Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Watercolor Woodpecker - Off To A Slow Start

   No, this isn't a trout but it might still be something that the followers could appreciate even if they can no longer use feathers from this bird to dress flies.  However, if I catch this guy pecking at my eves again he might just accidently get hit by some freak 'natural' event such as a meteor.
     I am off to a rather slow start this year.  As far as flinging flies at fish and posting to this blog goes, they just haven't been a priority.  I wont bore you with the details except to say that illustrating projects for a big client and my day job have kept me busy ever since Christmas.  Today however I sat down with some time on my hands and spent the better part of the morning staring at a blank piece of paper without the slightest idea of what to paint.
    Sometimes a blank sheet of paper is a great thing, full of potential and a place where endless opportunities abound but today it was a brick wall; a hurdle, a fence I could not break through.  It was only after a few hours that the idea struck me to deviate from the norm and branch out into something slightly different.  This painting took me more time to set up then to actually paint and it shows but it at least got me through that barrier.
    Like I said, this isn't a normal painting for this blog but I hope you enjoy it anyways.  May all of you have a fun fish filled new year.



Jay said...

Glad to see you back in the swing of things. Cool to see a bird piece here.
I've started doing art again myself. Check out my new art blog if you get a chance.

Feather Chucker said...

Are you coming to the fly show in NC again?

cofisher said...

Wow, Joel that is really great! Keep dazzling us with your abilities.

MrCachet said...

We've had a male Hairy Woodpecker visiting our bird suet for the past couple of days. It just came to me while I was reading your post. I wasn't however, inspired to depict our visitor, whereas - you were.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Joel, great art is great art no matter what the expectation is. I enjoyed your deviation to the norm.

Tom Matt Trout Travel said...

It's hard to write something else on your blog. Just beautiful!

Peter Patenaude said...

Beautiful painting!

Anonymous said...

I've always liked the kingfisher you did and the blue heron too.

Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

Very Nice!

Unknown said...

Jay - thanks for the visit and kind words. Keep up the art. I like your take with the sharpie!
Kevin - I'm planning on it but it all depends on the work schedule.. if I do make it I'll shoot you an email.
Cofisher - high praise from the proprietor of the 3 Geezers Fly Shop. Let me know if you need any art for those walls :-) you wouldn't want the customers staring at nothing...
MrCachet - from one artist to another, thankyou!
Mr. Rainbow - I say I deviate from the norm but many would suggest one has to be normal first. That's still up for dispute. Thanks
Tomek - again, thanks for the lengthy visit and kind words from across the pond.
Peter - thankyou
Anonymous (aka mom) - glad you like it.
Kevin - Thank You.
Hopefully when things settle down I hope to he back posting regularly but for now work takes the priority and you got to make the donuts to live.