Fishing lures have always captivated me. Beyond just their layers of thick paint and shiny varnish, there is something magical about them.
Beyond just their layers of thick paint and shiny varnish, there is something magical about them. That you can toss them into a body of water and (with some patience) reel in a live creature is one of those simple things in life that makes me happy.
It's a little bit like the feeling I get from planting a seed in my garden and eventually having something I can actually eat. Or converting a blank canvas into something that someone might hang on their wall. That's my own practical magic!
I don't know why I haven't attempted this before but I'm beginning a new series of fishing-lure paintings from items in my own tackle box. I have blogged about the similarities between painting and fishing so it seems like a natural fit. If I like the way these are going I may eventually begin buying vintage plugs and painting them as well. I think it might make for a great gift for that fisherman in your family to combine the painting with the actual vintage lure. I may play around with the idea of framing them together...we'll see.
Each painting will be an 8x8-inch oil on panel and painted in still-life format in my studio.
This first painting features a Heddon Lucky 13 top-water lure that I managed to use with a lot of success (catch and release only). It's simplicity and beauty is something that is hard for a black bass to resist. Tried and true for many generations.