Mimbres Pottery

Welcome back! If you follow along, I apologize for the hiatus in content as of late. We took a week off last September and made a trip to bum around northern New Mexico, and while there, I came across a book on Mimbres Pottery. I’ve been struck by the simplicity and beauty of their designs ever since. As a challenge to myself and as a way to step out of the “Fly Fishing” only art. I’ve decided to commit myself to create 12 pieces inspired by this new found style. The combination of learning the history of these people, the natural aesthetics of the region, and using the latest technology to reimagine their work has given me much pleasure in last few months. These are the first 4 of what will be the 12 piece commitment. Enjoy.


A digital piece I came across this week. I started this months ago and had kind of forgotten about it; found it on a thumb drive I dug out of my back pack. I am going to finish it up this week and have prints ready for Troutfest.


This is one of the eagles in the drawing above. It takes the manipulation of every one of those curves in the background to make just one of the birds; just imagine what it takes to create the full image…It’s a bit overwhelming when you think about it!


Never be afraid to put yourself out there! Get Out In It…


This weeks fly art entry:

Purchased this fly at Living Waters Fly Shop a couple of weeks ago with the sole purpose of digitally painting it. This weekend marks the 4 Year Anniversary of our little, local shop! If you live in Central Texas, you should stop by for all the festivities this Saturday and shake hands with Chris, Matt and the crew. Just don’t eat all the BBQ before I get there!

The fly itself is an Umpqua, Millers Mighty Minnow in tan. I’ve yet to dunk it, but it will be drowned soon enough… Technically billed as an all-purpose salt-water fly, I have a feeling, that a largemouth bass or 2 might consider it acceptable for dinner fare as well.

The fly portion of the painting was completed entirely on the iPad using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and the background and watermark was some GIMP handy work. I’ve struggled with the background for all the digital fly drawings I’ve done so far. This time around, I discovered that if you export the painting from Sketchbook, to your Dropbox account, you can save it as a layered, .psd file that allows for better manipulation in your image editing software. Thus, greatly expanding your background options.

Never be afraid to put yourself out there! Get Out In It…