Sketchiness can lead to...

"study of walleye" ink & acrylic on canvas, 9" x 12"

...books and books full of ideas, patiently waiting to be used. It can also leave to cool finished paintings, like this.

Home again, snowy and sound. It's nice to be back in the studio with my acrylic paints handy. I had good intentions of painting over the Christmas holidays...but that got usurped by a good book, extra shifts at the cafe and long naps. Oh well. I didn't neglect my art completely.

This is a painting of a fish....more specifically for all you non-fishermen out there, a walleye, and they have a cool spiky dorsal fin, are green(ish) and have a permanently dazed expression on their fishy faces...thus the name walleye (in case you were curious). This was painted because of a request. Written on the background are tips on how to catch walleye, the color of lure that attracts them, and other random facts about them. I have never been fishing, but I hope to learn....especially fly fishing. Really, it has more to do with the scenery and the motions of casting, than actually catching anything. That and I like to try new things. It's on my list of things I want to do in 2010...right up there with running my 3rd half marathon and getting some of the pages on my passport stamped. New year, new schemes, new adventures....more art....and more paintings that expand my knowledge of things in walleye, and their favorite colors.

Tomorrow? The totem pole. Stay tuned.