Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back With A Brown

    After a lengthy absence from the worlds of fishing, blogging, and painting I am back.  When I started this blog I did so with the idea that it would get me out on the water more as well as drive me to do more painting.  It has accomplished both of those key goals better than I could have hoped.  In fact it has done it so well that when the hot weather rolled in and the summer began to fill with one family activity after another, I began to feel that this blog was more of an obligation than a hobby.  I began to resent the fact that I had to do a post or do another painting.  I began to get the feeling that the whole thing was becoming a little less fun.  For a guy that has always enjoyed fishing and painting, this feeling was a sure sign that I had to step back and get some time away from the internet and the self induced pressure of producing fodder for the blog.
    So for all of you that noticed my absence or missed checking out my new paintings on a weekly basis, I have returned.  Hopefully with the temperatures starting to decline I can even get a few fish on the line.
    As for this painting, you can no doubt tell its a fall colored Brown chasing a Caddis nymph.  I painted this the other day for a charity auction being held early next year.  Its a 8x10 watercolor and gouache on cold press paper.  I am told it will be paired with a guided fishing trip down here in the South East.
    As a reminder to those that would like a wall hanger of your own, I am actively looking for new painting projects.  The number one question I am asked when people talk to me about doing a painting for them is 'How much will it set me back?'  As with most art, the price is rarely fixed before a work is created but I can tell you that I try hard to keep it affordable for the average joe.  Its not a Walmart price but things of quality usually don't come at their prices.
    Typically my original works range in price from $110 upwards to around $230 depending on size and subject.  A few larger painting have been priced higher but most of the works I have created for this blog fall between those two prices.
    Now I'm off to the local bass pond for a little flicking of the fly.  Hopefully those big bucket mouths will be eager to test me leader.

10 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

welcome back! i'm glad you took a break rather than push yourself to complete 'chores'. should be enjoyable. :)

John De Jong said...

Nice painting and I am sure it feels nice to be back at it...not as good as finally getting that floor in and done though. That is probably a huge relief.

Tomek O said...

As usual, an amazing figure. Or rather, a work of art. I am so impressed by talent artists and the works! Overall, nothing new. Greetings from Polish!

Kevin Frank said...

Welcome back Joel, if you're looking for projects. The club is always looking for art for the next pig pickin'.

Mark Kautz/Shoreman said...

Good to have you back Joel. We all need a vacation from time to time.

Mark

Joel DeJong said...

Thanks for all the support. It was good to get paint to paper again . I really need that break to regain that feeling of enjoyment while painting. I also managed to hit the water this morning and even hook a few lazy bass. No pics but those fish were just for me.
And John - those wood floors may have made me sore but it brings a smile to know its done and it looks sooooo good.

Howard Levett said...

Welcome back Joel. You surely were missed and as usual, you've brought gifts of fish. I need one!

Anonymous said...

Your parents enjoy your blog too and missed it. We are so proud of you.
M&D

David McKenzie said...

So one a day for the rest of the year right Joel? Ha! Love the Cali Quail I have of yours..Framed really nice.

Joel DeJong said...

Howard - I await your order
David - glad to hear it. Shoot me an email with the pic of it framed. I love to see how my work looks all framed up and hanging on a wall.