Painting Through Prosek: Westlope Cutthroat Trout

What better to do while watching a good game this evening? While Wisconsin took their shot at Kentucky, I took my shot at the Western Cutthroat Trout. Again, I turned to a combination of James Prosek’s version with some photos online and came up with a compromise. 

Look at Kaminsky go!


I added the highlights to give it that shiny-wet-fish appearance.

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!

Painting Through Prosek: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

The saga continues following James Prosek’s lead.  The state fish of New Mexico is as beautiful as a desert sunset. I would love to see one of these in person. 
Prosek’s on the left, mine on the right.
It is better in person.
Maybe someday this could be yours 🙂
If you have enjoyed these paintings and are interested in how you could get your hands on a cheap print, check out my new etsy shop! You can get a set of four different prints on blank greeting cards. For now, all proceeds will go to fund my local trout unlimited chapter. 

Painting Through Prosek: Spawning Colorado River Cutthroat Trout

I’ve been looking forward to this fish ever since a I saw a photo posted by Ivan of Yukon Goes Fishing on his Instagram feed. 

photo by YGF… I think.
Now, I don’t really know for sure if that is Colorado River Cutthroat or a Yellowfin Cutthroat. What really amazed me was the spot distribution and stark contrast of the yellow body. 
I have primarily been focusing on the broad side of the fish. As you can seen in James Prosek’s depiction, it is rather spotless. That meant I had to get a little creative in how I added the spots in. I could have painted the entire fish or just the tail, but I decided to go a different direction.

There may still be time to put this book on your Christmas list. 
The cheap paint set I bought a while back has lasted.
As you can see below, I deiced to just let the spots run off the page. 
I also painted them to fade out a bit. 

Another look at the spots. 

The Instagram shot. 

Next up, the Greenback.