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I'm back at work in the studio this week.i think I mentioned a while back in July that I stopped on the Grand Cascapedia in Quebec to paint a small watercolor field study of the famous Forks pool.I've been commissioned to do a painting of a client catching his first salmon there a year ago.I took the study and used it in conjunction with some excellent photos a friend of the client took at the time of the catch and created this larger watercolor depicting the scene.I've got another week in the studio and then back up to Canada for a few days fishing at the Square Forks club on the upper NW Mirimachi and then a week of painting on the Upsalquitch River to complete the pool painting project I started last summer.I painted 8 of the pools on the Stretch that my client fishes a year ago and I have 9 more paintings to do this year.

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I'm back from Iceland.My wife and I had a wonderful trip.We had what would be considered appalling weather by most people,cold(40's and 50's) and constantly rainy and foggy.Salmon fisherman ,and salmon fisherwomen are different however.Those kinds of conditions are far better than warm sunny weather if you want to catch salmon.That said we had a bit too much of a good thing this trip .The water in the river was so cold that the fish were a bit sluggish and hesitant to come in... from the sea.At times it wasn't very pleasant to be out in the cold either. Inspite of all that though we caught some fish and enjoyed being in a totally wild place.Three of us had an entire river all to ourselves for 4 days .We had a snug cabin ,actually furnished very elegantly, with a wood stove.We also had our own chef and a world class Icelandic guide.It was a little bit of heaven for !The weather prevented any painting this time.I rarely can say that , but it was truly gray and raining every moment.We will be back there next year however and I'm sure there will be paintings of the River Holkna in the future.

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I drove from the New Brunswick salmon camp all the way to northern Ontario to paint a series of paintings of the boats that are used at a very remote camp on a large lake up there.It was a long , but beautiful drive and well worth it.I was picked up the dock by an amazing classic mahogany power boat and whisked an hour up the lake to a private Island.I was commissioned to paint a lovely little cedar strip and canvas Peterborough rowing boat .I did several studies of it.I also did a small oil painting of the boat which brought me to the camp.It was a very special place.No electric,no Wi fi,no phone , no TV.Just the loons , the wind through the pines and blueberries everywhere you walked .I'd just stop idly and grab a few whenever I felt like it. What a magic place!
I'm in the studio this week, and then off to Iceland again.

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Wow time flies!It has been quite a long time since I posted..I have been popping from place to place.I was in Iceland for part of a week and got my art work all set up at the Hofsa and Sela River Lodges.I returned home for about a week and then drove up to the Grand Cascapedia River in Quebec to do a field study for a large watercolor that I have been commissioned to paint.From there I drove west to the Upsalquich River in Bew Brunswick where I've been salmon fishing for the last 5 days.There seems to be a good number of Atlantic Salmon coming back to most rivers in Canada this year and although we have had low water and too many bright sunny days , we have still caught 24 salmon for out group of 6 with a day of fishing still to go.Here is our host fighting a salmon this morning.

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I had a week in the studio and then a busy weekend gathering reference for a commission of striper fishing on the east end of Long Island Then a quick dash to eastern Pennsylvania for a couple of days of trout fishing at a famous old club.We hit it about right on the shallow water flats of the Hamptons in Long Island.We had mostly clear skies so we could see into the water pretty well and our guide Paul Dixon knew where the fish were.My client caught one especially memorable... striped bass of 20 pounds.This was on a fly in 3 feet of water no less!In the afternoon we picked up famous rocker Rodger Waters and he proved to be as good with a fly rod as he is at song writing.
A day later in Pennsylvania I spent one day painting and challenged myself with a tricky scene of tumbling water and thick foliage and then finished the day with a wonderful twilight hatch of big cream mayflies which brought up a huge Tiger trout .The tiger is a hybrid of Brown and Brook Trout.

