If you want to see some Carp footage win its due with all the Tarpon, Trout and other highly targeted species, get over to The Drake Magazine page and VOTE for “Carpaholic”. Barry Renyold’s “Carpaholic” is up for People’s Choice Award in the 6th Annual Drake Flyfishing Video Awards
There’s plenty enough time to sleep when you’re dead. – Unknown
It’s been three months since our family vacation (and fly fishing trip) to Andros Island, Bahamas, and I’m feeling the need to preserve a few memories in paint. So, my latest painting project is a bonefish I caught on one of my guided days on Andros.
On one particular day, my guide (Frankie Neymour) had a few laughs watching me desperately trying to photograph several bonefish underwater and simultaneously attempting to land the damn things. Rod high in the air with one hand and my camera in the other, I would hang off the boat and try to snap a few underwater pics just hoping one of them would turn out. I photographed many fish (or parts of fish) that week, but I choose the following two as a starting point for my painting.
We’ll see how it goes. Over the course of this project, I’ll update this post with a few photos along the way.
Now, with a little more paint…
Update: Oct 11 – Sometimes things just don’t turn out like you envisioned.
After tinkering around with this painting for a few weeks in my spare time, I finally fucked it up. Oh well, I’ll just chalk it up to practice. Underwater paintings are hard as hell to do…at least for me.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. – T.E. Lawrence
For some reason, I feel compelled to start blogging again. It’s been about three years since I’ve uttered more than a Facebook status update or a Tweet. Coincidentally, or not, three years ago I started graduate school, and I spent all of my free time thinking about project deadlines, mid-terms, finals, or the beer that would flow after those hideous events. Now that I’m free of graduate school, I’ll need something (other than a new job) to keep my brain from getting squishy again. Maybe the blog will help?
There will (hopefully) be a few distinctions between this one and my last attempt at blogging. For starters, I’ll try to actually write original posts and not just rehash garbage I found on the Internet – while I was supposed to be working. Rest assured, I’ll be writing my own “original” garbage instead. Second, while I’m a tech geek, I’ll refrain from boring anyone with a worthless story on the latest techie start-up or gotta-have gadget. Lastly, I’ll stick to a few select topics that I’m passionate about.
Here’s an idea of what to expect:
Running – Like many things in my life, it’s a topic that I’m obsessed with at times. It’s also something that I never get tired of talking about. So, be prepared.
Fly Fishing – Ever since my grandfather put a fishing rod in my hand, I’ve been smitten by fishing. Some twenty years ago I was introduced to fly fishing, and I’ve never turned back. I pursue all types of fish from saltwater to backwater, and I have a particular fondness for carp on the fly.
Climbing – I don’t do much of it now, but I still love to tie into the sharp end of a rope from time to time. I’ve had the opportunity to climb in many parts of the world, and I’ve made a lot of great friends along the way. I’m sure I’ll dig up a few stories from the “good old days.”
Skiing – From 70+ ski days when Anne and I used to live in the Vail Valley to the magic carpet with my three-year old, I loves the snow.
Hunting – I’ve never embraced the idea of trophy hunting, but I’ve grown up hunting all my life mainly for food. I’ve recently discovered pheasant and elk hunting. I’ll probably wax on about cool crisp mornings in the field and the love of a good bird dog.
Bucket List – Everyone has one or, at least, they should. I’ve always had a “bucket list” of things that I wanted to do before I die. As a have the opportunity to complete an item on the list, I usually add two more. Luckily, Anne has been the perfect companion through many of those adventures. I plan to dig up the original list (and subsequent revisions) and chronicle my adventures past. I better do it now before I forget the details in my old age. Hopefully, it will inspire others to get out and live life to the fullest.
Western Contemporary and Sporting Art – I’ve recently found that I love to paint and draw. Who knew that it was hiding deep down all these years. I’m not really that good (yet), and I’ve never had any formal training. So, we’ll see where this takes me over the next few years.
Adventures with Kids – For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a dad – yeah, it was on my “bucket list.” Now, I have two beautiful daughters, and I want to teach them everything I can and watch them grew to be strong, independent women. I’ll probably post quite often on our family adventures.
…and a few other topics that I can’t pigeonhole into a nice category.
I hope you’ll join me.