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Introductory story of more time for art and fishing

My fishing has slowed down, advancing age bringing the usual stiff joints, like they need oil, narrowing my horizons of mobility, so common to aging, but in my case, I suspect worse than most. I still get out fishing regularly though, to what I suppose I can now call my 'home waters'; a dozen or so very pleasing spring-fed ponds, a gentle cascade of them linked like a dowager's necklace by the thinnest thread of a tiny stream in groves of century-old oak trees. There's a backdrop of high, purple peaks, and it's lonely enough as well. It is on Lourensford, a picture-book pretty farm outside Somerset West, the sort of place any angler would be happy to spend a few careless hours in the pursuit of trout that are just as testy as you want to make them. The water isn’t gin clear, mostly transparent shades of pale greys and greens, clear enough for sight-fishing to come into play some days. The fish are rainbows trickle-stocked from a hatchery set up on a mountain stream high above the ponds, and they run a pound to two, though some get bigger, and they are spirited. So it's a lovely place for a 2 or 3-weight rod and a deep-set nymph when all you watch for is a hint of shiver in the leader, which makes it all as exciting as fishing the most famous river in the world.

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A typical pools rainbow in good colour. The rod is my new 6' stream rod The Ibra, made by Steve Boshoff after the Italian fly fishing legend Roberto Pragliola. The loveliest small stream rod I have ever used.

For newcomers, it always turns out more beautiful than they imagined, and for the regulars, the fishing is predictably pleasant and if you get overcome with a cascade of proper small stream fever there's a good stream, the Lourens, running a short walk from the ponds. I hope to get onto this stream again once the water warms into the deepening summer, providing my joints and lack of litheness are up to it.

The stream beyond the ponds. Robin Douglas in the first one, myself in the other.

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(Photo by Keith Douglas.)

 

Like most sane people I'd rather be fishing every spare moment I have but I find now – again maybe a symptom of age – that capturing trout on paper with pen and ink is nearly as good as taking them from a stream with a rod and line. Well, nearly. 

So my art has lately become a bigger thing in my life, not that it hasn't always been. As a student, I made a few bucks on the side selling caricatures of our professors and lecturers to fellow students and later, carried on with a few cartoons of my fishing buddies.

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In celebration of Clive Hatton's 9-pound trout from the Langkloof in Barkly East

My art

With time on my hands, I'm letting my imagination flow, especially as I find it in the iridescent beauty of trout and in fly patterns and in the nostalgia of deep-country settings. So I am painting or sketching trout, either leaping or in profile or over pebbles, whatever, sometimes surrounded by hovering mists of hatching mayflies that are somehow always a metaphor for angling. I paint rainbows and brown trout, but of late I have done a few North American brook trout, cutthroats, and some Japanese trout and char, like the pretty Iwames and Amagos and the white-spotted char, and to ring the changes, some backcountry fishing cottages and bridges I've known and there are more than a few of those.

I have done sketches on-site in a wire-bound sketch pad but mostly I draw from photographs. Taking a sketch pad in the back of your fly vest with a range of pencils is not something I made a habit of, but when I did I learned more about what I was drawing than I ever did from a photograph! And I have kept all those pads.

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Water colours

All my art is done on is watermarked 100% cotton Arches cold and hot-pressed paper. I use only Winsor & Newton paints and store the art in large plastic sleeved portfolio folio holders in dry, dark places. I can arrange to frame, but it puts both the price of the art up but also complicates the transport by courier, so I don't recommend it.

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Wild rainbow, Bokspruit River, on the summit of the Breg

Ceramics

I've been painting and sketching trout on unfired ceramic salad bowls, cheese platters and coffee mugs. It's a labour of love because painting on unfired ceramic is a lot like painting on blotting paper, but the results are pleasing once the piece is fired and glazed and those I have done to date have been snatched up by friends and family keen to eat a salad or drink a coffee from a utensil evocative of fly fishing.

The pen and ink sketches on ceramic are especially pleasing to me. I draw these onto the raw bisque ware with a very special Amaco pencil. Standard lead pencils don't work as the sketches disappear in the firing process.

I never use digitally generated transfers in this art. All is original pen drawn straight onto the bowl or mug.

The raw product is fired twice at around 1200° C, once to bake it hard and the second time to cover it in a nicely transparent glaze. So it will last your lifetime – or until you drop it!

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Pen and ink

I find this a very expressive medium and I do most of my sketches on high quality watercolor paper or Primeart paper. The pencils I use are a combination of Rembrandt Lyra (HB to 9B) and Wolffs Carbon pencils and Faber Castell Ecco Pigment pens sizes from 0.1 to 0.9.

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The Tentkop stream Eastern Cape

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The Koffiehoekspruit

Pastels

I only use pastels to draw trout flies because it is possible to get the finest variety of shades and colour tones by mixing the pastel colours. The effect is very life-like. I use Sennelier pastel paper for the drawings.

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Traditional Adams, Catskill style

Oils

I will soon get back to oils, a medium I love, since the master of bamboo rods and wood, Steve Boshoff, renovated my century-old easel that once belonged to a famous artist, Jean Welz, whose pastel-colored palette is still evident in the patina of its wood.

