One might think that I am getting sick of painting the same trout over and over again, but actually I think of it much in the same way an angler views catching the same fish over and over again. To me each painting is a separate piece. Its a chance to expand ones knowledge about the subject. A chance to improve on technique and form, much the same as each fish is an individual and each trip to catch them is a chance to become a better angler. The more I do it, the better the end result and the more passionate I become.
Fly fishing (and my associated art) on the other hand, as my wife can attest, now that is something I have become passionate about. Whether one makes this decision consciously or buries it deep under layers of wool and neoprene each time he hits the water, each angler will come to a point where he decides which river to take.
Many choose to stay on that smooth stretch or water that produces good, average trout time and time again and they treat each trip as just a good chance to get away. They never push the boundaries or explore new water, and rarely will they tie on anything not featured in the latest Orvis catalog (Also don't get me wrong, I love Orvis and all they offer and will gladly help them endorse any free merchandise they choose to send me;-)
The second set of anglers take that small tributary that leads to undiscovered water. They eat cobwebs on their trek through brush, skin knees and rip waders, and they will often forgo lunch just to get that extra fifteen minutes of time on the water. They fish long after it is sane to do so and often miss judge just how far up river they have traveled until that very last moment when they pry themselves from the water only to find that what they thought was going to be a fifteen minute hike back to the car turns out to be a hike covering the better part of an hour and a two thousand foot elevation change.
My devotion to my art is beginning to be that way as well. Over the years of practice and failure intermixed with some successes, my art has evolved into something I care about. I look at my past paintings and judge them with a new eye and view each new work more critically. I am okay with direction it is taking me and the progress I am making though I'm not sure where it is taking me. In the end I know that I will never reach the level of a A.D Maddox or Derick DeYong (no relation) , Bob White, Andrew Wyeth, or Winsolw Homer (Homer was my first inspiration to do watercolor), but its that striving to do better and that passion to be better that keeps me going.
The painting above is titled:
"Rainbow Trout On Blue"
Watercolor on Paper
13" x 8"
Prints and original for sale
Also don't forget about the special Christmas Deal for Four Rare Trout Prints. You can find this deal at the top of the page. Hurry before Christmas is here and the deal fades away.