Fishing

Behind "The Million Dollar Tarpon" Painting

Behind "The Million Dollar Tarpon" Painting

The inspiration behind the original ink on watercolor painting title "The Million Dollar Tarpon" is multi fold. 

First, my first love of fly fishing. Later my love of attempting to catch Tarpon on the fly. It is the perfect metaphor- Art is beautiful and elegant in its own way of reflecting an artist’s view of the world, and selling a piece of work for such a price is like catching the big tarpon on the fly. I couldn’t think of a better model for the first Million Dollar painting than the tarpon. It is the ultimate game fish and such...


Why I’m Happier Using a Flip Phone as a Sporting Artist

Why I’m Happier Using a Flip Phone as a Sporting Artist

Using a flip phone in 2020 might sound extremely unconventional or even completely absurd. To be honest there were several reasons and several months of thinking about taking the plunge, and I honestly didn’t see many draw backs. I’ve been using this flip phone for the last 4 months and still want to keep using it. Here are two lists, one against smart phones and one for dumb phones.

 

 

Here are some things that smart phones do:

  • They make you lazy.
    • You don’t even have to think...


2019 Recap as a Fulltime Artist

2019 Recap as a Fulltime Artist

2019 was a tremendous year- actually my best income year as a full time fish artist. I will try to go over just where my sales came from- at least some good examples of what worked for me, and at the end I will go over my plan to really boost my income in 2020. 

So a percentage break down of my income in 2019 might surprise you, and here it is:

  • 43% = Apparel design
  • 33% = Pet portraits
  • 12% = Online Store
  • 9%   = Original Art
  • 3%   = Original Art Hats

To break these...


Here's what you need to know about Christmas commissions 2018

Here's what you need to know about Christmas commissions 2018

Every year I get really busy with Christmas commissions starting in October. I do urge people to get their commissions in as soon as possible for several reasons.

  1. It's the best way to know you'll have yours finished by December 15th, the last day that I like to mail out Christmas commissions.
  2. It helps me plan and schedule, especially with traveling that I am expecting to do in November.
  3. And also to prevent any last second and stressful commissions that always get squeezed in the last second. This year I will charge a rush fee for late commissions, after December...


Behind how and why Jay Talbot became an artist

Behind how and why Jay Talbot became an artist

If you ever wanted to become a full time artist, this may an interesting article to read.

I am in the beginning of my 3rd year as a full time artist, and it's been more than a full time commitment. I'll give the story how it all happened- including my first art sale, my first style, the ups and the downs, and key motivators along the way.

It started in the fall of 2013, I was trying to come up with extra money on the side during my last semester of college that was coming up. I thought to myself...