last painting of a trout was one I did on parchment paper. In that post I explained the difficulties in painting on such thin paper so I will forgo the explanation on how I painted this Brook Trout.
For scientists, the Salmon is a good barometer on how healthy a streams ecosystem is. the reason for this is that the Brook trout only like cold clean water and will not tolerate pollution. It is for this reason that I love to stalk these fish.
The brook trouts average life span in the wild is 4 -7 years with some species reaching as long as 15 years in the right environment. At a year old the brook trout reaches sexual maturity and begins its spawning cycle between September to October where the female can lay thousands of eggs.
Even tho the brook trout has been known to be one of the best tasting of the 'trout' one can fish for, it is advisable and highly recommended that when fishing for native species, catch and release practices should always be implemented. As for taking a few stalkys out of the so called 'put and take' stream for a tasty dinner, there is a bit of battle over the ethics of this.
Brook Trout on Parchment
13in. x 5in.
Gouache and watercolor
on Acid free Parchment