Here is the prop
set-up, arranged so that it has interesting light
and shadows. I refurbished the creel and
purchased other items to compliment the space.
You might notice the two thin pieces of paper,
pinned to the top of two of the pears. They are
there to give me some indication as to how the
shadows would fall if there were two fishermen
standing there (and there will be!)...
is a close-up of the 'fly box' with it's
collection of bugs.
using a couple of very old 'Field & Stream'
magazines that featured 'flyfishing' on the
cover. The reel is a Pfleuger 'Sal Trout' from
the 1950's attached to an old bamboo rod.
a better look at my 'paper people'.
1930-40's Bartlett pear crate label will be the
wallpaper background for this painting. It was
also the inspiration for the painting.
is my nephew Keith, looking natural as he tries
to hook up a steak from the Bar-B-Que.
is my brother-in-law Paul, not only posing for my
painting, but taking major insults from Keith on
the sidelines. Now I have all the components to
start the painting process. Just need to stretch
the linen on the stretcher bars and have at it!
to block in the image with oil thinned down with
background is blocked in and I am beginning to
block in the foreground, beginning with the
bamboo fly rod.
just given the 'initial washes' to the magazines
and the fishing pole and reel.
where I am to this point. I'm working on the
creel, defining the detail from the very
that's left are my two fishermen.
is "Flyfishing In Pears" completely
blocked in. Check out the next photo. It's a
detail of the two fishermen, my focal point in
I get ready to begin applying the final, thicker
coat of paint, I need to determine the final hues
and values. I study the light on my focal point,
my two fishermen. I want them to stand out from
the background (which is very busy) and the only
way I can do that is to make sure that the
overall value of the background is dark enough to
make the sunlit areas of the two fishermen 'pop'.
In other words, if there is a value in the
background that is brighter than the highlights
on the fishermen, then it will battle for
attention with my focal point. This next 'final'
layer of paint will sharpen up the detail as I
adjust all the color. This step will take about a
month to complete.
completed the final paint on the fisherman (minus
his fishing rod), the background sky, mountains
and one layer of hills. You can see how the
greenery behind the fisherman, from his waist
down now looks too light in comparison to those
objects that are now getting a darker layer of
this photo has considerable glare on the wet
paint, you can begin to see the change as I work
from top to bottom on the painting. The next
photo will have the rest of the background
painted and you will see how the 'blanket' of
darker values behind the men on the pears begins
to make the light shine on the sunlit areas of
though the lower portion of the background is not
completed, you can begin to see the upper
portions of each fisherman begin to brighten, as
the background darkens. Compare this photo to the
photo of the two fishermen above. (three images
above this image)
with the background finished, you can really see
the difference in contrast between it and the
foreground figures and objects. I can now use
this overall value of the background to choose
the final values for the foreground. Finished
foreground photos will be next...
fishermen are done! Compare them with the photo
just two above to see the difference between the
'blocked in' thin oil wash and the heavier
unthinned oil application. I've chosen some
darker values, as well as changed the hue in a
couple of areas.
the painting is finished and here is a detail of
the flies in the fly box.
a close-up of the creel, made of wicker and
pair of pears...
pair of fishermen...and...