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The weather was iffy today, so no carpentry in the driveway. Instead, I used my unexpected studio day to mess with that sad loser of a picture I showed you on Thursday. Whether it succeeds or fails remains in doubt, but at the very least, I’m learning all kinds of things about collaging and at the same time creating surprising, actual textures. The surface of this picture is beginning to look a lot like an oil painting – and it’s done in India ink! Maybe kind of cool?


PLEASE click it to take a good look – you’ll see what I mean.


I wonder if I am edging towards becoming a black & white Impressionist?


More next week –


Your Buddy Bill


PS: This is where I’ve left it for the evening –


Logan 9-30-2017


And just for comparison’s sake, here is what it looked like when I started this morning –


Logan 9-28-17 2



Logan 9-28-17 1


Good Evening All –


Why stay tucked away in a fjord? I felt like trying to paint a rough North Atlantic sea, and these two pictures are the result!


My thought was to do a view with a very high horizon line, and then maybe the glimpse of a headland peeking up, waaaaaay off in the distance. Then I nailed the picture above, and was (for once) smart enough not to keep messing with it. To me it looks like roiling, wind-tossed breakers. So maybe I’m still on shore.


Yet I wanted to try my original idea too. So I started the picture below. Hmmm, don’t think I like it. Should it be scrapped? Probably, but I’ll let it rest for a few days before definitely deciding.


Meanwhile, I’m going to finish my carpentry chores, so I doubt there’ll be posts over the weekend. Watch for new ones next week though!


Your Buddy Bill


Logan 9-28-17 2





For a change of pace, here are some life-sized, super realistic aquatic nymphs I made some years ago – all done with methods borrowed or adapted from those used to tie fishing flies!


If you wish to see and read more about them, click here!






Norwegian Cottage Garden – Blooms #2

India ink and surface alteration on paper. 16″ x 20″



This is another one I began in Norway last August, and finished only a week ago.  When I started back in on it, I doubted it had a chance. In fact this picture was a mess, but do you know what? Sometimes my very best moves come when there’s nothing to lose. And I’m always surprised by how close the tipping point is between a picture failing and succeeding. It often comes down to no more than a few brush strokes or just a bit of fussing.


I’m trying very hard these days to always sling ink as if there’s nothing to lose. It ought to be easy, but nope, it’s not!


Here’s hi-res image + a detail view:






Don’t trust that look! • • Cat #406

India ink and surface alteration on paper – 2016. 10.5″ x 14″


===============I’ll draw 1,000 cats/431 done===============


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Fly Tyer Spring


Hey ya –


I have a brand new article out about fending off insect pests (as in the little menaces that eat fishing flies and what they’re made of).


Fly Tyer Magazine is the only one of its kind, so it created and has kept its niche. That said, I think it’s the best fly fishing related publication going. It’s well produced, informative and down to business, yet has it’s fair share of fun too. I enjoy working with the Editor, Dave Klausmeyer, who’s always enthusiastic. I’ve lost track of how many articles I’ve written, photographed and illustrated for him over the years. Recently, I’ve begun doing an occasional column as well.


If you want to learn more about Fly Tyer, you can visit their website:


I’m dreaming of spring and trout fishing tonight!


Your Buddy Bill



PS: For a better look, click READ FULL ARTICLE in the grey bar below!



Hey there –


I have a new article out on fly tying tricks (as in better ways to make better flies to hoodwink innocent trout)!


Fly Tyer Magazine is the only one of its kind, so it has claimed a niche. That said, I think it’s the best fly fishing related publication going. Beautifully produced, it’s always informative and strictly no nonsense. The Editor, Dave Klausmeyer, is a straight forward guy – enthusiastic and unashamedly opinionated. In short, he’s a gas to work for (and chat with). Over the years, I’ve written, photographed (and even occasionally illustrated) many articles for this magazine, and am happy that I’ve recently begun doing a few columns for them as well.


If you want to learn more about Fly Tyer, you can visit their website:


Okay, enough about bug making – now I gotta get back to ink slinging. Hopefully I’ll post about that tomorrow night!


Your Buddy Bill



PS: For a better look, click READ FULL ARTICLE in the grey bar below!