The American Folk Art of Will Kirkpatrick, Jr.
It was a bright, sunny September morning; the water level in the river
was perfect; salmon were rolling throughout the pool -- there were even
a few rolls in the vicinity of the bend, some 75 yards downstream. One
sport's fly rod and vest had already been placed in the canoe and the guide
stood by, waiting for the second man. Kirkpatrick, however, had other plans:
today the river would be replaced by a canvas, his vest by a pallet, and his
fly rod by a fine-tipped artist's brush. His fishing the waters of Burnt Hill
on the upper Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada, would have
to wait until he finished his painting.
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