Painting Through Prosek: Provo River Strain Bonneville Cutthroat

The cutties in Utah used to be big. Real big. We are talking 10lbs big. Long gone are those day, but there are some remaining strains of the ancestors of those big fish. I can just imagine James Prosek and his buddy, navigating the Utah landscape in an old pickup truck, searching for the unique strains of trout. 
With only a few paintings left in this project, we stop to admire the Provo River Strain of the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout – a strain native to Utah. 
I was a little too light on the par marks and could have gotten my red coloring of the lateral line better, but I’m happy with the fin. 
I think I have four more set aside to paint. Then it is either on to Trout of the World, or time to look at something other than trout. 
Have a great weekend!
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Painting Through Prosek: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Again

So, funny story. I guess I’m tired. I just realized I painted this trout already. Nice one, David. 
After another 12+ hour day at work, I came home to a sleeping household. Wife. Baby. Cat. All sound asleep. After finishing a couple chores, I decided to move forward with the next object of study in the Painting Through Prosek Series
The state fish of New Mexico is one I would love to see in real life. The Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout comes in many colors, but it always seems like you can imagine a desert landscape in the profile. 
Prosek’s version is colorful. Mine is inaccurate, but okay nonetheless. 
If you are interested in acquiring a couple prints of the Painting Through Prosek Series, visit my Etsy page. All proceeds go to our local trout unlimited chapter. The bundle of cards will come tied in fly line. My very first fly line, in fact. 
His is better 🙂

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies:
On a totally separate note, try mixing 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, and a dash of cinnamon together and baking for 10 minutes at 425F. Crazy easy. Crazy delicious. 

The Eastern Shore

When life starts to get really crazy, we are so thankful for the quick getaways like the one we had last weekend to our friend’s “Shore House” on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The weather couldn’t have been better and the company was top notch. No fish, but the word is the Tarpon at in Virginia. 
Here are a few shots from the weekend.