Fishing in the Creek

The sun peeked through the canopy of leaves as we lined the creek hidden in the woods. Within minutes, Rick caught a fish. It danced and flapped on the line, and as he held it up the sun made its scales sparkle.

I often find myself worried that I don’t spend enough of my free time dedicated to painting, but as I admired the contrasting beauty and ugliness of the fish, I realized I was wrong. l simply need to tap into my leisure time as inspiration for the studio.

Winslow Homer, a 19th century American painter, provides great historical context of this topic. He is known for his seascapes, but scrolling through his work I also found several paintings depicting fishing. Though he may not have as much name recognition as Picasso, his subjects are relatable to Americans today.

I think a large part of Homer’s success is due to the fact that he simply painted what he and the people around him loved; seascapes and an American experience. He didn’t need to manufacture a reason to love his work because the answer was in his subjects.

The fish bickered back and forth on the stringer, splashing around and adding a new layer to the sounds of the woods. I began to see more than just green in the leaves, and the creek carried my eye far into the distance, begging for the scene to be translated in paint.

When I got the chance to cast a line I wrongly thought I would at least get a bite. I may have proved that I am no great fisherman, but I caught something else from the creek. Luckily for me, bringing home inspiration smells better than fish.

An Unexpected Catch, Winslow Homer
An Unexpected Catch, Winslow Homer
Leaping Trout, Winslow Homer
Leaping Trout, Winslow Homer
The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer
The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer
The Herring Net, Winslow Homer
The Herring Net, Winslow Homer
Me Fishing
Me Fishing

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