Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blue Cheek Trout

This Brown Trout has some nice features.  I wanted to deepen the feel of the spawning colors and provide a substantial backround to strengthen the overall look of of this girthy beauty.  I really enjoyed stepping a little more outside of my typical style.  Gradually I will let go a little further. 

5.5" x 8"  Water Color on cold press 140 lb. 
See if you can guess where I found the model for this Trout.  Here's a of my Favorite Blogs...and there hasn't been a post in a long time...i'll reveal in a few weeks once there have been a few stabs where she came from.
Can't wait to get this's going to look legit!
By the way...she's for sale...just shoot me an email.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Trophy Striper - On the Fly

A beautiful 22 lbs Striped Bass caught by my good friend on a blue and white clouser fly.  Let's call this beauty "The Lipper".  I thought it would be nice to give this Striper a "trophy mount" look. 

5.5" x 8" Water Color on 140 Lbs Cold Press.

Here is the actual Striped Bass and the Angler "The Lipper" in his glory.  Well done my man! 

And the framed work :


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Red White Blue Streamer

A little late for the 4th of July, but I was inspired to capture this.  I found this fly on The Daily Fly Paper can check the link in my faves.  I added a little of my own character to the fly, but the essence is the same.  I was challenged by my father and my sister to come up with something Red White and Blue..and I think this fits the bill.  What kind of fish are striking this streamer?

God Bless America!

5.5" x 8" Water Color on 140 lb. Cold Press.  I'll be getting this framed shortly and will post.

Newly Framed:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Garden Peppers

So, the garden is slowly coming to an end for the season.  Sad to say that a critter has figured out that my tomatoes are pretty amazing...nicely paired with trout, salmon, and other fish caught on the fly rod.  Not quite sure what type of animal we've got stalking my veggies, but there is word of a fox in the neighborhood.  The squirrels seem to be quite brazen as well and could be the culprits.  I need to camp out some night with my headlamp and slingshot!  Here is my ode to the garden for the summer of 2010.  If only the critters would have tried to taste these first, I'm sure they would have run for the hills.

Water Color on 5.5" x 8" cold press paper. 
Yes...these suckers are HOT.

Brook Trout Streamer

This Brook Trout Streamer was fun to paint.  The gold, wrap around, tincil like spiral really comes out and seems to shine.  I love the pattern...should catch some nice phat trout. 

Water Color 5.5" x 8" on 140 Cold Press Paper
This Brook Trout Streamer is a beauty.  Idea taken from the fly tying of Lew Oatman.  The actual fly can be seen here: Lew Oatman

NEWLY FRAMED...this thing looks so sweet in the frame:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sparkle Streamer

5.5" x 8" water color of Streamer Fly on 140 lb paper.
Thought I'd go a little outside the box and add some movement to this fly, considering thats how the fish like to see it...on the move.  So is this Fly replecating a minow?  Tell me what you think?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hendrick's with Cucumber

This 88 proof, small batch Gin is imported from Ayrshire Scotland, where we typically find our single malts.  I was turned onto this image by a close friend who wanted to commision me to paint the bottle.  After doing my due diligence from the reviews, I can say that this is a very unique spirit that deserves attention.  Not your typical Gin, Hendricks is infused with essence of cucumber and rose petals that provide a subtle juniper aroma and "velvety" flavor.

The bottle itself is reminiscent of an old medicine bottle one would find back in the 20's.  That is appropriate when considering the history of Gin itself.  In early 17th century Holland it was produced as a medicine and sold in chemist shops to treat stomach ailments, gout and gallstones. British soldiers fighting in the Low Countries during the 30 Years' War were given 'Dutch Courage' during the long battles in the damp weather through the warming properties of gin. Eventually they started bringing it back home with them.  I will be bringing some home with me on my next visit to the "apothecary".

5.5" x 8" Water Color on Cold Press Paper.