Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Field Box and Fly-Tying

A number of years ago when I used to fly fish for trout I decided to explore fly-tying, the tying of very small lures meant to imitate insects and other trout food. I'd avoided it for years even though I hated paying for lures tied by someone else. The reason I avoided it is that I have big hands and lures are basically very small trinkets that are sewn together. Me as a small seamstress? It didn't seem likely.

Nonetheless I finally got the hang of it and learned to work 'very small.' I have that same feeling with my new Field Box. It is so small. All in all though it's easier to use than fly-tying materials so today I spent another hour before work sketching Canada and Chinese Geese at Valley Green.

Like yesterday they're nothing to brag about and they probably show me more what I still need to learn than they make me happy with the current results. Still I'm not embarrassed to show them, and that says something because I have posted work that I have been embarrassed about in the past. Or maybe the embarrassment just won't hit me until they're posted and it's too late!! Possibly, but I think not. I do like something about these.

Today is supposed to be very warm, about 90. But it couldn't have been a more beautiful day than it was when I was out sketching these. Must be the end of August.


Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Oh, contrar'! Love your strokes and shapes, especially on the second sketch. Wundabar! (My phonetic German spelling for wonderful :)

Ken Januski said...

Thanks Pam,

I do feel like I'm heading in the right direction here. Between forcing myself to work from life more often and using real wateccolors I'm happier with my work.

I know I'll continue to do more developed work that will include the use of photos but I think I'll feel much less beholden to the photos thanks to my live work.

We shall see!!


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