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