The idea of making a painting is all just an idea until the easel is set up. The Poly Carbon is set in the holders and the leader on the fly rod is checked for length to be in the best contact with the yarn to hit the surface with the greatest control possible as well there has to be enough length to change a number of brush tips when the artist’s hands are covered in paint. The knots of fly cast painting are all the same as fly fishing when it comes to changing up the line. Just like tying on a leader or a fly, a blood knot, uni knot or an improved clinch is used to really secure the brush tips. The first couple casts really get the feel of what the balance is between the fly line and the end of the leader. The dried paint on the fly line can be felt running through the ends of the rod, and the flow of that mobility sets up the orchestra of what the painting will be for the rest of the day.
The positioning of the feet is the perhaps the most single important understanding of where the paint will hit and the line is extended to the most efficient distance of 18 feet. The rod length is 9 feet in general and to bring the end of the brush back to have a change of paint is most efficient at the double length of the fly rod. The sides of the easel and back cast are adjusted for brush being in the way which can happen alot. The size of the brush down to the inch is all a part of the decision making when it comes to loading the end with paint. The rule of thumb is that the more paint you want to move, the end will become quite heavy and a heavy brush sacrifices accuracy. It is an honest trade off.
The expression that comes from a fly cast painting is a real release from the tightness and craft that painting has traditionally been. The cross over from more of a traditional style to one that is completely subjective to looser restrictions is a liberation that most artist’s would love to achieve that are confined to cleanliness of line. There are some amazingly tight artists out there and a lot of understanding and practice goes into their style.
Painting with a fly rod is such a loose interpretation of what the lines represent it has gotten to the point that the most undeniable action that is taking place is the fact that a fly rod is being used and in the end, the fly rod did create a painting with unique lines and action and the the colors of the river are interpreted. So the most undeniable part of the art is the fact that there is a painting that was created and the with that knowledge what makes a painting and what makes a painting exciting?
The artist, fly rod, and action of the river from the mood of the water to the color, art transferred to the poly carbon. The movement of the fly rod and culture exhibited of fly fisherman being on the river is the quintessential expression of what is taking place on the river. The artist and the scene are being captured and in that respect the artist has become a part of the scene itself.
Yellowstone Flycast Painting
The technique is set, lets not change just improve.