Rock Shadow #4


In Montana there are a couple ideas I have about the houses these paintings can go into.  With the rustic appeal of the great outdoors where old boards from fences structures don’t rot for a long time due to the dry climate, or the knots and weathered patina have seen harsh winters for many years, sets the stage for borders framing the past-time of fly fishing that is considered by some to be the finest in the world.  With the appeal to fly fishing and the branding of old timbers (that is a staple of Montana) these paintings could go in any home in Montana.


Another dream is to have the paintings be a part of a house that sits right on the fabled waters of Montana.  That dream has come home and this piece sits right on the banks of the Yellowstone River.  When the work was set on the wall the soft palette of the rocks just played off color of the room and when the sun shines through in the early morning it seems there is no other place in the world the painting could be.  It fit in there absolutely perfect!!


The rainbow trout resting in the water is one of the more placid resin paintings that have been created.  The decision to use a small Griffith’s Gnat on the surface is due to trying to keep that sense of calm within the work.  The work looks best from a distance and really captures the image a fisherman would see when sitting on the shore and a big cruiser is waiting in the shallows.  The fish sits more closely on top of the rock shadow and helps push the trout towards the surface of the painting. The fins are created with the most delicate nature and the spots are placed on the outside of the fins to frame the straight lines that go its length towards the body of the fish.  The rock shadow has been outlined with a softer line than the hard lines of the trout that sit on top allows the trout to maintain its shape throughout the piece and has an incredible contrast against the stream bottom.


Things that have been learned from this piece is to create a higher contrast within the work and realize that most of our world that has light is opaque.  The rock shadow plays when a viewer looks long enough at the piece and to realize that the rocks are just darker rocks that act as the fish’s shadow.  The idea to have a placid surface is a a different idea as well when tailwater fisheries would offer the image attempting to be captured with this image.







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