36″x 48″ Acrylic on Lexan Flycast Painting
The day began with the best intentions to create a flycast painting of a fly. My selection for the fly to be created would be the classic black Woolley Bugger.
After about two hours into the process there was a black smear across the Lexan that was lacking any resemblance to the shape of a fly or anything at all. The paint kept hitting low on the surface and black was not the best choice to embark on such a venture as it is a very hard color to manipulate or control. Plan B: Hit the surface with red, lots of red, putting on an underpainting to render the image of the flank of a brown trout. There would be no seeing through the Lexan surface on this piece . A literal, straightforward approach would be taken with the image that would be be seen is painted on the same side it was created on. Gettting to the high key tone that was desired took three layers of paint on the surface before enough white was added to the gold and yellow to get the desired contrast to the lines that are representing the scales on a fish. There were two people that stopped by to talk today and one encounter might change my life if the connections are good. Something great happens every time a flycast painting is created. A lot of times there is more than one positive thing that happens and most of the time it is from the openness and goodness of people to approach and ask, “What is going on over here?”
This painting is a reflection of working on your feet and the theory it is impossible to screw up a painting. I am pleased with the results with brash lines and the abstract representation of a brown trout. There is a subtle shading that takes place within the gold from top to bottom in a dark to light value shift within the golden colors. The balance is strong throughout the work and the red diagonal lines are doubling down as markings on the scales. The piece moves in a comfortable way across the work and there are subtle purple shades within the darker markings. Some represent the lighter purple dots on a brown trout and the darker markings are found on top of the trout as its camouflage to hide without worry on the river bottom.
The fly painting will have to work out at another date and will most likely be created on a canvas which will be more effective and forgiving when making adjustments.