Saturday, September 28, 2013
If I was ever in the mood to do a series of wood prints I think that this design would be a killer project.
After messing around with the image I then decided to see how it might look on a coffee mug. For a simple line drawing I thought that the only type of mug that would fit the design would be the stainless traveler. What better way to start your morning drive to the river then chugging coffee from a cool mug like this right?
Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to hit some trout waters and actually do some fishing. Unfortunately my scheduled and various time constraints have really hampered my ability to wet a fly for trout, but that excuse wont hold water for much longer. The tug of fall brookies and chasing blue lines in the upstate is just too strong.
Posted by Unknown at 5:00 AM
Thursday, September 26, 2013
|Red Drum - RedFish|
After finally tiring it out and bringing it in I held a solid mass of fish that took my breath away. It was my first redfish and at that moment I finally realized what all the hype was about. The Red Drum truly is a top sport fish for all coastal anglers.
After the backdrop is dried I then got to work on the red drum.
About the size of quarter, this 'Spotted Orb Spider' usually lives in heavily wooded areas and weaves a strong web about two foot across. Due to its size one might think that it would be deadly to about any insect but unfortunately its greatest enemy is the paper wasp. Although rather creepy looking it is not poisonous to humans so in this case I would take the spider over the wasp.
And that's your nature lesson for the day. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Posted by Unknown at 1:17 PM
Monday, September 23, 2013
Its been one hectic week and as I sit down to catch my breath I decided to have a little fun on the computer. I am a sucker for all things trout related and that includes my beer choices. When I was in Montana I had the privileged to try out many local breweries, nearly all of which had some sort of fly fishing or trout theme to their labels. Pure genius in marketing if you ask me because I was sucked in by the labels alone. The added bonus was that the beers were quite good as well.
With beer and brewers names on my mind like 'Trout Slayer', 'Madison River Brewings Baetis Belgian, Copper John Scotch Ale, & Elk Hair ESB' and even Georgia's 'Sweetwater brewing' featuring a colorful rainbow trout as its logo I decided to have a little fun with my own label. Pretty simple design but not a bad concept. I even decide to see how it might look on an actual beer bottle.
Posted by Unknown at 10:16 AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Adding a bit of background color has been a recent development in a lot of my more recent paintings and for this one it is no different. Exploring new background ideas is a great way I have found of not only adding more color to the painting but also a way to make a more dynamic piece of art. For this one I decided to use a simple band of color across the bottom of the painting.
Watercolor On Bristol Paper
Size - 20in. x 12in.
Not Currently For Sale
For me I cant wait to get back down to the coast and hook into any salt species. Yesterday I took delivery of a new 8wt mid-fast action fly rod perfect for bass and coastal fishing and even though I cant test it out on the SC red fish, I do plan on heading out this afternoon for a bit of bass fishing.
Posted by Unknown at 11:11 AM
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I will save you the details and just share with you these most recent painting designed off the illustration I provided for the logo. 'Two Snooks' Is a large watercolor and ink work done on acid free paper.
After sketching out the snooks and inking them in I then covered all areas I wanted to save white and began to splash the paint around. I then went back and began the task of painting the mix of colors one sees from a snook as the light reflects through Florida's salty bay waters.
For those of you still wanting to see trout I have added a few recent paintings at the bottom of this post for you. Both are still for sale and I need a new fly rod so If you want to contribute to my fishing addiction, send me an email and we will talk price.
Otherwise - enjoy the rest of the week.
Posted by Unknown at 6:59 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013
I haven't been back to this pond in quite a while with all the things going on this summer so when I arrived I immediately noticed the weeds on the shore had extended their reach into the pond by a good six feet. Now fishing with a backup 6wt since my fast action 7wt snapped on me early in the season (whole nother story) I knew fishing this pond might be a challenge. (needless to say I am in the market for a 8wt salt/warm water rod)
As always the gills in this pond are eager to provide a guy with enough action to make a few hours fishing exciting. Taking flies and small poppers off the top are the bread and butter of these guys but patience is the key. More often then not it is a waiting game. You toss the fly out there strip it a few times and then let it sit. Eventually you see a shadow emerge from the deep and check out the alien floating on the surface of his world. If you are lucky he'll hit it hard and if your fly isn't up to snuff... well you got to see a fish but you'll never hook them.
Quite a few this day were hooked on a Little Green Diver #6 short with rubber legs and fluff behind the head.
First to hook into the Bugger was this little guy that darted from the cover with torpedo like speed. I quickly learned that a slow pause retrieve was the order of the day. I went through the gamete of speed and styles but the only hookups where with a slow action. If I recall correctly this trend carries through most of the summer here in the south for warm ponds. The lethargic bass just tend to avoid anything that will make them expend energy.
Incidentally those in the know might recognize the beautiful reel adorning this under-powered rod. That right, its the MFC Fly Reel I got from the OutdoorBloggerNetwork and Fall River Fly Rod contest last year. With its large arbor and smooth action it is the perfect bass fly reel. I even like the camouflage colors. Officially it is a river stone paint job but to me it screams the bass fishing look... I hope Larry The Cable Guy doesn't sue me but --- Git R Done!
Posted by Unknown at 10:37 AM
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
For this painting I decided to move forward with a style I experimented with for my recent Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout watercolor. After finally deciding to paint the Juvenile stage of a rainbow trout I got to work planning out the scene. Using the large Bristol smooth paper I again began by inking out my sketch of a Juvenile Rainbow trout on a selection of fall leaves. Using these bright colors I felt was a great backdrop for such a brilliant stage in the life cycle of a Rainbow Trout.
"Juvenile Rainbow Trout On Leaves"
- Acid Free Smooth Bristol Paper
|Juvenile Rainbow Trout On Leaves|
Posted by Unknown at 1:33 PM