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Dear <<First Name>>

My wife, Rena, and I have been truly blessed by the new addition to our family! On the 28th January, Rena gave birth to our beautiful twin girls, Lily Grace and Anna Rose!

They are our first children (and probably our last), and you can well imagine that the last 6 weeks have been pretty upside down in our once quiet abode. I am however pleased to report that they are doing very well, and despite a lot of the hard work (and sleepless nights), have brought Rena and myself a lot of joy!
Anna Rose & Lily Grace learning the basics of fly fishing
 

March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament

Over the last couple of years, I have been fortunate to be the supplier of the first prize sculptures for this prestigious fly fishing event held in the Florida Keyes, USA. The event, run by Dave Horne, is one of the top Permit-on-fly tournaments in the world.

This years sculptures are bronze castings, with a nickel plated finish, instead of conventional patina coloring. This finish very closely resembles the real color of these magnificent species. They have a mirror-like skin color that reflects their surroundings off their bodies, and makes them virtually invisible to spot.

Good luck to this years participants!

Take a look at www.marchmerkin.com for more information.


Studio

At the moment I am in the process of finishing the modeling of a sculpture of a brown trout. To most fly fisherman, this has always been an iconic fish and one of the most special freshwater species around. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they were partly responsible for the birth of modern day fly fishing
 


Birds

I started dabbling in creating bronzes of birds a couple of years ago. Having these beautiful creatures hopping around our garden, going about their business, and not taking advantage of having these little ‘live models’ would be such a waste. In a strange way it has been quite liberating and a lot of fun to create these pieces.
 
Here are a couple of examples..
 

Karoo Prinia

Bronze
Size: 26 x 14 x 9cm

Cape Robin

Bronze
Size: 14 x 12 x 15cm 


Painting


I've been dappling around with oil paint again, and having a lot of fun. My latest painting is of a tarpon – one of my favourite game fish. (unfinished)
That's it for now. 

Till next time.
 
Chris Bladen
 
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