Gallatin River 8/20/16

What do other people think?  That is the burning question that is on my mind when people come upon the process of the fly cast paintings. I never ask the question as the answer is perhaps more satisfying as a mystery rather than an explanation.  Asking around town and other artists as to why people buy works of art and one answer  was “There are three reasons for people to purchase art, an investment, gift, or a souvenir to take home.”  Another gallery said, “The reason people purchase art is because there is a certain type of nostalgia that goes with the work.” I would imagine, and then think that a fly cast painting holds all the elements to be purchased for those reasons.  As an investment this ideas of painting is brand new and authentic as people haven’t caught on yet to the potential it has as a unique art form specifically designed for fly fishing and painting.  An original gift that can be given to a fly fishing connoisseur that loves Montana streams, and as a souvenir it is a keepsake that could be passed down to generations as a time and place a family member was in the area or having the idea of a favorite stream in their house to reflect on that time of year when another trip can’t wait to be made back to that stream.  The answer about nostalgia for buying a painting is perhaps my favorite since that is the overwhelming emotion that is experienced on the river and afterwards when looking at the work.  To be able to share the work with someone and have their ideas and emotions about the streams is the reason why this work is created.

More action, more layers that will make their own shape when hit in the same area with a single strand.  The gold was shimmering off the bottom of the Gallatin river when the rafting company  came by with their clients, they would be seeing a different painting than the one on the previous day. One gal yelled out “I love your creativity, keep up the good work.”  That was encouraging as I slapped the canvas again and mixed the paint to try and replicate the bluish grey shimmer that was on the other side of the waves from the shaded side of the ripple.  Upon seeing the starkness of a single strand’s mark as it hits the canvas  keeps the process that is being pioneered to not only tie flies that are put on the canvas after the painting is finished, but to also tie painting ends like flies that can hold more paint and leave a mark like that of a paint brush.

2 paintings 13″x 21″ Acrylic on canvas

1 painting $350.00

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