The Moonlit Hex T-Shirts Have Arrived

I've been at the art game for a while now, mainly creating for individuals via commissioned work, small companies per request, and through tangential wanderings of my own mind.  All the while becoming more immersed in the fly fishing community, as this is the meat of my artistic toil. When showing art I'm often told that my work and style could be transferrable to products, and that it might be worth looking into.  Well, here it goes.  In recent vintage I took to creating a pair hunting hat designs that went over fairly well.  I learned that there is a lot of work and upfront expense involved in this product creation, though, it has not deterred me from the process.  I want my art to be shared and appreciated in many fashions, and to keep it affordable when possible.  It has been a long time coming and finally a shirt design will be available to all, but especially my main audience, the fly fishers. This is the first design under my own name and brand, so I'm looking to the consumer to give me feedback and reason to create more wearable, functional art.  The end goal is a full product line, but need to see how the first steps go before making that investment of money and time away from the canvas.  I hope you enjoy the Moonlit Hex Tee and thank you for the continued support. Head to the Print Shop to purchase

Moonlit Hex:

If you've ever hit it right on a balmy summers eve in the midwest, or other select parts of the country, then you know. You know that the big mayflies start there dance as the last light fades, and the big brown trout aren't far behind. The clouds of bugs form and the chubby, golden fish slurp and slap into the night. For the fisher person, nature's night light aids as casts are flung to splashes and boots get stuck in silty river edges.  Hopefully the Moonlit Hex Tee will bring you back to those adventures had after dark. 

 

Shirts are made using direct to garment printing and are Fruit of the Loom 100% High Density Cotton. Sizes Small-5X.

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New Additions

I wanted to share these two pieces thatI have just added to the shop section of this site. There just may be a discount if you contact me directly or through social media.  instagram @joshdesmitart & facebook.com/joshdesmitart1

 

The first is a winter stone that i like to fly and it doubles as different bugs as the spring comes on.

Winter Stone

Winter Stone

 

The next represents the flavor of Great Lakes steelheading, namely Superior.  Chunky stones, scrambled eggs, and awesome looking fish.

GLSTLHD

GLSTLHD

Recent and Semi-Recent Work

Hey all, just wanted to share some things that I've completed recently...or even semi-recently.  Some are commissioned works, some are for my own mental necessity.  Please, get in contact for your own commissioned work.  I can make anything you'd like come to fruition in my style, and that includes non-fish work.  Also, I am capable of doing prints in many sizes on paper and canvas, and more.  Feel free to drop a request. Thanks!

Hipster Carper

Hipster Carper

Brookie Commission

Brookie Commission

Northwoods Comission

Northwoods Comission

Raining Bow Commission

Raining Bow Commission

The Big Pink

The Big Pink

Mickie Commission

Mickie Commission

The Green Drakes

The Green Drakes

Over the summer I had the pleasure of taking a very special trip to the area where Idaho meets Wyoming meets Montana. We fished and filmed, and as the mornings waned and the clouds rolled in, the drakes began to pop. The hatches never lasted long, but they brought up the biggest fish from the small mountain streams. It was amazing to fish to 12-20" cutthroat that we could see nosing out of the water.

The Green Drakes, 11 1/4"x 17 1/4", Spray Paint, Acrylic, Paint Pen, Wrapping Paper, on black board, 2015

The Green Drakes, 11 1/4"x 17 1/4", Spray Paint, Acrylic, Paint Pen, Wrapping Paper, on black board, 2015

This piece aims to capture the beginnings of the hatch. After a good, long hike up the mountain under crisp morning skies, we had left any trace of the crowds. Around 11 am, when the water had warmed, cloud banks would begin to saunter into the canyons. As soon as those clouds would block the sun the green drake mayflies would begin to emerge from the bottom of the stream. It didn't take long for the fish to churn. In the image you can see the breaking blue skies and the ensuing cloud cover. Light beams filter through, here and there, alluding to the idea that the water has been heated throughout the morning. The water is a boiling red, and thick black arrows guide the flies upward. It's a long dark path for a hatching mayfly. 

