One of the best profs I had in college that was gracious to different styles and just lived his art was Robert Smith at MSU. He would always say don’t be so critical of your work until you have created the image at least 100 times. When it came to his art class I had a concept that was created a number of times in the same painting with different symbolism, that correlated with iconography that translated from different art periods that said the same thing or came to the same conclusion. After explaining to Rob what I was trying to do, he pulled me aside and said “War is bad” I nodded in agreement. “War is bad”, I nodded again. He then went on to explain that if a painting says the exact same thing a number of times folks are going to get the point but also be tired of hearing that, one, thing, in the same conversation. You don’t want your art to be as deep as talking to a drunk person that just keeps repeating themselves. That really stuck with the creation of art as far as being conscious of not saying the exact same thing every time but embellishing the one thing that a person wants their art to say. When it comes to fly cast painting and saying what the art is that is really getting me excited is the fact that the perspective of a river is a bit different than most paintings especially the Plein Aire painting crowd that works outside to create their images in a grandiose manner. A two sided painting that represents the river itself could translate to a number of different subjects as far as ideas are concerned with subject matter and medium. Rafters, Environmentalists, Fisheries, Hydrologists could all look into the river and be around it for the entirety of their working lives sharing that same vantage point as a fly cast painting. Monet would paint his pond as I would paint a flowing river that the fly rod accompanies perfectly for visual movement. Realizing more and more the differences that elements of art play along with the river comes down to varying the sizes of swatches, with contrasting values in paint as well as the different densities of water that is mixed. When engrossed with these decisions to fly cast paint a river it becomes more dynamic and involved the closer the mediums are evaluated and the rushing water set before the artist. This adventure hasn’t been repeating the same thing within the same painting but the painting that is created says something different each time when taking in the watershed the paintings represent.