Monday, June 22, 2009

Hidden Away

Hidden Away 6"x 8" acrylic $65.00

Many of the streams we fish take a bit of hiking to get to them. The water is usually crystle clear and the trout very wary so it takes a stealthy approach so you don't spook them. Its not just about catching fish either, these streams run thru some beautiful forested areas which are home to a lot of wildlife. After a day on the stream you come back refreshed, its a place you can lose yourself in thought and come back feeling good.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Day Lillies

Day Lillies 5x7 oil

We have had constant days of rain lately and today was no different. I looked out the window and saw the day lillies standing out against the gloom of the day. I set up the easle right at the window and painted from there(and stayed dry). I was actually working on a different painting and was going in to start getting dinner ready when I looked out and saw this. I ended up eating dinner later than usual. I guess this would be called a inside plein-air painting.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Delaware River

Delaware River 11x14 oil (comes framed)
This is an area that my brother and I have fished for smallmouth bass. On this morning I was here to paint. It was a humid July morning and the sun was trying to push through the overcast sky. While I was painting, fish kept hitting the surface, I remember constantly turning my head after each splash trying to see what it was and all the time wishing I had my rod with me. Oh, the distractions we go thru.  I was happy with this one, I had captured the atmosphere of the morning.

Oh yea, the next morning I went there with my rod but you would have sworn there were no fish in that section of the river. Thats the way it goes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sundays flyfishing trip

My brother Tom and I took a trip up the Poconos to do a little trout fishing. The first stream we fished was the Appenzel Creek. They had some Sulphurs (mayflys) hatchin ,I had a nice one on but the tippet got caught around the reel and the fish dove and SNAP! When we switched to a caddis fly we started picking up fish. We finished under this bridge where the water was deeper and held some fish. After lunch we went to Tobyhanna Creek and caught trout on the same caddis fly imitation.

Saturdays scouting trip

Went to Saucon Creek Saturday to do a little scouting and to get some material for future paintings. While I was doing this sketch (top picture)a guy ended up catching a brown trout right in front of the bridge. On the way home I stopped to do a sketch of Cooks Creek in upper Bucks County. Cooks Creek is one of the last streams in Bucks County to have native brook trout still living there.