July 20, 2021

Pastel and Acrylic Paintings

Michael J. Kelley, MD, FACR

I have fished in my early and later years, and these first two pastel paintings that I created in 2003 and 2003 represent both a young man as he anticipates a day on the water fishing and an older gent trying to tie a dry fly onto his fishing rig with two strikes against him: 1) It is very cold and 2) It is very dark. I have experienced each of these situations!

I love using pastels because they offer multiple color choices. The effects of this medium can provide a "softer" look that captures the outdoors (e.g., fog in the painting of the young man as well as nighttime and snow in the older man's scene).

The third painting is an acrylic I finished in 2020. We were sitting in our duck blind on an early foggy morning. That's Sam, my best 4-legged friend, looking expectantly at the sky. I call this painting, "Waiting".

Fly Fishing at Night, Montana

Foggy Morning