Works of Art

From Ben’s Journal

Yellowstone River (Carter’s Bridge), Montana

noon – 4PM
35 – 40 degrees
36 x 48 inches acrylic on polycarbonate

The Yellowstone was flowing low and clear with a hint of green in its depths to go along with the striking blue that was on the water’s surface. Today would introduce the fly brush, Bolderag. This pattern is a small sock material cut into a super absorbent rectangle. This brush was created to move a lot of paint without a definitive form. This pattern was almost too effective, as the very first mixture of paint will come back through the current layers of paint. One of the guiding ideas for the fly cast paintings at the moment is the idea of really thick hits of paint will allow for a greater interpretation of power as well as a more durable product. The idea of the rocks being represented in the river have more of an explosive hit that can allow for a more dynamic interpretation of the painting with the color of rocks being celebrated between layers of paint.

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