Gina LentoPort St Lucie, FL, US
Port St Lucie based Fine Artist/Illustrator born and raised in the Philadelphia Region. I have been drawing since I was in the 7th grade. I am very fortunate to have grown up and be educated in Philly, a city rich in the arts.
I enjoy sketching the world around me but I especially enjoy illustration. It’s something I have always wanted to do. My childhood heroes were illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Wesley Dennis, Beatrix Potter and CW Anderson. I love creating a visual imaginary place or story. You can find my sketches and creations on Facebook, Twitter, SKTCHY, Instagram and Tumblr.
Maps By Gina Lento
This map is reflecting how COVID-19 has impacted all of us. Instead of it being a huge travel season, many families have opted to stay put or try to do Thanksgiving outside or do Thanksgiving by Zoom. This map is just one family, mine, but so many are split and celebrating away from each other this year. One hopes that this a temporary situation.
This is our walk route which is a little over 3 miles. It was a coping ritual that is now habit. We see gopher turtles, plumeria trees blooming, egrets, herons, ibis, spoonbills, wood storks, singing frogs and alligators, who is our friendly neighborhood map monster. We moved to Florida back in November and we love it here!
Chincoteague is a magical place for those who have read the beloved story, “Misty of Chincoteague.” The original illustrations were done by one of my personal favorite illustrators, Wesley Dennis. Wesley brought the story of Misty to life. I grew up with those illustrations and when I visited Chincoteague for the first time, I felt like I had been there many times before. I have painted in many plein air events in Chincoteague and I feel that I know these islands pretty well. When it came to doing this map, it was a personal goal to convey my love of this special place.
Map of places that I have visited or lived and the awesome chocolate, candy and brownies that I would recommend. My all time favorite will always be Lore's Chocolate in Philadelphia. They are family owned and make their own candy. I always buy my Easter candy there and the peanut butter eggs are to die for. However, those Fat Witch brownies are amazing, too!
This map is a combination of mixed media and collage.
Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!
This map was inspired not only by the movie, but I had stumbled on information that Susan's house was not a fictional place, but a real house here on Long Island. My husband and I took a ride and there it was, the only difference was there was an addition upstairs. I didn't put the addition in my sketch. I actually forgot it because it is in the middle of the roof, so my drawing of the house is mix of 1946 and 2017. It was awesome, all of those years seeing that scene in the movie and when we drove down the street, it was like going back in time. I couldn't nail down the Walkers apartment nor the Brooks Retirement home, so those are guesses on the map based on location information gleaned from watching the movie several times. Those are the two locations marked as "fictional."
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!
"The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day" was written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844 for a collection called "Flowers for Children, Volume 2." We know this poem by the popular name "Over the River and through the Woods." Music was written to go along with the poem and it is a common holiday song heard during Thanksgiving and the holiday season. The words were changed to say that the children were going to Grandmother's house when in fact it is Grandfather's house in the poem. Either way, it is a warm way to welcome the holiday season.
Our Village of Patchogue, NY, started a new pub style crawl last year, where instead of a bar hopping crawl for alcohol, crawlers are treated to breakfast creations such as Chicken Waffle Meatballs and Creme Brûlée Fireball French Toast. All I have to say is OMG. This is a map of Breakfast Crawl #5 coming up this Saturday, October 7, 2017.