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Snatch ‘n’ Grab – Pike Painting

My next piece is already underway, journeying into the underwater world of Esox. Depicting one of the most celebrated times for pike anglers, the post spawn, when pike put the feed bag back on to try to recover from the arduous task of passing the torch to the next generation of water wolves.

Fuelled by hundreds of hours chasing pike and the unforgettable memories witnessing pike hit the afterburners to grab their target, this piece aims to stop time and appreciate the tremendous power and force these fish impose on their targets. As burst predators relying heavily on ambush, pike are notorious for spending a great deal of time, when the water is still cold, in shallow, weedy environments where their camouflage and patience often rewards them.

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Work in progress, featuring a post spawn water wolf taking advantage of the high waters of spring to snatch a meal.

This was a heck of a challenge to complete and I’m really happy with how it came together. I had a very vague image in my mind of how I wanted it to turn out and put a lot of faith in the process. The vision for the piece continually evolved the more I worked on it and slowly took shape. Throughout the process, I took the painting off the easel and looked at in a mirror and stood back to see how it balanced. I wanted to take the viewer into the pike’s world and give an “in your face” experience.

Having the lighting coming from the back of the subjects, made for an interesting challenge. I had to think outside the box and create the illusion with lighting showing through the fins and having the shadows cast towards the viewer. The effect was challenging but I think adds a unique element to the piece. We’re used to seeing paintings and photos with front or side lighting, so pulling this effect off took a bit of extra thinking.

And lastly, adding the finishing details was one of my most fun parts of the piece. I added little swirls of blood coming from where the pike’s teeth are penetrating the sucker, pearlescent scale highlights on the pike, and I hid a perch in the lower right of the painting as well.

All in all, I had a lot of fun with this one and I’m glad the journey is over. =P I’m finding the more paintings I work on, the moment when I put the brushes down is a great moment. It’s closure on weeks of being absorbed into a painting.

Snatch n Grab Pike Painting

Finished Pike Painting

“Running the Gauntlet”

“Running the Gauntlet”
36″ x 18″
Acrylic on Canvas

Finally I’ve put down the brush and call it complete. The inspiration behind this piece is based from my personal experience here in British Columbia last fall. We witnessed big predatory bull trout hunting spawning kokanee salmon in the crystal clear glacial waters around here. It was something I won’t soon forget and look forward to the event again this year.

For those who aren’t familiar with these two species, they are both endangered in much of their home waters. Habitat loss has been a huge contributing factor to the demise of both species. British Columbia is regarded as one of the last great strongholds for these stunning mountain salmonids.

This was my first big painting and really enjoyed the journey. It was an idea I had in my head for a while and I’m happy with how it turned out.

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“Running the Gauntlet”

Brown Trout Skeleton

A big brown trout is a wary adversary in its home waters. They know every rock and current seam in their section of the stream and fooling one can prove to be utterly frustrating. Their mood changes by the minute and can go from chasing other trout to delicately sipping tiny midges or mayflies within only a few minutes. But with stealth, patience, and time spent learning their habits, you can fool the wary resident brown and be a worthy contestant to the brown’s game. It is the challenge of catching brown trout in their home waters that keeps me going back. They provide the highest highs and the lowest lows.

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Northern Pike Skeleton

The Water Wolf aka Northern Pike (Esox lucius). A fearsome predator in the waters it inhabits. I love drawing pike almost as much as I like catching them! Seeing a big ole gator seemingly appear out of nowhere to inhale a fly or lure is hard to beat!

All Rights Reserved – Copyright Nick Laferriere – 2015

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All Rights Reserved – Copyright Nick Laferriere – 2015 

Bad to the Bone – Bream

Was a fun challenge trying to make a Bream look badass. Wasn’t easy but in the end, it haunts my nightmares. =P

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Big Bad Barra

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ReelFlies Brook Trout

I am very fortunate to have gotten to know some fantastic people in the fishing industry and the Bathgate family of ReelFlies are some of the best people around! I fully support Canadian businesses and especially those who support keeping things made in Canada. Unlike many other businesses that offer fishing flies, ReelFlies uses only Canadian tyers and the highest quality materials and hooks! I have so much respect for Steve and his family and when they asked if I’d be interested in doing up something for them I was honoured! I wanted to do something up special and really try to give them my best.

I decided on a Brook Trout which is not only one of my favourites but is also one of the mainstay target species for many of the ReelFlies’ following. This is to date my most detailed piece I’ve ever done and is 100% digitally drawn. The detail isn’t really shown unless you zoom in and see all the scale and fin detailing.

Thank you Steve, Ceri, Hayley, and the rest of the family. =)

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Reelflies Brookie Nick Laferriere