Tuesday, July 27, 2010

OFF THE GRID - The Trailer

Currently touring on the Fly Fishing Film Tour, "Off the Grid" looks like a must see.  Here is the description from the producers:

"When we set out in the spring of 2009 to film our new movie, Off the Grid, we decided to look for people, places, hatches and fish outside the norm. We started out west, chasing hatches and trout in Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Montana. From there we traveled north to Southeast Alaska and BC. We made a brief stop in the Midwest, then completed our filming on the remote flats in Mexico. On behalf of our entire crew, we are proud to present a unique cut created for the 2010 fly fishing film tour, a sneak peak at the new film... Off the Grid. We hope you enjoy the show!"

Couldn't figure out how to stop the "Auto Play" on this video...so here's the link to it: Off The Grid - Vid Here

Thursday, July 8, 2010

"Cover Model" Brown Trout - Progressive Start to Finish

I wanted to once again show the different stages of my painting process.  Below, you will see how my fish comes to life through the painting.  From top to bottom you can see where I begin on this Brown Trout from the base layer to the finishing detail.  The reason she is called the "Cover Model" is she is loosley based upon the beautiful Brown Trout on the cover of "Fly Rod & Reel" magaznie's Spring 2010 issue. http://www.flyrodreel.com/magazine/2010/april

Water Color on 140 lb cold press - 5.5" x 8"                                          

Stage 1 - The Sketch, outline, and base colors.

Stage 2 - The body formation, eye set up and more base layer.

Stage 3 - Bringing the layer effect to the spots and adding depth and dimention.

Brand New Frame for this beauty:

The Glenlivet

The Glenlevit 18 year Single Malt Whisky from Speyside Scotland is a favorite in the collection.  Extreamly smooth, not to be mixed with anything but a fine glass in my opinion.  It has a sweet floral fragrance, is distilled twice in copper stills and then aged in oak casks for 18 years. It has a very sophisticated smooth feel and I thought was worthy as a subject for a painting.  My current bottle was a gift from a close friend...the good news...he doesnt like whiskey, he's a burbon drinker.  I get this all to myself.
Water Color on 140lb cold press 5.5" x 8"

Wide Open Brookie with Skunk

The Wide Open Brookie was also a previous painting that I had shared on my blog, but was never satisfied with the finished product.  I have recently added a green butt skunk to the mouth of the fish to complete with what I feel is the finishing touch.  She was hungry and deserved more.  Have you ever caught a Brook Trout with a red butt skunk? 
Water Color on 140 lb Cold Press - 15" x 22"

Cutty Finale

This Cut Throat was a difficult painting for me.  I featured her as a series back in May with pictures taken throughout the painting process.  I would stare at the painting...walk around it, and stare some more before I would go back in.  You can see the previous post with the 5 different stages here: http://stridart.blogspot.com/2010/05/water-color-in-progress-cut-throat.html .

Water Color On Cold Press 140lb - 15" x 22"