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An earlier oil painting

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Farm outside Stellenbosch 1984 Oil on canvass painted on site

 

Some pieces in private collections

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United Kingdom

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 Clem Booth with a painting of mine he donated to the Red Cross Children's Hospital Trust

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FR Kern River Golkden trout

FR 1898 SU Sharlands Christmas Present

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Victoria, Australia 

Ordering may art

Some of my recent art is available to buy with prices on application. However, much of what is illustrated here is already in private hands but serve well as examples should you wish to place an order. The available art is marked as such for your reference. A few of the sketches are from the original artworks used in Yet More Sweet Days and others are from the new art for the third edition of Hunting Trout.  Also included are a few ceramics and pencil and pen and ink sketches. Please make enquiries on my email address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

The prices include special secure packaging and a door to door overnight courier service anywhere within South Africa. For overseas buyers I will send a quote that is city and country dependent. For all couriered parcels I need your physical address during daytime as well as a cell or telephone contact number.

Water colour paintings

  • Trout over pebbles

    Trout over pebbles

    available
  • Rainbow at Spurwing, Highland Lodge

    Rainbow at Spurwing, Highland Lodge

    available
  • Leaping for mayflies

    Leaping for mayflies

    available
  • Two trout over pebbles 24 x 30 available

    Two trout over pebbles 24 x 30 available

    available
  • Leaping after mayflies

    Leaping after mayflies

    available
  • Brown trout over pebbles 23 x 30 Available

    Brown trout over pebbles 23 x 30 Available

    available
  • Wild rainbow trout

    Wild rainbow trout

    available
  • Corolrado cutthroat 28 x 19 available

    Corolrado cutthroat 28 x 19 available

    available
  • Leaping rainbow

    Leaping rainbow

    available
  • Rising to mayflies 31 x 24

    Rising to mayflies 31 x 24

    available
  • Leaping wild rainbow 30 x 23 available

    Leaping wild rainbow 30 x 23 available

  • Ephemera danica

    Ephemera danica

  • Leaping rainbow

    Leaping rainbow

  • Leaping rainbow and RAB 19 x 27 Available

    Leaping rainbow and RAB 19 x 27 Available

    available
  • Brown trout with mayflies 18 x 13

    Brown trout with mayflies 18 x 13

  • Rainbow profile and RAB 17 x 24

    Rainbow profile and RAB 17 x 24

    available
  • Apache trout 20 x 28 Available

    Apache trout 20 x 28 Available

  • Leaping brown and trout flies 40 x 28 Available

    Leaping brown and trout flies 40 x 28 Available

    available
  • Profile brown trout 20 x 24 Available

    Profile brown trout 20 x 24 Available

  • Trout against branches

    Trout against branches

  • Leaping rainbow 25 x 18 Available

    Leaping rainbow 25 x 18 Available

  • Two brown trout over pebbles 19 x 29 Available

    Two brown trout over pebbles 19 x 29 Available

  • White spotted char

    White spotted char

  • Leaping Amago

    Leaping Amago

  • Amago trout

    Amago trout

  • Leaping rainbow against branches

    Leaping rainbow against branches

  • Leaping brown trout with mayflies

    Leaping brown trout with mayflies

  • Leaping rainbow with mayfly

    Leaping rainbow with mayfly

  • Brown trout over pebbles

    Brown trout over pebbles

  • Leaping rainbow with RAB

    Leaping rainbow with RAB

  • Leaping brown trout

    Leaping brown trout

  • Coldbrook stream rainbow

    Coldbrook stream rainbow

  • Highland Lodge rainbow 24 x 18

    Highland Lodge rainbow 24 x 18

    available
  • Head of a rainbow trout

    Head of a rainbow trout

  • Witte river collage

    Witte river collage

  • Leaping brown trout

    Leaping brown trout

  • Trout on the source of the Bokspruit River

    Trout on the source of the Bokspruit River

  • Brown trout 20 x 15 Available

    Brown trout 20 x 15 Available

    available

Trout Flies

  • Catskill Adams variant

    Catskill Adams variant

  • Imperial dry fly

    Imperial dry fly

  • Grizzle hackle and flies

    Grizzle hackle and flies

  • Catskill Queen of the Waters

    Catskill Queen of the Waters

  • Traditional Quill Gordon

    Traditional Quill Gordon

  • Spider

    Spider

  • Traditional Kites Imperial

    Traditional Kites Imperial

  • Catskill Royal Wulff

    Catskill Royal Wulff

  • Catskill Quill Gordon

    Catskill Quill Gordon

  • Kites Imperial

    Kites Imperial

  • Zak

    Zak

  • Royal Wulff

    Royal Wulff

  • Catskill Pink Lady

    Catskill Pink Lady

  • Colour pencil Adams dry fly

    Colour pencil Adams dry fly

  • Pastel Adams dry fly

    Pastel Adams dry fly

  • High water RAB

    High water RAB

Pen and ink and pencil sketches

  • Heatherdon Cottage on the Old Dam

    Heatherdon Cottage on the Old Dam

  • Trout in a bankside run

    Trout in a bankside run

  • Two trout

    Two trout

  • Field sketch of a stream

    Field sketch of a stream

  • Sterkspruit

    Sterkspruit

  • The Itchen

    The Itchen

  • Trout stream

    Trout stream

  • Angler

    Angler

