Archive for the ‘Artistic’ Category

Autumn Wisco Musky

With fall mere hours away here in the Northern Hemisphere, I got to thinking about my old home state of Wisconsin and its signature fish, the Muskellunge. A cool fish to catch, even cooler on a fly rod. With the thoughts of autumn colors, the scent of fallen leaves, and the flow of tannic waters in my […]

A (Vector) Cutthroat Revisited

This is a little vector-art piece I did as part of the Drawing Fish 52 project (with Jeff Kennedy). It’s a representation of a Rio Grande cutthroat and one of the streams of its native habitat (Costilla #1 in northern New Mexico). Costilla #1 flows from Colorado into New Mexico on the Vermejo Park Ranch property, and […]

Sofa Pillow Revisited

From four years ago, a little Sofa Pillow illustration that was part of the original Drawing Flies 52 project I did with Jeff Kennedy. Seemed an appropriate time to revisit it. Still one of the favorites from that year’s series. If I recall, Marshall over at has this one in his collection.

Trouty Collage

Was going back through a bunch of art files on my computer and realized that I never posted this (that I can remember). It’s a piece I put together a while back for a European fly festival poster. It also ended up in an issue of Trout Unlimited‘s “Trout” magazine. It’s basically all fish drawn/painted in 30 minutes […]

A Bit of Tenkara Brushwork

Had the watercolors and a brush out this last week. Did two Sakasa Kebari in Payne’s Gray (with a dot of Quinacridone Red) on some 140 lb Canson cold press. One (the “rounded,” at the top) went out as a commission. The other (the “sleek,” at the bottom) is available. 6 x 9 inches; $40 shipped. Shoot me an […]

Christmas Spey (2010)

A little look back at a holiday fly from another time. “Christmas Spey” from the 2010 DF52 project.

SC20 / 04

Under a big sky / Shadows cast in a rhythm / Perfect memories. SC20 04 /20 as photographed by Polara Studio. Detailed view here. Purchase info here.

AMFF — Angling & Art Benefit

I recently  completed three smaller watercolors for the American Museum of Fly Fishing’s upcoming Angling and Art benefit sale. With the schedule I have been attempting to keep, I painted the pieces quickly and with a more open, perhaps slightly expressionist hand in some areas (orange water? My mind likes the way it feels, so […]

A New Angle

Can’t believe I’ve off the blog for a month, but I’ve been barely keeping my head above water, so to speak. Among many things, I’ve been painting. Just finishing up a bigger piece tonight, and thought I’d take a few pix before I completed the background. On a whim I decided to shoot wide-angle at […]

Drawing Fish 52 (2012) Revisited – Tarpon

This first made an appearance during the Drawing Fish & Flies 52 project from a couple of years back, and I still like how it turned out. It was second of two tarpon images from that week in March, 2012. You can read the full, archived DF52 post here.

Drawing Fish 52 (2011) Revisited – Brook Trout

A little look back at what I was doing two years ago this week with the Drawing Fish 52 project (along with Jeff Kennedy). The week’s subject matter was a brook trout and the image below was my take on it in 30 minutes or less. I have included some of the original text from […]

DF52 (2011) Pumpkinseed Revisited

A little look back to 2011 and the Drawing Fish 52 project. This was the fish from the second week of January. I’ve posted the text as well as the image. In the time since, this image went to a reader who had a passion for panfish. Growing up in Wisconsin, I fished not only […]

Drawing Fish & Flies 52 – 51_Christmas Spey

A little look back at a holiday fly from another time. “Christmas Spey” from the 2010 DF52 project.

Drawing Fish & Flies 52 – 50_Popsicle

Click the image for a better look. Drawing Fish & Flies 52 Popsicle. One of the quintessential flies of Alaskan fishing (a modern-day classic from George Cook). My choice from last week (I am behind a week, obviously). Like the Royal Wulff from week 49, this is a great fly to draw or paint. Notes: This fly has […]