Painting Traditions

There is a section of the library dedicated to the creation of two dimensional art. The manipulation of a view to be recorded on a flat surface and represent something else is the standard. College will teach you that to define genres in art, painting will always be dominant over sculpture, because folks have a place to put it in their homes, and not enough space to walk around a work of art. The recipes for oil, brushes, surfaces to paint on have been documented well. The application of a soft well trimmed bristle being applied to a canvas in a nurturing caring manner can be evident by the stroke itself. After many applications of that meditation on the canvas a viewer will become lost in the art by the rhythm it creates. Even develop a sense for the mind set of the artist and understand their space of being and tools being used.

The idea of painting with a fly rod is the same sense of meditation, strokes being applied by different ends that can hold paint. The first ones started out on canvas but it became evident after a short time that to manipulate water, another medium for a painting surface can be used that is clear. One evening a fellow said to turn my painting around and the other side was just as beautiful. The two sided idea of painting rivers began.

One time a fishing guide was watching me create a painting and said “why don’t you go up to the surface of the poly carbon and touch it with the paint”. The one time it have tried that to cover a spot, the stark realization that that is a different stroke than what has been applied with the fly rod was clear as a bell. That painting was destroyed and being true to the art and the use of a fly rod is paramount. There is nothing like the feeling of hitting the corner when the rest of the painting has been covered. If the day doesn’t allow for time and pin point accuracy the clear spots are celebrated and used to fit into homes by matching the walls and it is an honest representation of the going ons that day.

The next steps for the concept of the aesthetics for fly cast painting is to get more into the criss cross movement and depiction of space when looking into water. The painting will be flipped around and painted on both sides or the upper surface will have some paint put on as well to get the viewer to peer deeper into the piece. Never would it have thought or conceived of such an understanding before this adventure began. I can’t wait to show you.