Wednesday, September 10, 2008
James Prosek's "Fly Fishing The 41st"
Sketchbook idea for a Lake Michigan Series I'm planning
Earlier this summer, I read Mark Twain's "Life on The Mississippi" and loved the sense of adventure. I'm half way through another river adventure book: "Fly Fishing The 41st". This seasoned artist, fisher of trout, and gifted writer traveled around the world on the 41st parallel seeking native trout. Here are the locations on the 41st parallel: Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Japan and of Prosek's home town in Connecticut. Trout can only be found in the most pristine of rivers and ones that run cold. The cold water holds the high dissolved oxygen content that that these elusive fish need. I heard about him through this program on Public Radio:
You can see his work here:James Prosek's Web Page
Information on his books can be found here:books including Fly Fishing the 41st
Since March, I've been working in my sketchbook and following my muse. The muse has said to work on site and small for the moment and I've obeyed. This fall I've signed up for a creative drawing class and I think things are about to get shaken up again.
Our first assignment was to change the support we use. I'm trying out some experiments with silk organza as a surface. These experiments are leading me toward maybe a series of paintings on Lake Michigan. I'll probably have time to do these in January when I have my winter break at school.Here's a peek in my class sketchbook and my experiments with organza.
Experiments with Silk Organza (fabric layer only)
Experiments with Silk Organza (accidental mono print achieved by working ops on the porous surface of the organza on to print making paper below.)