Posts Tagged ‘Pflueger’

Out of the Corner of the Eye

December 21, 2014

When a tempera is finished, he hangs it in his house to see it in all moods, all lights, accidentally out of the corner of his eye.

Richard Meryman, Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life

I think the fatigue factor has finally kicked in.  I speak not only of having a good night’s sleep interrupted, but also of the reality that I am getting tired of looking at this watercolor (and am surprised that some of my readers actually say they like seeing this, over and over, on this blog).  Over the past several days, I have added small, tweaking details to this painting, and I have screwed up many a painting doing exactly this–just not letting it go.  So . . . I’ve decided to give it the Andrew Wyeth test, and will let the painting sit in my home where I can go in and out of the room, glancing at it occasionally, sitting and studying it from time to time, perhaps making some notes, and knowing that maybe nothing else needs to be added except my signature.  To say that I have enjoyed working on this from conception to finish is a gross understatement.  The deepest satisfaction has been spent in company with this watercolor coming to term.  And I’m grateful for every positive comment I’ve received from viewers over the past several weeks as it has grown.

Thanks always for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not really alone.

Vintage Flyrod Watercolor Nearly Finished

December 20, 2012
Vintage Flyrod and Pepsi Crate

Vintage Flyrod and Pepsi Crate

After photographing this and preparing it for the blog, I realized that I still have some work left before I can call it complete.  There is a section of the rod butt that I still haven’t finished.  I spent a little time this evening, deepening the colors of the crate and adding the fly line and a pair of flies to the foreground, along with a few shadows.  Oh well, I’m nearly finished with it.  It’s been fun.

Tomorrow is the last day of school, and I am ready to sail into the holidays.  I hope to get some more watercolor sketches under way.

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Digging Deeper into the Drybrush of the Vintage Flyrod

December 18, 2012
Study of Bamboo Flyrod and Pflueger Reel with Pepsi Crate

Study of Bamboo Flyrod and Pflueger Reel with Pepsi Crate

Spending the evening in the Man Cave, while listening to the  documentary of The Real World of Andrew Wyeth, I felt my interest in this subject intensify.  I really want to dig deeply into the details of this crate, flyrod and reel.  Too often when I introduce my watercolor composition with pale washes and a few specific details, I feel a premature satisfaction as the image develops before me.  I have to ask myself if I am ready to stop, to leave it as a quick sketch, or if I want to push further, deeper into the subject.  No such debate arose this time.  I really want to work this one as far as I can.  After weeks of poring over Andrew Wyeth drybrush images, I have this itch to explore still life objects up close and personal, to see if I can develop some techniques, to see if I can find a better way to present my subjects in this wonderful medium.

I chose to stop at this point, take the picture and post it.  As Hemingway pointed out, it is easier to resume work the next day if you stop while you’re still “hot”, if you cease at the height of your interest.  It’s good to know what is coming next.  I am ready to spool off some fly line and put one or two flies in the foreground, then work on the shadows around the base of this crate and reel.  I can see already what I want to do.  So I’ll put it to bed for the night and plan on returning to it after school tomorrow.

Time to pick up the Hemingway biography once again.  Thanks for reading.