My friend Jerry sent me this photo of his fly rod and cigar, which I thought was a nice concept for a painting.
I made some changes as I drew the pencil thumbnail, pulling the distant rocks lower and extending the dark trees higher. Then decided to cast the foreground in shadow with only a hint of rim light on the reel. I want the painting to first be about shapes and composition, second about the stream, third about the story of the cigar break.
The color study above is a little smaller than a playing card.
Feb.14 2011 SF