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I'm just back from the Bahamas.We had a good trip.The weather was a little shaky , but we had great tides with low water in the early morning and late evening which meant that we could fish on the flats right around the lodge before breakfast and after dinner.The bonefish could not wait to get back on the flats which were dry on the low tide and were quickly flooded with water as the tide came in. I was able to do a little painting (this was not primarily a painting trip) and... I produced this oil of the stunted jungle like foliage of the Bahamas with a mangrove flat in the background.It was a challenging painting and I was very happy with the way it turned out.The stormy weather produced some incredible cloud and light effects, including rainbows.
I'm headed out to Montauk point Long Island this weekend for a different sort of flats fishing.I've been commissioned to paint a scene of the early summer striper fishing that takes place out there and in several other places in New England.On monday I'll be on a trout stream in eastern Pennsylvania.It will be a busy weekend !

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I've finished up my two large turkey hunting oils this week.I had to drive all the way down to Georgia to pick up the paintings from my Pebble Hill Mansion Show and then deliver them to the various owners on the east coast.I drove 45 hours in 3 days .glad that is over with!I'm back in the studio now and then off to the Bahamas for some painting and bone fishing next week.My wife and I will be hosting a group of beginning fly anglers at Kamalame Cay on Andros Island.It will be quite a contrast painting those Carribean colors after being immersed in the turkey woods for a month!

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The big news around here the last couple of days is our pointer Phoenix has puppies!I have had bird dogs all my life and started them all from pups , but I have never whelped a litter before.Wow!what an experience.They are sleeping and eating machines right now.I'll have at least some of these pups all summer and I'm looking forward to drawing and maybe painting them as they grow.They will be professional quail dogs down south starting this fall.

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I'm almost finished with my big gobbler painting.I'm sure there will be fine tuning but most of it is done.
I was out in the turkey woods this morning close to home.I had several birds gobbling but I could n't convince either of them to visit me.Still it was a glorious morning in the woods .I saw a rose breasted grosbeak and several species of thrush a very close range,and just listening to the turkeys gobble and feeling the adrenaline pumping through my veins was enough.

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The turkey painting is progressing!

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Here is the turkey still life I'm working on.It will be an interesting and challenging project.The bricks have to be rendered believably and the feather textures and colors need to be representational but loosely painted and attractive artistically too.On top of that I have to keep moving the bird in and out of the fridge!

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I'm still in turkey mode this week.I harvested a huge gobbler up in NY state at the end of last week and I've been painting in the turkey woods here in New Jersey this week.i plan to work these oil field studies up into larger oils with hunters or turkeys or both in them.I'm also working on a large oil still life of the NY gobbler.I'll post something on that in the next few days .

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I'm just back from a couple of days of turkey hunting.I visited old friends on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and although I didn't score myself my friend Willie did!I also did a little bit of field work and I plan to do a larger version of this little oil with a turkey gobbler standing in the soggy Eastern Shore woods.My goal is to do several small studies of different turkey habitats that I visit this season and create a series of the larger paintings with turkeys in them.

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I'm just heading home from Tulsa, OK where I attended the opening receptions for my sculptor friend Walter Matia's show at the Gilcrease Museum.The show was fantastic.Walter's work is amazing as always.The Gilcrease Museum is pretty incredible too.They have an amazing collection of western art as you might expect ,but also much more .They have some fine European paintings, a Lincoln life mask, and a massive collection of North and South American Indian artifacts.
We went out to the Nature Conservancy's Tall Grass Prairie reserve yesterday and saw huge herds of free ranging bison and gorgeous prairie flowers.It was a spectacular sight.A glimpse of what the American West once looked like from Chicago to the Rockies.

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Spring is finally here!Tracey and I were out trout fishing this past weekend and as usual Tracey got the big one!I've been busy in the studio too.I'm finishing up commissions from fall and winter and I'm looking forward to a trip to tulsa for the opening of my friend Walter Matia's show at the Gilcrease Museum this weekend.He will have 40 sculptures on exhibit.I have some turkey hunting and painting next week in Maryland and Virginia.

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The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust dinner in NYC this past week was a success.My two paintings(one as is and one commission) brought almost $10,000 for bonefish Tarpon and permit research.The original painting"Tailers on the Coral Edge "(posted here feb 6) went to a celebrity buyer.One of the dinner committee members had just whispered in my ear"Did you see who bought your painting?"(I had not) when an English voice behind me said"That's a lovely painting I just bought Mate!"It was Roger Waters of rock and roll fame!We had a very nice chat for about half an hour, mostly about fishing and shooting.I just never know who is a fellow hunter and fisherman!

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