Fishing Flies Painting: Purple and Black Beaded Woolly Bugger

fishing flies painting in watercolour
Purple and Black Woolly Bugger (watercolour 15 x 10cm)

So here it is: the first of the fishing flies painting. In yesterday’s post I mentioned that painting a damsel fly had led me on to an idea for a new series and this is it.

Sometimes inspiration for a subject is a bit like that word association game families play on long car journeys. I started with painting wings as an exercise in mastering strokes with a round brush, wings led me to flying insects, which led me on to fishing flies. And they have such great colours, they are a dream of a subject for a watercolourist.

Fishing Flies Painting Series

It was only a while after I had finished this painting that I remembered having seen a fishing flies painting somewhere else. Eventually, I managed to squeeze my brain enough to remember where it was: fellow 100 Wash Challenge artist, Christy Lemp posted a picture of a gorgeous fishing flies paintings on her website in May. The subject is ideal for Christy’s wonderful bright loose style. She turns them into little gems.

I enjoyed painting this one so much that I’ve decided to do a series of them for Running With Brushes. Another one tomorrow, perhaps.

5 thoughts on “Fishing Flies Painting: Purple and Black Beaded Woolly Bugger

  1. What a clever idea. I love this painting and can’t wait to see the rest of the series. It reminds me that an old flame used to call my earrings fishing tackle. Well it was in the 80’s!

  2. Very nice. Your painting really popped Leslie’s thumbnails. Of course it jumped out at me also because I ran all over town today looking for fishing line to hang a show on Saturday. Apparently most stores don’t stock it in winter in VA.

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