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.