Friday, July 27, 2012

Caricature of Clara Hughes

ARTWORK COPYRIGHT Charles Weiss 2013
Caricature in MIXED MEDIA of Water colour and black ink of the spectacular Canadian  Atlhlete
Clara Hughes zooming along on her racing bicycle

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Different way of painting a muskie

These are some plan views of my painting design for my next muskie wood carving.
 It will be a departure from a realistic style of painting the fish.
I'll be painting a "sunset" of  the both sides fish. There will be a silouette shapes of  pine trees with a calm lake in the background reflecting ragged clouds and sunset colours of pink, purple yellow and orange.  The fish carving will  three dimensional in shape and measure  over 40 inches in length.

This project was inspired by "Muskies on Mainstreet" from the Kenora, Ontario based Lake of the Woods Artist Collective.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

12 new muskie paintings/2013 Classic Muskie Calendar

These are the 12 new colourful paintings featuring Muskie theme scenes for the my 2013 Classic Muskie Calendar.I've created these paintings featuring action filled dramatic moments.
Lures featured:  Muskie Train, Dick Lures, Danny Baits, Willey's Bucktails, Spanky's Baits, Greg Videki's Lures, Northland Lures combined with a First Mate Lures and Gerke's Jerkies

Price  $20. Canadian
Price  $25  United States of America

Please, note the 2013 edition is sold -out

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Big Wood Walleye

This is my new project . A wood carving of a big 29inch /72.5 cm long Walleye.
It's been quite a project including a miss-adventure with a hand held jig saw.
I take a large brush and paint a medium yellow wash.Then  wash is added with  HOOKER'S GREEN.
 I draw all the scales with a GREY pencil crayon
 Then I add details to the eye and fins and body with OCHRE YELLOW and RAW UMBER.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A tasty Rainbow in a pan

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy the tasty trout of near by Lake Ontario.

Recipe for Pan Fried Trout

Start warming up the frying pan on medium heat.
Add a couple of table spoons of vegetable oil
Chop up a small onion, add to oil warming in frying pan.
Sprinkle in a dash garlic flakes, a dash of salt and a dash of black pepper
Add a 2- 3 pound rainbow trout fillet
Let it sizzle in the pan for about 10 minutes then flip over with a spatula and fry for another 10 minutes
Take out of fry pan when it flakes easily with a fork and has turned to a creamy white colour.
Place on a plate with several chopped up freah basil leaves add a suirt of lemon juice.
Also, have a tartar sauce close by to add if desired.

A Tasty summer meal
I'd like to thank Captain Pete and First Mate Rick of the Orange Peel boat
from Scarborough Bluffers Marina for helping me catch these great Lake Ontario trout!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Salmon were biting and so were the Rainbow! 8 fish landed with three teasers who refused the hook.
Three different lures were effective!  9  foot long rods. A couple  of  depth control methods were used including "down riggers" and "dipsy divers".
A highlight was  when two fish were caught at the same time!!
Williams Spoon , blue and silver
Salmon Fly in green glow-in-the-dark hook dressing  with red beads clip-on (alewife) cut bait.
 They were caught as far back as 240 feet. at 70 to 80 feet in depths over 110 feet.
We were several miles off the Scarborough Bluffs in sight of the "Green Pussy" landmark.
The first salmon in this selection of photos is a 30 pounder caught the previous night bt First Mate Rick.
It was an amazing salmon! With a nasty set of teeth.
Biggest salmon was weighed at 23 pounds and a length 35 inches.
 Largest fighting rainbow (steelhead) was 25 inches One salmon had a scar on it's side from a lamprey eel
The highlight was a spectacular salmon Pete was fighting, It took out 600 feet of line. Then it crossed another line and finally after 15 minutes it showed it was tiring with a the lure hook stuck in the top of it's back!
What disappointment for Captain Pete. He first thought it was a giant salmon of over 30 pounds.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Smallmouth Bass on Rice Paper Print


This my new project "Fish Print". The Japanese call this Gyo taku.
I used a smallmouth bass of about 11 inches in length. Caught on a fly ifrom the Maitland River
near Goderich Ontario.
First the fish was washed with a solution of vinegar and  soapy water and dried off.
Second I posed the fish on some newspaper with styrofoan underneath. Then I pinned the fins in position.
Third I painted  the fish with a large brush a variety of acrylic paint colour.
Fourth, I placed apiece of rice paper on top of the fish and gently rubbed the paper, I used a spoon on the fins .
Fifth, I gently puled off the paper.
I let all the prints dry.
Sixth, I touched up with pencil crayon and acrylic paint the best looking print. The final design has the crisp outlines of the scales and fin rays.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canada Day special at Country Style served by COPS

This is the sight that I found at my favourite Country Style Coffee Shop on July first Canada Day at 8:30 in the morning. The local Division 41  Toronto Police were awarding speeding tickets on Warden Ave near Bertrand Street. This is a 60 km zone. The combination of cops and a coffee shop at a speed trap was too