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.
Ive been inspired to paint a couple more images lately due to a recent inquiry from a fishing busy who has interests in fish designs and art. There was quiet a bit of talk about a brook trout print. As I’ve given away both of my previous attempts, I had the opportunity to work on another one from scratch.
I looked at lots of photos online and ended up with inspiration from several sources. I thought I would show you some of the layers and steps to the paintings.
You start with a blank canvas and a cool beer.
I lay down some textured base colors. In this case I think I used too much yellow.
I like layering the oranges and reds over the yellow.
Then it is time to craft some spot.
Nearly finished. Still looking w bit yellow.
Done! I darkened up the yellow belly a bit to give her that slightly dirty look, but even that is overshadowed by the autumn tummy.
Well, thanks for walking through that with me. Have a Happy Halloween!
No apologies for the decrease in posts, from me. I’ve been busy with an amazing 8-month old and traveling for interviews. This time next year, I’ll be exploring new waters.
On to the painting…
This one has been a long time coming. One of my first attempts at painting was of a brown trout, and, man, did I struggle. I’ve gotten a little better control of color now, and I’m much happier with this result. I went for the warm colors of the colorful, small-stream browns when they wear yellow bellies and are sprinkled with red and black berries.
Now, here’s a question for you…. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could get some shirts with these on them??
After finishing the Char with a Dally Varden three-for-one
, I’ve moved onto the next section of James Prosek’s “Trout: An Illustrated History.”
The first specimen is the Apache Trout. What used to be an endangered species has made comeback partly because of such strong work by the local Native American conservation efforts.
At first I wasn’t happy with my ability to match Prosek’s painting,
but in the end, I think it turned out well.
I’d love to catch one of these some day.
So there it is. We will see what is next soon enough.
I skipped a page, but with good purpose. I might be swapping this piece in exchange for a painting by someone else. An art swap, if you will.
Here is the Brook Trout (Prosek uses the Labrador Brook Trout as his example). Brook Trout tend to be a favorite of many people. They have a jewel-like appearance with rich, complimentary colors.
I painted this one a little larger, again, just focussing on the patterns. No fins, yet.