  • Gateshead with flies - available

    Gateshead with flies - available

  • Gorge Swith River valley - available

    Gorge Swith River valley - available

  • Studies of a brown trout

    Studies of a brown trout

  • Branksome house

    Branksome house

  • Bridge over the Coldbrook Stream - available

    Bridge over the Coldbrook Stream - available

  • The Karringmelkstroom on Ossa - available

    The Karringmelkstroom on Ossa - available

  • Rainbow in hand - Signed prints available

    Rainbow in hand - Signed prints available

  • The hatch and the tree - Prints available

    The hatch and the tree - Prints available

  • On the Sterkspruit sketch - Available

    On the Sterkspruit sketch - Available

  • Drought From Yet More Sweet Days Available

    Drought From Yet More Sweet Days Available

  • Time-lapse fingerling trout rise Available

    Time-lapse fingerling trout rise Available

  • Banks of the Sterkspruit from the book Available

    Banks of the Sterkspruit from the book Available

  • Small stream

    Small stream

  • Highland Lodge rainbow

    Highland Lodge rainbow

  • Gateshead available

    Gateshead available

  • Rainbow in a hatch available

    Rainbow in a hatch available

  • Hatching mayflies available

    Hatching mayflies available

  • Bokspruit on Carabas From Yet more Sweet Days available

    Bokspruit on Carabas From Yet more Sweet Days available

  • High street Rhodes

    High street Rhodes

  • Houses in Rhodes village

    Houses in Rhodes village

  • Wild small stream brownie 30 x 20 Available

    Wild small stream brownie 30 x 20 Available

  • Trout in reflection

    Trout in reflection

  • Time-lapse fingerling rise - available

    Time-lapse fingerling rise - available

  • Brown trout against bankside leaves - available

    Brown trout against bankside leaves - available

  • Karringmelkstroom landscape - available

    Karringmelkstroom landscape - available

  • Banks on the Sterkspruit - available

    Banks on the Sterkspruit - available

  • Rainbows in time lapse from Yet More Sweet Days

    Rainbows in time lapse from Yet More Sweet Days

  • Rainbow in hand from Yet More Sweet Days

    Rainbow in hand from Yet More Sweet Days

  • The upper Itchen on Stoke Mill from Yet More Sweet Days

    The upper Itchen on Stoke Mill from Yet More Sweet Days

  • The Bokspruit River from Yet More Sweet Days - available

    The Bokspruit River from Yet More Sweet Days - available

  • Study of a brown trout for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout

    Study of a brown trout for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout

  • Trout over pebbles for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

    Trout over pebbles for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

  • The rise for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

    The rise for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

  • Tentkop stream  3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

    Tentkop stream 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

  • Tentkop stream - avaialble

    Tentkop stream - avaialble

  • Taking mayflies for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

    Taking mayflies for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

  • A rise in sequence 3 sketches one page large - available

    A rise in sequence 3 sketches one page large - available

  • A rise in sequence 2

    A rise in sequence 2

  • A rise in sequence 1

    A rise in sequence 1

  • Trophy rainbow - available

    Trophy rainbow - available

  • River Test on Kimbridge

    River Test on Kimbridge

  • Sipping emergers for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

    Sipping emergers for the 3rd edition of Hunting Trout - available

Ceramic

  • Rising trout salad bowl - available

    Rising trout salad bowl - available

  • Signature reverse face

    Signature reverse face

  • Two trout over pebbles - available

    Two trout over pebbles - available

  • Signature reverse face

    Signature reverse face

  • New ceramic. Two brown trout over pebbles - available to purchase

    New ceramic. Two brown trout over pebbles - available to purchase

  • How all my pottery is signed

    How all my pottery is signed

  • Trout at the summit of the Bokspruit

    Trout at the summit of the Bokspruit

  • Coffee mugs

    Coffee mugs

  • Trout over stones - available

    Trout over stones - available

  • Trout over pebbles - available

    Trout over pebbles - available

  • Trout

    Trout

How to go about ordering my art

To order a sketch or painting please send an inquiry to me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call me at 082 8041352.

The price of my art depends on the medium (water colour, pen and ink, pastel, ceramic) and on the size of the artwork and will be discussed with you in transacting an order.

I do commissions selectively.

Framing can be arranged prior to delivery of the art.

I need to know your daytime physical address and your cell phone number. This is for the company I have contracted to deliver my art, The Courier Guy. It is an overnight express service and artworks are properly and securely packaged. I am responsible for any damage in transit and replace anything defective.

Payments should be made to:

Banking details: Account: Freestone Press, Standard Bank, Rondebosch Branch, code 025009, Account number 071483861

Tom Sutcliffe