new work: rory fly

Mar 13, 2012

rory fly sketches

rory fly final

My most recent commission was of a Rory fly. The Rory pattern is used for fishing Atlantic salmon in Ireland. There are slight variations between each Rory fly, depending on the preferences of the individual fly tyer. This painting, completed in watercolor and gouache, was part of the live auction at the Northwest Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo in Albany, Oregon on March 9th & 10th. I created six small color sketches for review by the client (upper images) before beginning the final painting (lower image). I really enjoyed my first foray into fly patterns. Let's be honest - what artist wouldn't jump at a chance to paint these colors?



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