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No Strings Attached

High quality prints now available of the acrylic painting “No Strings Attached” https://fineartamerica.com/featured/no-strings-attached-nick-laferriere.html?newartwork=true

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.

Original 18″ x 24″ painting is available.

No Strings Attached print small

Stillwater Pennask Rainbow – Commissioned Piece

Since I took up painting, it has been one of the most fun and most challenging pursuits of my art career thus far. The learning curve isn’t quite as steep as I anticipated, mostly because my brain knows how I want something to look, but there’s definitely patience required when learning a new medium. With pencil, I know exactly how to make something look the way I want it. Pencil pressure, smudging techniques, erasers…I have put in thousands of hours with a pencil in my hand. But with brushes and paint, it’s a whole new game altogether! It takes me longer than usual to get things to look the way I want, but I’m getting there.

This was a really fun piece and the finished product is one of my absolute faves! The one huge benefit of paint, is the colours just glow. I incorporate a lot of translucent glaze layers with several thin layers of colour to give incredible depth and vibrancy, something I couldn’t even think to achieve with pencil. These techniques give the piece a 3D look and also change throughout the day and depending on the lighting projected on the piece. This piece is no exception and in proper light, it grabs you and draws you in.

Before I started painting I didn’t see the allure to why people would pay thousands of dollars for an original painting. But now I understand. It’s not just about the painting itself, it’s about the hours the artist invested in front of that piece. The brush strokes, the mistakes, it’s the whole process. And of course, a print doesn’t do the original piece justice at all. You don’t get the colour depth, vibrancy, or any of the effects that paint offers. Prints can be quite flat in comparison. So now I understand why and I’m so happy with how this piece turned out!

This piece was for a friend of mine, Alfred Pryce, who commissioned me to do his favourite fish in his favourite scene. A Pennask Rainbow hovering over a Chara bed, with chironomids emerging around it. For stillwater anglers, this is their Holy Grail and why so many anglers flock to British Columbia’s stillwater lakes. I was able to also add in Alfred’s favourite fly, the Pumpkinhead Leech, which is one of John Kent’s masterfully devised patterns.

Thank you Alfred!

 

“Stillwater Pennask Rainbow” – 20 x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas

Irene and I were able to deliver the piece in person to Alfred. He showed us his incredible house with an amazing view! =)

Koke Addict – in progress

This piece has been sitting unfinished since May. This summer has been insanely busy with buying a house, moving, and guiding up in the Arctic. I’m hoping to get back to working on it in the next month or so. In the meantime, I’ll be working on the Pacific Salmon Federation stamp piece.

Koke Addict

Circling Trout Series

A new series that is under way is the Circling Trout Series. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Inspired by both tattoo art of koi fishes and a painting done by the extremely talented Yusniel Santos, I finally took the time to sketch out a concept and pose I liked.

Starting with the three most popular, Brook/Brown/Rainbow, and adding more to the series as time progresses and allows. These are all done in watercolour pencils with a Copic marker base coat. The first piece, the Brown Trout, was the test piece to try out using the marker background and see how it would work out. This method, which I had never heard of done before, works amazing! I sketched out the general layout and then filled it in with the marker. After I let it thoroughly dry, I begin adding in the watercolour pencils, layer after layer, building up the depth and colour richness. The marker gives a perfect neutral grey background in which I can build from that helps make the colours pop better than your typical white paper background.

Decals are coming very soon for this series and the Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead pieces are underway.

Circling Trout Promo

 

Rainbow Trout – Digital Drawing

Rainbows are one of the most popular gamefish in the world and one of the most widely stocked fish. Known for their fighting abilities, Rainbows are a ton of fun to catch no matter where you fish for them.

This piece was done life-size at 600dpi using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop.

For information about licensing this artwork, please go to the homepage and use the contact box.

rainbow trout promo smaller

Steelhead Skeleton Design

Steelhead design and hoodies I did for Cabela’s Canada.
http://www.cabelas.ca/product/70780/fishbum-steelheader-pullover-performance-hoodie

steelhead promo

All Rights Reserved – Copyright Nick Laferriere – 2014

Steelhead Skeleton Hoody Front and Back Mockups copy

Steelhead Dreams

The latest fine art piece I put together. After I completed the Rainbow Trout piece for the Stamp Competition I received a lot of hype and interest from people wanting to purchase prints. Unfortunately I had to sign a contract stating that if I won all rights were to be owned by Manitoba Fisheries. So as to not disappoint too many people, I decided to do up a steelhead piece in similar manner.

I tried a few new things with this piece. For one, I wanted to reach out from the confines of a rectangular border. I achieved this by having different aspects coming out of the traditional frame.

Along the way there’s always obstacles and things I would change for next time. It’s always a new learning experience with every piece I do.

Steelhead DreamsOriginal Artwork by Nick Laferriere
Watercolour Pencils