My husband always said he didn't like to fish but that meant that whenever we'd travel all he wanted to do was ride around and explore new areas. That's fine but it also never gave me any time to paint. So, as he prepared for a three month sabbatical leave, I presented him and my youngest son with complete fly fishing outfits - rods, reels, waders, special shoes, flies etc. It was taking a chance but I was desperate. I wanted to explore but I also wanted time to just sit and draw or paint. It worked!! Bob fell in love with fly fishing and I get to do more painting. I came upon this young guy one day and knew I had to paint him.
I realized that I wanted to capture for the feeling rather than the specifics of the scene so put him back on my easel. This is the result. What do you think? Before or after?