Hyalite Creek 3/4/17

2 $250.00 each

11″x 14″ Acrylic on Lexan

Hyalite Creek #1

Hyalite Creek #2

Hyalite Creek
Hyalite Creek #1
Hyalite Creek #2
Option 3

An exciting new development in fly cast painting is the idea to work with smaller creeks, drop the price down, and get even more technical with the super subtle marks in a feeder creek.  After a failed attempt to work on the Yellowstone River I was blown off the banks by the ferocity of springtime winds coming out of the park.  The lid to my paints will never be seen again, errant casts kept hitting the easel, and the camera stand stood no chance of staying upright to capture the work on film.  After reluctantly picking up the pieces for the work I was in the neighborhood of the most exclusive Lodge in the Paradise Valley and I went to pay them a visit.

This idea has been on the books for awhile but the pursuit of it never had the backing until it came about that one of the most exclusive lodges said they would want to see my work on a smaller scale to fit in their shop and see what the reaction is by their guests.  The first attempt at the more miniature venture is just up the road from the house on a small stream known as Hyalite Creek.  It is a great location right along the road with a turn off and the snow lines the banks, but the wind is almost non-existent on this day deep in the canyon as it was very clear as to how much the wind was blowing in the valley. These smaller streams hold a nostalgia for me as they are the same sized bodies of water that I grew up on enjoying the pleasures of fly fishing and all its adventures.

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There are a multitude of creeks around Montana that don’t have quite the notoriety of the Rivers but more often than not are frequented by the locals and are even named for their different characteristics that set them apart from other bodies of water.

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Breaking out all the current moves on these pieces the protective layer is taken down to capture the reflection of the stream on top of the rocks that line the bottom of the stream and have the layer of Lexan playing the part of keeping the reflection and stream bottom separate.  After the last Gallatin River painting the reflections from the far bank are taken into more of an account as the Lexan is turned to the side.  There is a lot of enthusiasm when looking into the creeks and seeing the variety of small stones that make up the bottom with white rocks not quite being the stark whiteness of snow but reflect the hint of  flora that allows the aquatic life to flourish.  Oranges, Reds, and a strange lime color was present amongst the earth toned burnt sienna stones.  Chironomids were out in great droves as they covered the palette box I use to paint on and could be seen in all their dark starkness when they would land on the snow.  These paintings should come about at a quick rate and are a true pleasure to paint and do the research on, as these streams are the beginnings of our oceans.

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