A hatch in the mountains is like rush hour for flies, fish, and fisherman alike.  I chose this imagery to be bold and chaotic as during a hatch the visual stimulation heavily increases for the fisherman/viewer. The flies rely on water temps and preferable conditions and make a break for the surface en masse. The fish key in on easy prey and jockey for feeding position, exploding about the surface to consume bugs. The fisherman finds himself in a euphoric, yet stressful state. Picking out a fish to cast to, the right fly, and then another fly, and then one that might work; good casts, bad casts, tough casts to the donkey behind the log. The whole ordeal is a cauldron of energy that cannot be portrayed lightly. My imagery is heavy on the eyes, laden with color, and expresses the nervous energy of the river's traffic jam.

I set out to make this piece during quite a funk in my creative process. I was feeling very uninspired to start works, and I was feeling as though I had become stale from catering too much to what I thought the public might like to see. This piece was an attempt to expel the demons, and it did just that.  Maybe I had been lazy, caught up in hunting season, or maybe it was the blue-hair filled craft fair I set up at to make quick cash that had me down. I explored past mental space, called on experiences in fishing and art processes I had been putting off, and went for it making happy mistakes and fighting through it. Not all art will be easy to make and my best work usually comes through amendment.  Expression of  time well spent mixed with that feeling in your stomach when you can't find your keys formed the basis of this piece and a good start to a few other projects I had been lax on.

Stuart Davis, Hot Still-Scape for 6 Colors.

Friend, and fellow artist, John Piacquadio (@twincitiesurbanfly) turned me onto American modernist painter, Stuart Davis. After viewing many of his works on the Google, his influence definitely crept into this piece in color and fragmentation of shapes and imagery.  John is moving to Mexico with his wife, Karen for the winter months. We will miss him at tying nights, and I hope he continues to send rad artists my way to help shake off the dust.

 

Happy 20 Fifteen

I am so very excited for the coming year.  I've got a brand new wife, and very soon I am taking a plunge by stepping away from the grind of the day job to begin creating extensively.  With my new work I will embark on a tour spanning the mountainous, western half of the U.S. hocking my wares.  Hopefully, I will get to fish with some of you on that grand adventure.  For now, I am honored to be featured in the latest issues of both American Angler and H2O Fly Fishing Magazine(Italy)! A big thanks to those publications, be sure to check them out. Trying to keep pace, I am moving forward with lots of commissioned work and slowly piecing together other originals to share with the masses. Stay tuned for a pile of new stuff in the coming months...I think you folks will dig it.  

As the cold keeps creepin' try to stay warm with these beauties.  New warm water prints available in the shop.


Irons In The Fire


raining bow

raining bow

Its all about works in progress this week, as the start of a productive phase kicks in. I was lucky enough to join a couple of sweet dudes in Memphis for a four day collab session a few weeks back, and it was great.  They are launching a couple of super secret clothing lines that are sure to make some waves.  These undisclosed  gentlemen flew me down, cooked for me, took me fishing on the Little Red, and all I had to do was use the creative side of my brain and come up with fancy doodles.  We had a blast!  If you get the chance, go down to Arkansas and fish the Little Red River and stay at Fat Possum Hollow.   Maurice will take care of you, and the cabins are lights out.  Anyhow,  we got to creating some sweet stuff and upon my return home I have felt the urge to pump out art. Couple that with a trip to the Minnesota Institute of Arts/Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and we've got a recipe for some trout on acid. Some of this is commission work, but some will be open season once completed.  


Influences of the Week: 

I have always been captivated my modern art, especially impressionism and expressionism.  I was taken by the work of early 1900s artist, Ersnt Ludwig Kirchner, while visiting the MIA. His use of intense and unusual color is moving, while fat black lines speak to the heaviness of his world. The way Kirchner portrays society as dark, ominous, monstrous, and rigidly paced speaks of a time of change. I aim for this uneasiness in my work. Quick assertive line and vibrant color are aids to the vision of a public amassed in overstimulation . This quickly changing reality is seen both in the early 20th and 21st centuries.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Musically I have been jammin' on Classixx. This duo reminds of the time when the 80s met House music...during a game of laser tag. I'll admit it's not for everyone, but if you've got some art to finish it seems a good remedy.

