I absolutely LOVE the look of these beauties. The brook trout is one of the most brilliant and varied of nearly all the char species.
- the scientific name of the Brook Trout - is not actually a trout. A member of the Salmon Family, the Brookie is a close relative to other char species like the Lake and Bull Trout, the Arctic Char, and the Dolly Varden. I believe the 'fontinalis' in its name indicates that that unlike other members of this family, the Brook Trout resides mostly in cool spring fed streams which is yet another reason I love this fish. What better place to hunt a beautiful fish than in a beautiful remote habitat?
To paint this fish I start off like I normally do, with a detailed drawing. I sketch this out very lightly because I don't want the pencil marks to show through the paint and if I want to erase them later, it is much easier to get rid of a light pencil mark then a thick black one.
Once the blueprint is laid out I start to put down the color. Layer by layer I build up color, careful to blend the right mixes of dark and light pigment. Of course the photos are not that great since they are with my cell phone camera - and the script below the fish is just a later addition not on the original- but you get the idea. I could go on about the process but you don't want to hear about that. You just want to look at a great looking fish.
Winter Brook Trout
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
@ 11 in. x 7 in.
Status of Original Art - AVAILABLE
Prints soon availableAlso I am working on printing up some Holiday cards. I have received a few requests to have my art put on a greeting card so for this year I decided to cave in and have some cards professionally printed. The one you see here is a mock up and the actual ones are currently at the printers. When they get here next week I will do a post and let you know how you can get your own set just in time for Holiday Season. There will be only a very limited quantity of these cards printed, priced at a rate to cover the cost of printing.
Have a great weekend.