Not quite finished but it’s almost there. Have to finish up the water, add some detail to the trees in the background, add reflections to the rocks, and darken up everything to make it more bold.
Here’s a preview of how it’s coming along.
Finished it. This piece was a great challenge and took forever to finish. I was working on it while I could while up in the Arctic. This piece is based off the rainbows we get in the parkland lakes in Manitoba, particularly the Duck Mountain lakes.
The Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition allows Manitoba resident artists a chance to compete for their artwork to be chosen to be featured on all the 2014 fishing licenses as well as limited edition prints. The Enhancement Fund procedes go towards management, stewardship, enhancement and conservation of Manitoba’s fisheries.
I was fortunate for my art submission to be chosen by the judging panel for the 2014 Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Stamp. I was also blown away to be awarded the People’s Choice Award, chosen by the public who’s votes were tallied after being on public display for over a month! Very exciting accomplishment! I can remember as a kid looking at the stamp on my dad’s fishing license, and I couldn’t wait to see the new stamp every year! It’s a lifelong accomplishment for me to have my art now represented on fishing licenses!
One of the first trout species I caught when I first started fly fishing was rainbow trout. In Western Manitoba there are a series of lakes that through proper management and annual stockings, have provided anglers a unique chance at catching trophy sized trout in numbers. Because the fish are stocked at a small size, they grow up in the lake and adjust to feeding on insects and baitfish. This provides anglers to catch trout but are more challenging to catch because they are accustomed to the natural food sources. Stiff regulations protect the large fish from being harvested, classifying them as Trophy Trout Lakes. One particular lake grows some beautiful rainbows and in the fall and spring, the colours of these fish are incredible. This drawing was based off a photograph I snapped while releasing a big buck.
A big, 27″ rainbow being revived and released to swim another day. I’m a strong believer in catch and release, and with trout especially it’s important to take a few extra seconds to make sure the fish is revived properly and is able to swim off. It’s all our responsibility to ensure the fish we catch get treated with respect and are given the best chance to survive. Watercolour pencil and Graphite pencil Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere