Friday, December 31, 2010
I also believe that as the year closes it is fitting to look back at some of my favorite paintings of the past year. I will start with the fish and as not to cloud the paintings with talk of how they where made and what materials where used, I will just let them speak for themselves. ENJOY
I also what to give tribute to the favorite flies of 2010. Tenkara played a big part in my growth as a fly fisherman as did the Summer On The Flies partnership with Bigerrfish. The flies below are some of my favorites from the last 12 months. They in no way sum up all the original works you can still view but they are a snapshot of some of my favorites.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Just a sketch of a wet fly today with a bit of words on what I have taken out of this year long project. When I started this project I had no idea that it would blow up into what it has become. My original purpose was just a challenge to myself to see if I could really stick with a project for an entire year. My hobbies vary wildly from fishing to art, wood working, literature, hiking and backpacking, aviation, home improvement, and about twenty other things that seem to occasionally occupy my time. I started this mainly to focus two of my major hobbies. I had hoped only to force myself to learn more about fly fishing and art and hopefully become better at both. I gave little thought about who would follow my ramblings on fishing and art. With alot of family spread across the nation I also thought this would be a good way to show them the art projects I had been working on since they had been my primary source of feedback. What I did not expect was the following from other bloggers around the world or, even more surprising, that they would like to own some of my art.
I think my first realization that people might be interested in owning my art came from the response from my first really good work on this blog. It still is one of my favorites of the past year and holds a place of honor in my dinning room to this day.
So as they year is closing I find myself looking forward to another year on the fly. I have now discovered an outlet for my art and need to fish. I have found a place to come to for inspiration and encouragement and maybe, just possibly, a place where I can sell enough of my art to pay for my obsessive need for angling gear. Tha.nks agin
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So now with two days left of my year on the fly I begin to look forward to the next year. as you can see I have changed the header of this blog to reflect the new year. Another Year On The Fly will not be a fly a day but rather a focus on quality instead of quantity. I have decided that I will continue the blog because as they say, when you find a good thing, stick with it. I have found in this blog not only an outlet for my hobbies but an invaluable source of information for fishing.
In the coming year I have a few things in the works for the direction of this blog. Continuing the theme of art and fly fishing, I plan on producing more original works on the subject of fly fishing as well as adding more posts on my fishing trips. You might get to see a few more things like hats, shirts, as well as a project I have been working on for the last few months. (what Is the project? You will just have to wait till the new year.)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
As the year comes to a close I begin to reflect on the things I have taken away from this project and in the next few days you might get a few more words on the subject. For today you just get two flies.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I am mobile posting today due mainly to the fact that I completely forgot to paint a fly today. I know what you are thinking, 'really Joel, you've been doing this for nearly a year now, how can you forget?' Well it happens and thanks to my wife, I have continued the streak.
This Caddis Fly is just a quick colorfull 'still wet' fly.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I hope all of you had a great Christmas Day and got some good fishing gear.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I hope all of you have had a good morning of opening gifts, finding batteries, drowning in wrapping paper, and dreaming of a quiet stream while the madness of Christmas ensues around you. If you haven't had the opportunity to dream that dream yet let me help you out now and consider it my gift to you. But before I do I just want to thank all of you for a support and kind words over the last year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Enjoy time with your family tonight and tomorrow morning and may Santa bring you loads of new fly fishing gear for the new year. If you somehow find that Santa has left a custom work - or print under your tree from this blog, enjoy. If however you find that the Grinch has stolen your print have no fear, there is still prints available on my BUY A FISH PRINT page on the top of this blog.
(is it wrong to try to sell prints the day before Christmas?)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
What else you get for today is a pic of the coolest truck you will ever see and I had a hand in creating it. Some of you might remember a while back my postings of trout skin and studies of trout skin. Well today you get to see just why I was so obsessed with trout skin.