Just spent a fun afternoon gathering source images to help with some trouty paintings. I now know that you need to take a “duck distractor” with you to get the best photos. Lots of amusing duck vs trout races.
I caught the most beautiful trout today.
I went to Loch Morlich early this morning (early for a Sunday anyway). It was a break from DIY in the shed and the chance to do a little fishing. The loch and the beach were quiet and there were a just few fishermen camping at the far end. Jane went for a walk with Sparky the dog and left me to it.
But it wasn’t all relaxation, honest. Paddling on the kayak gave me a chance to plan my next project. And I’ll admit that catching a few fish has also helped.
You know that fishing is a passion of mine and now I’m thinking about making the fish the heroes of the paintings, not just the shapes in the shadows. Something like fishy portraits.
Today was a chance to get up close and personal with them – I got three trout and a couple of pike. Not that you’d really want to get too close to them. Too many sharp teeth!
But back to that beautiful trout.
You’ll see it on the picture below but it had a lovely golden belly. Seems a shame to eat it, but we will.
Sparky made friends with it too, as you can see.
The title painting for my upcoming summer exhibition at Grantown Museum July 2-10. Powering up through the water after a wee black fly, glinting in the light….. there’s a fight coming. It’s not a massive painting but it’s one that makes me smile.
There’s a nice ripple on the surface of the water. You’ve thought carefully about the fly to use, taking time to match the wee beasties on the surface. You’ve laid down your line, casting so carefully it might have been a cobweb touching the surface of the water. You slowly retrieve your line crossing the exact spot you saw that trout rise….. and absolutely nothing happens.