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“Fishing on the St. Joe”

“Fishing on the St. Joe” is an 8″x10″ oil on panel that I painted last fall while on a camping trip with my husband. I started it on location by laying in all my values, then finished in studio. It was a cold and windy day in late September when I painted it and so didn’t get as far as I wanted to because I was freezing! I’m a light weight when it comes to extremes of temperature.

Anyway, I use my husband as a model but he tends to not stay in one place long enough for me to really capture him. I always have to use my reference photos to finish.

I sat in our UTV to paint this scene, to try and stay out of the cold wind and when I looked up from my work, he was gone!


Plein Air Painting


Now this is a huge pet peeve of mine because number 1, I don’t know where he went. Number 2, I don’t like to be left alone in the forest. What if a bear came? Seriously? Or what if some unsavory characters came by? Or what if he fell and got hurt and I had no idea where he was? Number 3, what if I was ready to leave but couldn’t because I had no idea where he went? I mean really! This is a big issue with us. I always say to him, “Stay in eye contact with me”. He says okay, but then always disappears.

So this year I plan on getting us some two way radios. Then when he disappears, I can call him and find out where he went. Or if one of us gets in trouble we can call for help. Mind you, we aren’t young, anything can happen! Plus I have a wild imagination and it makes my fears bubble up and get the best of me. I’ve had some eye opening stuff happen while I was out plein air painting alone, and won’t go by myself anymore. One time I was alone by the shore of a lake in the tall weeds and turned to grab a roll of paper towel only to find a man standing behind me watching me! I never heard him walk up and thankfully he was a park ranger, but it could have been a bad situation.

Anyway, I fussed and fussed with this painting and finally said “I’ve had it…I’m calling it done!” It’s been sitting in my studio since October waiting for me to “fix it” but I don’t want to work on it anymore. It’s good enough for me.

I’m ready for some new adventures and have cabin fever really bad! I’ve been cleaning the studio and getting my plein air kit ready to go in a moments notice, so when the warmer weather finally arrives, we can hit the road.

So here you go – the fourth in the Fly Fishing series with more to come. What do you think?

~ Rhonda 😊

“Fishing on the St. Joe”

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“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River”

Wow that’s a long tittle! But that’s where this painting was originated so that has to be the title. Right? This one is nearly ready for varnishing, which is the best part because it unifies all the colors and makes them pop!

Fly Fishing

“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River” is done in oil and painted on panel. It will be framed in black with a gold liner. It’s the second of a new series called “Reflections”.

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New into the Studio ~ Gift Baskets!

New into the studio ~ Gift Baskets!  Now you can turn any oil painting purchase into a unique, one of a kind gift, for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or the holidays! Each basket is curated to the theme of the painting you choose and no two are alike. Is there a Fisherman in your life who is hard to buy for? How about a Fine art painting in a basket?

fishing basket content idea

Here is a sampling of what could be in your curated Fisherman’s Gift Basket 

Goodies galore plus an original oil painting inside a beautiful reusable basket is the perfect gift for your fisherman.

Fisherman's gift basket

If you’d like to purchase a gift basket, click on the Gift Basket link under the SHOP tab in the store. Add any basket to your cart, after you have added a painting to your cart. Note: paintings are NOT included in the basket price. Allow 7 to 10 days for your basket to be curated before shipping.

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“Sunday Fishing”

Do you love to fish? I enjoy it, even though I can’t seem to catch a fish to save my life! Seriously! If I was starving I’d be in big trouble! Lately, I’ve found fly fishing to be a lot of fun, but as yet haven’t found a creek that has fish in it! In any case, I’ve decided painting fishing scenes is rather enjoyable too and that genre is top priority this summer. Here’s my fave, which I’m sure you’ve seen in a previous post:

"Fly Fishing"
“Fly Fishing”
8″x10″ oil on panel

 

Then there’s also this smaller painting done on 6″x6″ gallery wrapped box canvas:

"Sunday Fishing"
“Sunday Fishing”
6″x6″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

 

Father’s Day is around the corner! An original one of a kind oil painting would make a lasting gift! Keep in mind the Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on any painting. The paintings are signed by me and come with a certificate of authenticity and artist documents. 🙂

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“Fly Fishing” oil on panel

 

Fly-Fishing

Standing in a creek casting a fly in hopes of catching the big one is the ultimate fun! This painting was a joy to paint and is lovely to gaze upon with all its dark jewel tones. It’s truly one of my favorite paintings!