Here is a recent work I have been obsessed with since I was contacted by a follower of my blog. He asked for these iconic fish all in one painting and I was glad to try my hand at this challenge. I have never before painted all three of these fish on one work and briefly struggled with how I was going to set these fish in the painting. Should I go with a stale profile view of these guys or put them in action. should I add a background or stick with what I know and simple keep the fish the main focus of the painting. In the end I opted for this setup and am pleased with the result.
The client wanted the brookie in particular to show some of the bold colors it is truly known for so to set it off I went for the deep colored back to contrast with the bright reds and oranges ones sees on those native fish.
Believe it or not, I find that to capture the colors of the Rainbow is much harder than the other two. I often make the back to green or the belly to blue. It is very difficult to find just the right mixture to make the painting work. For this one it was increasingly difficult to keep the Rainbow from being drowned out by the bold colors of the other two fish.
For the Brown I went with what I consider the iconic golden orange color of a brilliantly colored trout. when I added the spots and halos on the flanks of the Brown it really made the fish fit in with the look of the piece as a whole.
The final work was a larger than standard size for me at 14" x 17" and done on the highest quality illustration board. I wish to thank my client for the opportunity to paint such a fun piece. I enjoyed the whole process and look foreword to my next work.
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.