Teaming up with Dogwood Black to put a Painting on your Back

Not too long ago, Mike from Dogwood Black approached me to see if we could find a way  to get some of my paintings on his Dogwood Black shirts. His team has done an awesome job coming up with the first line of shirts. Mike is a great guy and I’m proud to be a part of this project. What is even cooler is a good portion of the proceeds will be donated to Trout Unlimited or another similar organization. I love a company that gives back.

When I started these paintings, I didn’t anticipate this outcome, but I am extremely happy Mike contacted me. I can’t wait to see how this will grow and look forward to painting more for Dogwood Black.

Painting a Brook Trout

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!

Painting Through Prosek: Von Behr Brown Trout

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?? 

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: Mexican Golden Trout

After looking at the few online photos and illustrations of the Mexican Golden Trout that I could find, I’ve decided James Prosek painted a mix of the male during spawning colors and the female specimen. That being said, having never seen one of these little Mexican beauties, who am I to presume such things?
The Mexican Golden Trout is the last of the species in the chapter on Apaches, Gila and Rios. 
During spawning season, the male sports a bright orange belly. 
From what I can tell online, the par marks seem to be persist past the juvenile stages.
The par mark on the left is a bit darker than the rest, now that I look at it.
Next up, the book delves into the Rainbow, Redband, and Golden Trout. I’ve selected 7 of the 15 fish to paint. After that will be the Cutthroats. Now that is a big chapter. 

Painting Through Prosek: Apache Trout

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.

Prosek’s image. 

So there it is. We will see what is next soon enough.

Painting Through Prosek: Bull Trout

James Prosek paints two versions of the Bull Trout in “Trout: An Illustrated History.” This is a good example of variation between subjects. No two trout look the same. Whether you are talking Brown, Brook, Rainbow, Cutthroat, etc, etc etc. The same probably goes for all fish (sunfish/bluegill or even carp for that matter). 
To assist in finding some of the details of these fish, I have been searching images on the web in addition to using Prosek’s fish as a guide. As such, there tends to be a few more differences between my and Prosek’s rendition. 
Slowly but surely, I’m moving along. I may make a photobook with shutterfly when this is all done. Some way to have these sitting out in coffee-table-book style. Right now, I just have a file cabinet with all of these hidden away. That’s no fun. 

Painting Through Prosek: Silver Trout (Extinct)

The Silver Trout is only recorded in history briefly, at the end of the 19th century. Whatever the cause of its extinction, Prosek pays homage with a simple recreation. Similar to a brook trout with out the pattern along its back, crimson belly and fins, and red and yellow spots on its side. 
Again, I find myself dabbling with water color techniques with the acrylic paint to achieve a likeness to Prosek’s fish. And, again, I struggle to get the colors how I want them. I also need to continue to focus on proportions. 
This was the first time I incorporated the fins into the painting. That was an adventure. 

If you are interested in picking up a copy of James Prosek’s “Trout: An Illustrated History,” you might be able to find it at your local book store, fly shop, or online

Painting Through Prosek: Long-Finned Char

Page 24-25 of James Prosek’s “Trout: An Illustrated History” shows the perfectly named Long-Finned Char. I really like how dark the back is on his painting as well as the few photos I could find online.

Unfortunately, the edges of the painting got roughed up when I tore off the painting tape. A bit of a bummer, but lessened learned. I may start straying from the hard edge square painting.

Next up is the Brook Trout. I painted this a little early. So I’m going to head straight to Prosek’s variation, the Labrador Brook Trout.