The Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison
December 2018, my friend Dave and I visited Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia. The trip was enjoyable, but at that time Montpelier allowed no photos of the interior of the mansion. This was very disappointing.
We returned to Montpelier in June of 2019 after finding out we could now photograph the inside of the home. By this time, I was well into my science fiction graphic novel project about Madison. This visit allowed me to capture some lovely interior background photos for my project.
This post focuses on the interior of Montpelier. I’ve added a little extra flavor by adding James and Dolley with dialogue to some of the photos as if we had visited them. I Photoshopped “modernity” background items out of some of the images, i.e., security cameras, air vents, perimeter roping, etc. to make it look more like Madison’s time. Click on the “Before” image links to see the original photos. Continue reading An Intimate Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison→
The Founding Presidents of the United States of America….In Wax
I recently visited Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington, DC. I got the chance to scratch off another bucket list item. I love history, and I especially love the presidents. An early recollection from childhood was looking through a set of my mother’s encyclopedias and seeing huge beautiful colorful portraits of the presidents wondering just who these men were. So the quest to learn about them began. I even started collecting presidents memorabilia during childhood.
If you were living in the Danville, Virginia area during the 1970s and 1980’s you surely remember the Big Star grocery stores. We shopped at the Big Star located in Ballou Park. The store is now a Food Lion.
As a hobby, I enjoy writing science fiction graphic novels. I create original plots and use many photographic images and paintings to produce illustrations. This love for science fiction, graphic novels, and history lead me to create a graphic novel in which the 4th president of the United States, James Madison and his wife Dolley Payne Madison travel to the distant future on another planet. The graphic novel itself is not published online; however, some of the images from that effort are posted here. The purpose of this post is to show what one can do with Adobe Photoshop and other imaging applications. They are transformative and for educational purposes only. Continue reading Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character→
Remember the days of mixed tapes. I made my share of them that’s for sure.
I discovered a gem, a small little time capsule from the past. One day in July 1981 around 6 PM, I think, on a Saturday I pressed record and play on the tape deck and let it run. I recorded Roanoke Virginia’s K92 FM with Disc Jockey David Lee Michaels, station IDs, commercials music and all. K92 was one of my favorite stations back in the day.
I’m sharing this so everyone from Roanoke, Martinsville and Danville Virginia can take a trip down memory lane. Here is how radio used to be when I was ten years old. I shortened the songs to snippets for copyright. Enjoy!