Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday at StridArt


Just a friendly reminder that StridArt is open for business this holiday season!  Why not surprise your Dad, Husband, Wife, or someone special with a very unique gift this Christmas. 

Give a call or send an email to inquire about a painting, print, or a commission idea!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Muddler

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  I thought I'd start this week off with a nice Muddler Minnow Fly.  Brown seems to be a very "thanksgiving-ish" color to me.  I have also included the actual fly that was the model for this painting.  The fly was given to me by my wife, as she felt it was a beautiful fly...agreed.  Looking forward to some Thanksgiving family time this week. 

Water color on 9"x12" cold press

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Permit In Light

The Permit, Trachinotus falcatus is a fish found in the shallow, tropical waters of the Atlantic...or the fly fisherman's southern destination..."The Flats".  It is one of the most difficult fish to catch, but worth the I'm told.  The Greek origins of the name Trachinotus falcatus mean "Rough Back" and "Armed with Scythes".  A reference to the sharp dorsal fin that occasionally protrudes out of the water.
Water Color on Cold Press 9"x12"

I thought this would be a nice painting to get people thinking about the warm weather destinations they have planned for the upcoming winter chill up north. (Also would make a nice Christmas present.)  I know I've been thinking about it as evidence of my painting subject!  Here is a link to a guide service called Tropic Bay that charters trips to St. Martins Reef off of the central west coast of Florida and the Keys.  I'll try to keep some warm weather subjects coming your way to let you have a nice daydream.  Now, close your eyes and queue the Bob Marley tune Trench Town Rock!

Who has tropical fishing plans this winter?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Two of Hearts - River Runt

The Two of  Hearts is a the lovers card.  I chose this subject with some inspiration from a deck of playing cards given to me by a friend.  The Deck includes old school fishing lures and spinners.  I thought this one paints an interesting idea.  The 2 hearts of lovers...the two incredibly sharp tri-hooks...perhaps waiting hook each heart together.  What do you think it signifies? 

The River Runt c. 1929. 

Here is a great website that has an unbelievable collection of old lures, including the River Runt: Old Fishing Lure

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jim Warner - Gray Winni Smelt

I opened some mail last night to find a nice early Christmas present from the one and only Jim Warner.  Jim is a legendary Fly Tier who resides in Melvin Village on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH.  I spent my summers as a child on that lake and have sweet memories of the place.  The gift I received from Jim last night included 2 beautifully hand tied Streamers and a note describing Jim's efforts to reach out to all of his friends on his website STREAMER LIST with a few flies on his list.  Thanks Jim!  And you'll see this paining in the mail shortly.

And here is the Fly Tied by Jim Warner: