A few random sketches for you. For more original art head on over to www.hexfishing.com
Friday, July 31, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Not a normal painting for me but I thoughts I'd branch out and try something a little new.
Saltwater reef fish are beautiful creatures and are often the subjects of artists as well as interesting species in any home or office aquarium. I was lucky enough to make it down to Mexico last month and do a little snorkeling along one of the many reef structures and was blown away by their beauty which is probably why I chose to paint one.
This particular species is one of the many types of angel fish that roam the reef. For the fresh water anglers out there you might find a striking resemblance to our own bluegills and sunfish.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
NEW Shirt Designs now available at my shirt shop. Choose the color and the size and have yours shipped out to you today. How dedicated are you?
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Monday, June 29, 2015
I was told by John that his father absolutely loved the surprise and just couldn't stop staring at it after he received it. His smile was permanently set for a long time after the unveiling and it makes me just as happy to contribute to the joy he felt.
For this piece we added to the framing of the painting the actual fly he used to hook the trout that day which only adds to the special nature of this memory.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Anyhow - www.hexfishing.com - my art website has finally been updated to include some of the newer paintings I have done as well as some not previously up for sale. Some of these have made it to this blog and some quite simply have slipped through the cracks. Whether you plan on buying or just like to view paintings of trout, I hope you click on over and see my works Below are just a sampling of some of the paintings now available at unbelievably cheap prices for ORIGINAL artwork. I have also been asked 'why are they so cheap?' and the answer is simple - I enjoy painting them and frankly I cant have hundreds of my paintings just hanging around on shelves in my studio. I would much rather put them in the hands of fellow anglers that can appreciate them.
Check it out and share it with your friends.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Yes, none of this has to do with fish but its what I have been up to so I thought I would share it with you.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I have been experimenting with dots lately and got inspired to do a little bit of dot sketching outside my usual fish subjects. A recent client of mine asked if I have done any birds in watercolor and I immediately thought back to the Pheasant and the California Quail I did a few years ago. Of course I have also done various song birds and even a few mallard ducks (which currently hang in my hallway) but they are still a bit different than my favorite subject - the trout.
That being said, birds offer another layer to my art that a trout just can't. They also contribute to the scope of what I consider myself to be - a sporting / outdoor / nature artist.
Both these illustrations are for sale, just shoot me an email.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
With any luck this will be a precursor to my return to posting. Hopefully I can also get a better photo of the finished piece soon.
Watercolor On Paper
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
How diverse is your Caddis pattern box? Does it just have a few elk hairs or is it stacked with a wide range of flies of all colors and material? Well if it doesn't have a wide range of different patterns and sizes of these abundant flies then you could be missing out on even more fish.
The truth is that Caddis flies populate the earth with more than 12,000 known species providing an abundant food resource for trout and other smaller fish. The adult form of this varied species resembles more of a moth but has fine hairs that coat their wings instead of the scales. Like moths, not all caddis flies are made the same. They range in size, shape, and color and for trout fishing it matters.
A few years ago I met fished with a buddy that had come down to fish trout in the hidden streams of the southeast. We stumbled across this beautiful,yet small, bend in the river with rises all through the edge of a deep pool. We took turns casting into the bend with a dry elkhair caddis, both the same size and shape but mine was just a slightly darker clay color than his. The difference was almost undetectable but to the fish it made all the difference. One after another I hooked up while he struggled to get a second look. Our casts were identical, his presentation flawless, but it was color that made the difference.
This winter I spent a good amount of time organizing and restocking a dedicated Caddis box with as many examples of caddis patterns as I could tie. Deer hair in various colors, caribou hair (a favorite natural looking sedge wing material), and a few colors of elk hair all are important in a diverse caddis box.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
The other day my little girls asked if I could sketch a butterfly for her so I got out the pad and started inking out a monarch using nothing but ink dots. Its a technique called stippling and I had only dabbled in using it in the past. It had always struck me that, although beautiful in the end, it was tedious and time consuming form of illustration. For this subject I decided it was more of a challenge so I dove in head first and started to dot up the paper like a manic telegraph operator.
Not a bad way to ease myself back into an artistic mindset especially after such a long absence.
Of course I have to ask, Does anyone have proof that Trout eat butterflies? I am sure it happens but I'd love to see any fly patterns people have used successfully.
If it worked on a butterfly, why not a trout?
Have a good week.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I literally own only two poles for spin fishing. One is a salt water rod that I bought for pier fishing 10 years ago for $20 and the other is a 4.5 foot light weight trout spin rod I got before I started fly fishing and haven't used in over ten years. This fact however does not prohibit me from attending one of the largest fishing events known to mankind. Especially when it is only a few miles from my front door.
So yesterday, with the temperatures below the freezing mark, a buddy of mine (who is strictly a spin fishing guy) and I went to check out the expo.
Guy Harvey is known the world over for stunning portraits of fish.
That there was enough to make the entire day worth it for me. His art is by far one of the most recognizable of any fish artist, I dare say in history, and graces the backs of many a fisherman searching for ocean going fish. Originals of his work can run you quite a few thousand dollars and they are worth it. The quality in his work is fantastic. The marketing of his work might be a bit overwhelming (you honestly can't walk around a sporting good store or fishing pier without seeing his shirts) but you can't argue with success.
Another plus of the expo was the amount of toys both big and small. Toyota had a huge booth I spent a good deal of time at - and had a bit of fun with. Big trucks, and enough bling on boats that Snoop Dog might look under dressed. The only thing that was missing was a party barge... wait,, I think I saw one of those as well.
St. Croix was the only manufacture with a fly rod at the booth so it was no wonder that I spent a good deal of time talking fly fishing with one of their marketing guys. I happen to own a St. Croix 7w strictly for my bass fishing and love it but after looking over a few of their other new bass setups, I might be looking at an upgrade. Specifically a fly rod called 'The Bank Robber'. this strong backed rod would kill some bass and I even like the name.
An of course I hit the Simms booth - notice the bass on the logo in place of the standard trout. I took a turn in the their GORE-TEX rain suit and a wet booth set up to test the use of the gear. After five minutes of getting drenched, I was still completely dry. I will on the lookout for these. As one would expect from Simms - another quality product.
Old Milwaukee shirts which are sure to be worn.
With all these sponsors throwing money and gear around like confetti I wonder - could a fly angler break into the Bassmasters Tournament and come out on top??? I might have a new mission. :-)
Thursday, February 19, 2015
A random streamer illustration
An illustration for a friend that is a big Auburn fan but stuck in the frozen tundra.
Hopefully I can break out of this frozen cycle of winter and get to a trout stream soon. Here are just a few more pics of my recent activities relating to fishing.
And now you are caught up. Come spring I hope to get in more fishing and even more art.