Works of Art

From Ben’s Journal

Taylor River, Colorado

12/11/19
2:30 to 4:45 PM
29 – 20 degrees

36 x 48 inch acrylic on polycarbonate

This is the first Colorado River to be fly-cast painted. Looking into the water, the water held a golden green tinge beneath the dark surface. The progress made today was the highlights of the snow on top of the ice flows coming down the river. The bale cast coupled with the application of a pre-tied tip of thread allowed for some active intricate marks.

12/12/19
10:30AM – 4:30PM
29 to 20 degrees
(completed second day)

The Gunnison River painting came together today to completion. On a day that bode well for sunshine at our backs the first thing we noticed when approaching the river was how the ice chunks floating down the river had diminished in number from the previous day. There were a number of different fly cast painting moves incorporated. The moves I am most excited about are some of the “flybrush” (Gary Snyder coined term) patterns that moved the paint in exciting and intricate ways. A long parachord tie with varying ends, a leather circle with a suspended yarn in the middle were the most effective patterns. Locking in on the weight and accuracy of the casts were also in fine form for this painting.

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