This is my first attempt at painting this woodcut. The next one I print will look a bit different. I’m not in love with the red here. I think I’ll color the walls with a honey color on the next one.
Trafeh Lodge is located on the mainstream of the Ausable River a few miles east of Grayling, MI.
“A Room With A View”, Watercolor, 8×11
This is more or less a sketch of an idea for a 3D piece in the future. The writing in the middle says,…
“As the day breaks over the Au Sable,
a Chickadee sings and Blue Jays squabble.
Warmth and down are what I love,
but a deep cool breath of morning dew
says brave the cold like a Blue-winged Olive.
Trout don’t live in a room with a view.”
Besides trout, birds are my second favorite wildlife creature. The Great Blue Heron being on the top of my list of favorite birds. I cant say this was painted quickly. It is only about 25% of the painting that I started with. My pencil sketch was intended for a linocut but I decided to try it in watercolor first. The idea was too linear and my brush couldnt achieve the results without using 3 rolls of masking tape. So I cropped without rEgret.
As Norman Maclean’s father stated about fly casting, “it is an art that is performed on a four-count rhythm between ten and two o’clock”. The book, “A River Runs Through It” is still my favorite book for many reasons. For me, fly fishing is more than just a hobby and the book reinforces how it can be thought of as a religion. I love the quote, “that man by nature was a mess and had fallen from an original state of grace…As for my father I never knew whether he believed God was a mathematician, but he certainly believed God could count and that only by picking up God’s rhythm’s were we able to regain power and beauty”. I am fascinated by rhythm in nature. .