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Canvasfish

This is an interesting look at Derek DeYoung’s work, including some of his early works and an insight into how he creates his bright colorful pieces.

At the age of 6, Derek was declaring to friends and family that he wanted to be a famous artist. Enamoured with angling from an early young age DeYoung’s favourite subject has always been fish. But by the time he left art school at the age of 23, DeYoung realized he needed to push his artwork in a new direction. In order to achieve his goal, he began to experiment with composition, taking the fish’s form away and removing the actually shape of the fish. By zooming in extremely close on his subject, DeYoung’s objective was to portray trout in colour and pattern only. The result was the “Abstract Trout Face” series paintings. Derek’s contemporary vision and vibrant use of colour challenged the traditional, classic style of angling artwork and eventually received critical acclaim and success. That success would lead to corporate collaborations with Abel and Simms that would make the DeYoung name into a brand. A consequence that he struggles with as he attempts to build a life around his love of painting and his passion for fly fishing. Canvasfish is intimate portrait of an artist and his work. It celebrates a small part of the culture of fly fishing while not attempting to document the pursuit of it. Filmed at DeYoung’s Livingston, Montana studio, Canvasfish chronicles DeYoung’s career as he paints his way through life, a fly rod in one hand and paint brush in the other.

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Creative Art Flies – Val Kropiwnicki

I’ve been admiring the creations that Val Kropiwnicki has been putting out for some time. Who could help but to stare at these unique works of art. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of the flies (for me) are the ones which defy the conventions and even practicality and are tied, just because they can be. The Spowith Heritage fly below is a perfect example with the inline double shank. I applaud the ingenuity and and creativeness of these works of art.

The Spowith Heritage - Val Kropiwnicki
The Spowith Heritage - Val Kropiwnicki

Click here to view the full gallery of Val Kropiwnicki’s works.

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Brook Trout – Peter Strid

Just got word the artist Peter Strid has done a new piece featuring one of my favorite streamers; Lew Oatman’s Brook Trout. He even added the orange bucktail which most people omit because it was missing in Dr. Bates book. (The plate does show the bucktail, and originals all include it) The tinsel is magic, I may have to buy this one for my collection. My hat is off to you Mr. Strid. Well done.

Brook Trout Streamer - Peter Strid
Brook Trout Streamer - Peter Strid

You can take a look at the post here.


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