I have been working on this piece off and on for about three months. Its an 18x24 canvas. Its finally coming together. I had the hardest time getting the proper lighting down , when I put in the shadow of the covered bridge then the lighting suddenly started making sense. When you work on a piece too long you don't see mistakes you should be seeing, so it helps to put it away for a while and see it again with fresh eyes. The drama of the painting is the brown trout coming up to inspect the anglers fly. This is the Tulpehocken Creek in Reading,Pa., its about an hour and a half away. Last year I had gone up there to get some material for some paintings, I did a plein-air sketch downstream from this spot looking up toward the bridge. I'll show that in the next post. This morning I was going to go to a stream I scouted last week but the weather is raining and windy,not ideal weather for painting outdoors. The weather is supposed to clear up by 3:00 this afternoon so it might be worth the hour ride. This year I set a goal to paint a number of trout streams on location, last year I failed miserably, it seemed like I was always running out of time, either the weather didn't cooperate or other commitments kept me from doing what I had planned. Well, we will see this year.
Talk to you later.