Fly Fishing Watercolor nearly finished, Halloween 2010

Fly Fishing in South Fork, Colorado

After letting this one sit for several months, I took it out this evening, hoping to finish it.  I have another festival coming in two weeks, and would love to complete some of my unfinished pieces lurking in the shadows of my disheveled studio.  This started out as a poured watercolor, and I’m trying to ease off on the brushwork, not wishing to wipe out some of the wonderful accidental effects that came from pouring and salting, mostly on the water and in the background thicket.

Compared to my other works, this is a larger piece, measuring 18 x 24″.  I need to get comfortable once again with larger watercolors.  I’ve been working the 9 x 12″ size for about a year, and fear that I’ve gotten too comfortable there.  I guess that’s a major feature of success in creating art–breaking out of those restrictive “comfort” areas.

Thank you for reading.

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4 Responses to “Fly Fishing Watercolor nearly finished, Halloween 2010”

  1. Pierre Says:

    This is lovely, the stance of the fisherman and the way he is holding his rod, the suggestion of waves and froth, the background thicket, all of it is wonderful. You have almost convinced me to try this pouring technique, something I have never yet tried, perhaps because I am anal retentive, as some of my friends say jokingly.

    Last time I wrote a note to you I had attached a copy of an aquarelle of a Miramichi salmpn fisher and you asked if it was mine. The answer is no. I only wish I could paint like that.




  2. David Tripp Says:

    Always a pleasure to hear from you, Pierre, thank you. I think you will find pouring to be a most engaging technique. I too am very anal retentive–all my friends know that, and I know that. But I’m always astonished at the marvelous accidents that occur during the pouring process. If there is anything I don’t like, I simply mop it up while it’s still wet. But during the drying process, I find all kinds of cool textures emerging as I sprinkle with salt, spray with a water bottle, blot with tissue, scrape with an xacto knife, and then pour other colors on top (provided they aren’t the kind of colors to turn the field into brown or gray). I’m just overwhelmed at all the possibilities I’ve discovered after only 3-4 poured attempts. I could never have done it with a simple brush.


  3. francis Says:

    Wow, this is an increadible piece. The shadow, the trees and the man and the colours it’s just balance each other. I can see you realy enjoy finishing this piece. Amazing work there David.


  4. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Francis. I custom-framed this one and really like the way it finished. I’m ready to try another of the same genre.


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