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All in all, it feels good to be busy with something you love doing. Even if it's after work and on weekends.  Here are some pics of what has been going on in the laboratory.

 

First off we have some lovely fish heads!  These are heading to Ed Anderson's gallery, Fulton Street Showroom, in Boise Idaho.

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Next up is a three piece series highlighting conservation.  I will write a full post describing the meanings of these once they are all completed.  In the meantime here are the two that have been completed.  Enjoy!

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Drake Mag

I have been blessed. One of fly fishing's most respected publications, The Drake, has included my work in its latest issue.  Big thanks to Josh Prestin for a wonderful article that nutshells some of my personality, and sheds light on a bit of what my art represents.  You can read all about it on pg. 96 in the "Rod Holders" section. Shout to my fiancé, Kelley Duffey (@kelleyduffey) for her photos making the cut, as well.

 

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I create because I love to, and because it's the best way I know how to tell my stories.  Though most of my work reflects the way I remember a specific moment or feeling, I hope that my imagery resonates through the memories of other people.

The fact that folks are buzzing about what I'm putting on paper is truly an inspiration. Since the release of The Drake I have witnessed a flurry of social media likes and some orders to boot. I want to thank all who have given support over the last month, and especially thank those people who have helped me the whole way through. I have a long way to go, even to make this a full time job, but thanks to some press and a lot of great people I'm taking steps to get there. Stay with me on this journey as I grow as an artist, and as a human.

I have been working hard to create new content. Follow me on Instagram @joshdesmitart, and my Josh DeSmit Art Facebook page, for images of my latest work. 

 "blue collar" 11"x17", spray paint, paint pen

 "blue collar"

11"x17", spray paint, paint pen

Thanks! 

Josh

Promo Redo

So my web site has launched, but I feel that in some of the excitement the print promo was executed in lackluster fashion. I'm going to try this again.  I will continue on with the four "Cosmics" archival print pack , but will lower the price to $40 for all 4! 

Cosmic Trout archival 4 pack.  

Cosmic Trout archival 4 pack.

 

To help fool trout one must have flies...so I will be running an archival 4 pack of my Hot Spot fly series for $40 as well.  Get them now as I will pull these promos by the end of January!

 

Hot Spot archival 4 pack. 

Hot Spot archival 4 pack. 

This Is A Blingnobyl.

New Fly Piece

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Hi all, I hope your Christmas and other holidays were wonderful, and nobody got injured whilst shopping.

I recently finished this little beauty. It's called:

"This Is A Blingnobyl"

24"x36" , spray paint & paint pen on canvas, 2013

 ...Fabulous title aside this piece was inspired by the minds at flyfishfood.com.  They knock out some pretty sweet flies, and utilize a lot of the contemporary materials that are making chuckable bugs better.  The goal of this piece is to elude to recent innovations in fly tying, as well as the twisted brains that are coming up with shiny, pink nuclear ants.  

The viewer should gain a sense of the cerebral side of fly tying when looking into this piece.  The depths of the brain and flaring imaginations have created some rad stuff as of late, and most of it works beautifully.  Consider the science behind the articulation movement, or the durable nature of many synthetics.  Someone had to latch this stuff to a hook. Kudos to these tiers. 

Look for a few more of these fly pieces as my gears continue to grind.

 

Happy New Year!

Josh

 

 

 

 

Website Launch Promotions

After months of blood, sweat and tears coupled with patience from my pal Josh Brand, the new website is a go.  Thank you for checking it out!  This site is aimed at sharing my adventures in art from start to finish.  I will be frequently updating this blog with brand new works, process shots, and some sweet deals on my artwork.  Please, check back often and follow me on Instagram @joshdesmitart and on Facebook 

 

PRINT PROMOTION

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ORIGINALS PROMOTION 

10% off select originals

 

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