A spawning scene of Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, depicting a flaring male and two hens. The name is a play on words to both say they shouldn’t be fished during the spawn (no strings attached) and because they’re spawning and they don’t form pair bonds. (no strings attached).
I had a lot of fun on this one and learned a ton about water reflection/refraction. It took a long time and several repaints to get the water just right.
As with anything, the painting looks better in person and doesn’t translate very well on a computer screen. But alas, it’s the best I can do.
I’m anxiously awaiting to hear how my pintail painting faired this year in the WHC Federal Duck Stamp Competition (Canada). It was a tough one but in the end I’m pleased with how it came together. I’m still learning on how to paint birds. So much intricate details involved!
I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed some truly incredible moments while guiding and fishing for walleye throughout my life. Some of the most memorable events are when the wind is blowing, creating wind-induced currents. Fish were stacked up along windswept shorelines and points, capitalizing on baitfish getting tossed around in the waves, making for easy pickings. They also aren’t shy from airborne predators because of the surface agitation, giving them cover from aerial attacks, and will be feeding in very shallow water. This is the inspiration behind this piece, to try to encapsulate the action onto canvas.
Planning out this piece was a fun process, creating balance with the wave action and the sand bottom, complimented by a pair of hunting walleye and a school of baitfish getting tossed about. I wanted to make the piece vibrant with contrasting blue water elements, sand bottom and the gold of the walleye.