Shortly after I moved to Indiana ten years ago, my friend Joe taught me how to fish for smallmouths in the rivers. We’d just wear our swimming suits, a tee shirt, tennis shoes, sunglasses, and a ball cap. We would wade down the stream and cast our lines to the sides near tree roots. Soon we’d have a hit and the water would splash as we reeled in a nice smalley.
I’ve always enjoyed water and have loved painting the rivers here. This painting is of Sugar Creek in central Indiana. It shows what it looks like in the early evening. The trees in the distance have sunlight on them, so I painted warm colors – light green, orange, brown. The closer ones are in the shadows, so they have been done in bluish tones. The colors of the sky and sunlit trees are reflected in the water. If there was sound you’d hear the cicadas singing in the trees and my feet splashing in the water. This is one of the things I love about living here.