When it's time to decorate the lake house or cottage, I prefer original hand-made fish art.
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These are fish tails.
Here is a fish TALE:
An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it.
The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”
The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?
The Mexican fisherman replied he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.
The American then asked “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos: I have a full and busy life, senor.”
The investment banker scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA, and I could help you. You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to the middleman you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You could control the product, processing and distribution.”
Then he added, “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City where you would run your growing enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”
“But what then?” asked the Mexican.
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions.”
“Millions, senor? Then what?”
To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
A page from a journal makes an interesting piece of art for the wall. One day while fishing for black fish in Newport Rhode Island I caught this little cunner. I then sketched the rig and bait I used. The Asian shore crab is easy to catch and makes a good bait. just tie a chicken back on a string and throw it overboard in shallow water. pull it up slowly and it will be covered with them.
A GYOTAKU can be made in full color. If the cottage needs a little bright spot perhaps a yellow perch will work. Lake people like fish rubbings because nature prints are so relaxing.
Now here is a LARGEMOUTH BASS GYOTAKU made in traditional black on RICE PAPER. I have added a stick as scructure. Often when I create one like this, I never really go back and make another. It is truly a one-of-a-kind. Fish art like this belongs in a rustic frame at a cottage escape or even in the office of a hard working fisherman! To order:
This lake-house GYOTAKU art features two smallmouth bass chasing after another one of my favorite lures, the rubber worm. Truthfully, I have had better luck using rubber worm for largemouths. Note that the top bass is smaller and a lighter value to give the feeling of depth for your cottage decor.
Sometimes simple one color GYOTAKU fish prints on a multi-colored cloth make interesting lake and cottage decor. Matte and frame fish art on cloth just like you would paper. wrinkles in the cloth can be ironed out. I do not suggest dry mounting. Here is a small group of yellow perch that seem to come to life as they swim by. More on this at