Second day on the fly fishing watercolor, February 21, 2010

Fly Fishing Beaver's Bend, Broken Bow, Oklahoma

I got to put in a little bit of time in the studio this afternoon, and late tonight.  This composition is from a photograph my wife took of me, wading some swift waters at Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  Right after she took the photograph, I hooked a handsome rainbow trout.  Too bad we didn’t get a shot of that!  At any rate, I’m interested now in pursuing some fly fishing watercolors, and have quite a few photos of myself in the act, thanks to my wife’s patience and dedication with the camera!

I haven’t yet started on the bank, that will include plenty of fallen timber and rocks.  I also need to put some much deeper, dark colors in some of the woods, and find a way to make the fall colors stand out in bolder relief.  I still haven’t figured out how to separate the deep pools from the comparatively shallow runs in the stream, and also have to solve the problem of rocks appearing below the surface.  All in good time.  Too bad I have to get up at 5:00 and teach some morning classes at the high school, followed by an afternoon class at the college.  Perhaps I’ll return to this tomorrow evening (I hope!).

Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “Second day on the fly fishing watercolor, February 21, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    David, you are making wonderful progress. Do you pour through some kind of paper or directly on the paper. I know artists in Indy who do both. I can wait to see your next update and I appreciate the discussion.


  2. david tripp Says:

    Hi Linda. I don’t know about the pouring through paper. Perhaps you could tell me what that involves. I pour directly from a bowl or butcher’s tray. It’s not working too well on this small surface (9 x 12″)–not enough room to spread. It’s also not working as well on the D’Arches watercolor block–my last one was on D’Arches 140 lb. paper soaked and stretched over canvas stretchers. It seems the water soaks into the paper and dries quicker that way. With this block, it just puddles and lays on top forever (like I’m painting on formica or something!). So . . . I’ve learned from this experience. I’m trying now to salvage a painting from this, but relying mostly on the brush, and only pouring in very small areas (which leaves little space for accidents and dynamics).


  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Several artists I know use kleenex or paper towels to pour through. They lay down the paper, pour one color, let it dry and pull it up. You can pour muliple layers. I think you could use any porous material, probably including cheese cloth and Japanese papers with fibers. The key is to let it dry so you get the texture provided by the paper. For example one artist used three pours of varing colors of green to create a forest around a pagoda. This may not work for you since you cannot always see exactly where the paint is going but it might be fun to try. The texture that can be achieved is the goal. Sometimes it almost looks 3D or shimmering, sometimes it gives interesting “ripples”.


  4. David Tripp Says:

    Linda, I am fascinated by this! I’ve never heard of the technique, but now I want to try it as well. I’m suddenly faced with more options than I have time to chase, because I want to try all of them. I’m quite intrigued to see what this layering effect would have on a forest, or on water surfaces. Since I’m messing around with fly fishing themes, I think I’ll give it a whirl ASAP. Wish I didn’t have a college class tonight and A.P. Art History tomorrow. I’ll probably have to wait about 24 hours to see how it goes.


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