’s platoon was conducting a movement to contact to interdict enemy forces on the Gatigal Spur, in order to provide over watch for 2nd and 3rd platoon’s exfil back to Combat Outpost Vimot, and the Korengal Outpost. While conducting their exfil from the platoon’s blocking position, Spc. Giunta’s platoon was ambushed by 10 to 15 enemy personnel who utilized an “L” shaped, near ambush that was within 10 meters of the platoon’s main body. The enemy fired 10 Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and three PKMs (machine guns) from the apex of the ambush and additional AK-47s from throughout the ambush line.
The enemy initiated the contact with an RPG and a burst of PKM (fire), which immediately hit and wounded two members of the lead team, Sgt. Brennan and Spc. Eckrode. Another RPG in the initial volley hit extremely close to Spc. Giunta’s position. While Staff Sgt. Gallardo moved back to his Bravo Team to get situation reports, Spc. Giunta provided covering fire by leading his team in suppressing enemy positions, assigning sectors of fire and commanding his M-203 gunner to engage close targets. While advancing toward Spc. Giunta’s team, Staff Sgt. Gallardo was struck in the helmet by an AK-47 round, which caused him to fall to the ground. Despite being under heavy fire by PKM, RPG, and small arms, Spc. Giunta immediately left his covered position in order to render aid to his squad leader. As he moved to provide assistance, Spc. Giunta was struck by two bullets; one of which impacted his chest area but was stopped by his Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert (E-SAPI) plate, and one round which impacted the Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon-D (SMAW-D) rocket he was carrying across his back. Without hesitation, Spc. Giunta recovered from the impacts and ensured his squad leader was not injured. He then began bounding his team forward in an attempt to maneuver on the enemy.
Spc. Giunta and his fire team were quickly pinned down by effective enemy machine gun and small arms fire from multiple positions at close range. Spc. Giunta, along with Pfc. Clary and Staff Sgt. Gallardo, quickly prepared fragmentation grenades and continued the assault by throwing two volleys of them at enemy positions that were approximately 15 meters to their west. They then assaulted forward through those positions, secured Spc. Eckrode, and began treating his wounds. Realizing that Sgt. Brennan was missing, Pfc. Clary and Spc. Giunta continued to push forward along the enemy’s ex-filtration route, despite taking small arms fire from enemy personnel who were attempting to cover their withdrawal. Moving in the lead and rapidly closing with the enemy, despite receiving effective fire, Spc. Giunta overtook two enemy combatants attempting to drag off Sgt. Brennan, who had been incapacitated by his wounds. Spc. Giunta engaged one enemy combatant at close range and killed him, which cause the other enemy combatant to drop Sgt. Brennan and flee. Spc. Giunta then began immediate first aid on Sgt. Brennan, and also helped his squad leader to adjust security, further consolidate casualties, and prepare for Medical Evacuation operations.
Spc. Giunta’s selfless actions and personal courage were the decisive factors in changing the tide of the battle, ensuring that Sgt. Brennan was not captured by the enemy, and preventing the lead fire team from being destroyed by the enemy’s near ambush. Despite bullets impacting on and around himself, Spc. Giunta fearlessly advanced on the enemy and provided aid to his fallen comrades. His actions saved the lives of multiple paratroopers and changed the course of the battle in his platoon’s favor.
For exceptionally valorous actions during Operation Enduring Freedom VIII while assigned as a rifle team leader in Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry. Spc. Giunta’s unwavering courage, aggressiveness, selfless service, and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were decisive in his platoon achieving fire superiority, defeating an enemy near ambush, and preventing the capture of a fellow paratrooper by the enemy. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, the Rock Battalion, the Bayonet Brigade Combat Team, Combined Joint Task Force-82, and the United States Army.
From the whitehouse.
This afternoon in the East Room of the White House, the President presented the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, U.S. Army -- the first living servicemember from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to receive it. "Now, I’m going to go off-script here for a second and just say I really like this guy," said the President to laughter and applause. "I think anybody -- we all just get a sense of people and who they are, and when you meet Sal and you meet his family, you are just absolutely convinced that this is what America is all about."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Nothing new going on today. I did get the chance to watch a bit of football over the weekend including a great game with Northwestern and Illinois in Chicago. I was also glad to see my Irish put on a good show on Saturday against army in the new NY stadium.
Hopefully come thanksgiving, I'll have more substance to my posts as I plan on using what little time I have free from work to paint, fish, and eat enough tryptophan laced fried turkey to put me in a coma.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
So the other day I packed up the van and took my little girls to school and then me and the boy headed out of town for a few hours of fishing. This time I tried something new, I took my Tenkara rod in the hope that it would be easier for the little guy to hold. Unfortunately it had rained for the last two days and the water was up so the place where I was hoping to put us close to trout was submerged. I did managed to find a few promising secondary spots but was foiled again by the high water and complete lack of fish, so me and the boy spent most of the morning walking up and down the stream, throwing rocks in the water, checking out bugs, and simply enjoying the outdoors.
Friday, November 19, 2010
In an attempt to fill my painting calendar I ask you now, If you would desire a custom work of your own Please feel free to email me with your request.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
A few weeks ago I had a fly fishing fanatic email me about working on a specialized piece consistence with my style of watercolor. What he wanted was to take a piece of my art and have it blown up into a sort of decal for the sides of his truck. The way it was described was a long 17-19" strip of trout skin going the length of his truck. It was such an intriguing idea that i went to work on it right away. I even toyed with idea for my jeep trout chaser. I can't wait to see how it turns out and am looking forward to seeing the final photos. You can be sure I will post the photos as soon as I get them.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have done a few versions of this salt water fly and just cant get enough of it. I love the look of salt water feathered flies. The long needle like nose look, big eyes and a feathered tail that moves in the water like a baitfish, squid, shrimp, or whatever. Some day I hope to live the relaxed life on the beach chasing bonefish and tarpon on the flats of some tropical island. If only for a few weeks a year, this would be the life.
Of course the other weeks would be spent hunting trout in high mountain streams. Here is another skin for you. Tomorrow I will reveal what all the trout skin paintings are for.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I have also added a new print to my Buy A Print page.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I had brought a surf rod with the hopes of doing a little fishing but instead I spent most of the morning cleaning up and doing inventory of all the food we had left. Luckily the little critters were unable to gain access to the igloo cooler which held the breakfast so at least some of the morning was salvaged. This picture was taken during the cleaning proccess.
1. Check your chimney before lighting a fire.
2. Close your windows while car camping, then go back and check them again, and then one more time before hitting the hay.
Over all it was a good trip and the raccoon party failed to dampen my kids excitement or fun at yet another camping adventure. I am just glad the beach of SC has no bears - That would be a mess I am not sure I could clean up.