Just got back from a birding trip to Gulf Mexico. It was a fabulous birding trip with students! Lot's lot's of shorebirds, out of my head there were cute little least sandpipers, tons of dunlings, semipaml sandpipers, sanderlings, willet, oystercatchers... birds of the day would be a handsome swallowtail kite! All my good ol birding memories start to crawing back! Great to go out indeed!
Pen and Ink are so fun and quick... I decided to add more quick strokes of watercolor. They somehow merge together pretty well and created some unexpredictable results... just like a Jazz band... : ) I like it!
A friend of mine just sent this photo to me. It's lot's of snow in Japan this year. Amazing! I visit this lake in the early summmer 2007. And it was a big body of water full of trout! I guess now the trout are happily swim underneath the ice and never need to worry about dry fly, nymph fly, streamer...whatsoever... : ) Indeed, it is hard for Alabamian to imagine a frozen lake... : P
No, I don't dance... but I enjoy Degas's dancer and figure drawing a lot!It is amazing how he creat the certain atmosphere with pastel... He said he is not a impressionist, I agree... but he is the founder of the impression era... no doubt! all about the atmosphere! I was stunned with his work! He probably is the top 3 most influencial artists in my life... : ) well... probably not very important to know... because I am Not famous... yet! Ha... Flyfishing, Art and Music... all share the same essence... beauty and joy! To me. More information in the online resources http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dgsp/hd_dgsp.htm
I visited the museum d'Orsay in 2003. That was a fantastic trip in Paris... that was for a bird coloration meeting. Back then, I was just a newbie in the famous lab. So... following my master around and got some good treats is my trick! That is all what I did... For the art in the musee d'Orsay, it is hard to describe the feel just "one arm distance" from the famous paintings... van Gogh, Monet, Degas... are all my favorite impressionists... Be honest with you... I don't know much about the art... but who cares... I enjoy viewing it! a lot! The real paintings are just different from the prints... it's like the difference between live convert and studio. The color, the tonal shifting... ,and most important, the people in the museum with you! Here is some old photos I just dug out...
I did "somehow" fish very intensely with Bryan...He is the most hard core FlyFisherman and ice core Ski Boarder I have ever seen! Check his blog to see what happened in his wading boots...http://utahcutthroat.blogspot.com/2008/03/product-review-korkers-streaborn.html
Usually, I am not a big fan of fancy/beautiful/ and "carefully decorated" fly rods. Everything can cast a fly well is equally good to me. However this "practical instinct" doesn't apply to my love of fiberglass fly rod. I was totally shocked when I saw Vlad's hand crafted rods. They are unique and beautiful, and most important, to me, I see RHYTHM and SMOOTH flow in them. Those elegant elements match the fiberglass rod perfectly. If you fish fiberglass rod, you will understand what I am saying about Rhythm and Elagant! : ) Here is some expample photos from Vlad's website. Enjoy! ...I will be collecting his rods soon :o)
Hey Friends, It is a great honor to yuhina that YUHINA ILLUSTRATION sneak in the well-known UNDERGROUND! I have been a seaker reader in THE TROUT UNDERGROUND society for a long time. I really LOVE Tom's writings, fun and in-depth. It is such a great honor to me that he point out my artworks. I smile the whole weekend! : ) (I know I smile all the time, but this is a big smile :O)
BTW, YUHINA ILLUSTRATION was in the MOLDY CHUM last month. It was a BIG smile too. I really appreciate people's kind words about my paintings! I have to say it really make me feel good that people understand what I am doing, painting, photogrphy, and most important... the research. (BOOYA!)
I was inspired by one of my favorite artist - Edgar Degas. I saw his work in the Odyssey Museum in Paris, I was totally shocked by his work! He use a lot of Pastel in his later work to draw body figures. I thought it might be good to try out some new technique in my fish drawing... it turns out OK...lot's of messy powder : P
This is a matching post to sing the same tune with those nice circles :) WE ALL LOVE CIRCLES! Noted: the LS3 and LS4 have different coat... which I like the old LS3 (smaller one in the photo) version better...
I am doing a bird feeder research with my advisor...basically you just sit in front of the feeders and watch for bird's feeding behavior for 2 hours... I have plenty of time...day dreaming and... illustrating...this is a happy afternoon's work... charcoal tarpon...
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark