I thought I’d share a couple of older Walleye paintings, each done a couple of years ago, and are oils done on poster board. These were done as a temporary piece of artwork and never really intended for archiving. But thankfully, due to today’s technology, I can keep them around for many years electronically.
Doing these paintings takes me back, remembering my youth, watching outdoor hunting and fishing shows with my grandfather, uncles, father, and brother, and growing up in the wooded hills of western Pennsylvania . I love that part of this great country.
Fishing, for me, is a form of relaxation and release. Tensions and worry just seem to disappear, as it does when I paint. I have so many wonderful memories of fishing with friends and family, it’s no wonder I lean towards the water. But, truly, simply being in the wilderness itself is a thrill.
I can’t wait to do a series of wildlife paintings representing my love and respect for wildlife and “the great outdoors”… Hopefully soon.
Started these two this morning. Have to stop here. Too much to do today.
Broke out the oil primed linen. Soooo much difference over acrylic primed. Using a limited palette of Transparent Oxide Red, Cad Red deep, Cad Yellow light, Ultramarine Blue, and Flake White. Will post updates.
In early 2012, I was given the opportunity by a local community bank, to create a portrait of their founder, who in late 2011, passed away after an extended illness. Even though I had been out of the studio for such a long time (see blog from November 2012), I knew this was something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine a better way to show my appreciation for Doug and his ever present compassion for people.
This painting consumed much of my studio time last year. I spent many hours and many canvas on experimenting with color, values and getting my drawing skills back, before getting down to business with the final painting you see here. The painting now hangs in the bank board room.
“Doug” Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.