The cultural happenings of fly fishing within the valleys of the Rocky Mountains.Read More
The artist, fly rod, and action of the river from the mood of the water to the color, art transferred to the poly carbon.Read More
The space any place presumes, gives power to allowing art to create that space, or be reminiscent of the place the art represents. Like a river system cascading over various rock formations the effects that watershed can have will be completely different up and down its entire length. A lot of a river’s characteristics is dependent on different tributaries and have a whole nether scenario taking place in their upper reaches. Take the Sauk River out of Darrington WA for instance, on a sunny day, in the summer, the upper reaches it is a red and gold color. Ten miles below that stretch the river takes on a green tinge that dominates the overall color, especially from a distance. The minerals, vegetation, the tea color that resides behind beaver dams all play into special atmospheres that rivers embody. These are light characteristics of what fashions a river’s color. A more dramatic color effect is the fact that more volatile rivers cascade through plains of sediment that come from volcanoes protruding from the earth. When the same river takes on more of a flow the unrest is undeniable in preparing for the deposits of erosion that will dictate the feel of the atmosphere that makes each river a different mood, and place to realize. Some folks prefer a slow river that calms down the meditation, and other smaller streams have a variety of more surprises with a laughing flow, a light wind to keep the bugs down and a different set up at each pool like a house with a work of art dominating each room and setting the stage for them to have a certain feature that sets them apart from other rooms. An idea for a very large scale painting will be to map out an entire river system with a mounted fly cast painting on each river as it comes down the wall. The paintings will be small in the upper parts of the small tributaries and become bigger as the eyes follow the lines down the different paintings to the bottom larger paintings. The paintings put together, to show the watershed, would be a direct understanding of the different moods and colors that put forth the similarities and differences that a stretch of water can have in its variance from other parts of the same system. Imagine looking at that wall and understanding the fly cast painting and even being indoors becoming a little bit closer to a stream from an artist’s perspective and technique through fly cast painting.
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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.