Legal Eagle Drawing

My boyfriend’s mom asked if I could draw an eagle carrying a set of scales to promote a social gathering for legal professionals. I like it when people give me unique ideas for things I wouldn’t usually draw.

Legal Eagle

As a side note, I discovered that there is a white gel pen product that does not suck. This thing draws over Sharpie and colored pencil. I used it to draw the Ruth Bader Ginsburg collar on my eagle. Here is your link to THE Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen.

I’m not really what they call a professional reviewer. I receive no compensation other than the joy of giving good reviews for my fave art supplies.

Delmar Elementary School, 1964

If you went to Delmar Elementary School with my dad, Walter Hovatter, from 1963 to 1964 – Here is your class photo. Dad is in the second row from the top, fourth from the left. I had my photo taken on the same stage many times, roughly 35 years later.

“Delmar School. Delmar, Maryland. 1963-1964”

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The Horner Family

This photo of my grandmother’s family, the Horners, was highly damaged after a careless relative decided to store it in a leaky shed.  As a surprise Christmas gift for my non-internet surfing grandmother, I decided to try and restore it.  This is the most challenging photo that I have worked on yet.  There were many moldy spots and one person’s face was almost completely missing!  I don’t think I will ever know what this person truly looked like, but since everyone in the photo is related and shared many common facial features, I gave it my best approximation.

Sharon and Bill

Here’s a photo I patched up of my mom, Sharon, and her father, Bill Truitt. She still makes that same expression in photos to this day.

My mom and grandfather in a photobooth on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.
My mom and grandfather in a photobooth on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.

Mardela High School Prom, 1954

Here is a photo of my maternal grandmother Betty Ann Truitt, and some friends of hers at the 1954 Mardela High School prom in the small town of Mardela, Maryland.  Parts of our original print had faded into total whiteness, so I had to use a little bit of imagination. Overall I am pleased with the result. If for no other reason, I am glad to know Photoshop so that I can restore and preserve my family’s memories. I can’t wait to show this to Betty!

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63-Year-Old News About a 104-Year-Old Relative

It seems like the women in my family are unusually long lived. I think all of the cigarettes and coffee affect us in at Keith Richards-esque fashion. This is an article about Mary Arvey of Bivalve, Maryland who according to my grandmother, is my great-great-great aunt.

Our copy of article was in pretty crummy shape, but I scanned it in and did a little bit of restoration in Photoshop. With older print articles something always tells me to preserve the age of the piece while editing, but it might just be overall convenience since it would take much more time than I can spare to restore this to its former glory.

Family History

I was digging through photos this weekend and found this article from The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland about my paternal grandfather, Harold Hovatter. Prior to being overcome by soft cubicle dwellers like myself, my family was a long line of self sufficient Eastern Shore watermen and cultivators of the Earth.harold hovatter, the daily times, kim mitchell, bryce stump, laurel delaware, hovatter