My Summer in art has been defined by laboring away at some new works, and thinking a lot about how art has ebbed and flowed in my life. It’s always been there, but I don’t think it’s ever felt as right as it does now. It has me excited about what art is to me, and where it’s going, in a way that I’ve never felt.

I’ve got some cool things cooking…it’s some bitchin’ stuff; that’s all I can divulge right now. At least 3 projects over the next year and a half or so that I’m super stoked on. The deadlines are keeping me on track.

For the last 3 years, I can feel a steady stream of ideas and work keeping me occupied, and happy. I have to give thanks to both Evan with Allen Fly Fishing and Nathan with Brainoil; without these dudes encouraging me to crank out work for their respective projects a few years back, I wouldn’t be on this path. I also need to give thanks to my family and close friends – without their support (which has been there since day one) I would never have the confidence to keep truckin’.

Rainbow in the Dark #2 | 2012 | 12" x 12" | Pen, ink and watercolor on paper

Rainbow in the Dark #2 | 2012 | 12″ x 12″ | Pen, ink and watercolor on paper

Further, I need to give thanks to everyone that has stumbled across my work online, or in person, and has given me a simple “thumbs’ up” if you will – those small bumps keep me motivated day after day.

 

 

I don’t sell my work much, I don’t show it much, and I’m not really concerned about that; I’m focused on making work. Knowing that some people are connecting to it is good enough for me.

Cheers,

Jake

Some things…

August 7, 2015 — 1 Comment

 

Hashtags – hate them. So dumb.

I need to blog more.

 

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So, months have gone by. I’ve been moving the family into the burbs, traveling and doing the grind for work, and generally living a pretty domesticated life citizens.  A dude’s gotta have priorities.  Fortunately, I’ve found time to keep plugging away at some new works, and here and there I’ve dragged the boy out to fish with grandpa; those were some great times.

I fished for some pike with MZA, and I even floated the Mississippi with Slint a couple weeks ago – the fishing generally sucked both times, but the company was great.

In the background, I’ve got some projects cooking.  I’m never idle amigos.  2016 is going to be a bitchin’ year…and 2015 still has something to offer.

To everyone out there – don’t let the work grind ya down, and keep the horns high.  Cheers.

 

 

Out The Other Day

April 22, 2015 — Leave a comment

If you take away a quick jaunt to the Keys with my son to visit the grandparents, the first day of fishing came some weeks ago. Maybe longer.  Can’t quit remember.  A lot of selling a house, buying a house, long work weeks, and so forth have defined the late Winter into Spring time-span.

This was, and is, perfectly acceptable and expected; plans had long been in the works concerning home selling/ownership and colossal work projects.  I knew what my Spring would look like.  Ebbs and flows amigos…right?

Still, a lack of fishing, and a lack of art making is never a good thing.  Sure, you can dull the edge a bit with some fishing videos, good beers, and the company of family.  But, at some point one needs to wade the river, stomp through muck in the lake..and then go drink a beer and maybe draw something.

We all have our hobbies, pursuits, interests and desires that feed the healthy side of our psyche.  If we don’t fulfill them, many times we become unbalanced, agitated, unproductive and to an extreme…pieces of shit.

Let us not be pieces of shit.

Let us find balance.

Things are alright

This Winter | 2015 | 14" x 11" | Pen and ink on wood panel

This Winter | 2015 | 14″ x 11″ | Pen and ink on wood panel

A couple fresh works are done and shipped off; they landed in Idaho just the other day.  Gonna be up in a legit show, with some legit fly fishing artists…more on that later.

Sketchy Brown | 2015 | 16" x 16" | Mixed media on wood panel

Sketchy Brown | 2015 | 16″ x 16″ | Mixed media on wood panel

For now, I’m waxing up a sweet new fishing cap from Coal Headwear courtesy of Bobby at my local fly shop, and I’m looking to schedule some bugger tying and Scotch sippin’ with my man MZA for the upcoming bugger-hatch.

Temps are up, the new jams from Torche are rippin’, and the season is upon us.

Horns high amigos.

Necromancer: John The Engager | 2015 | 10" x 7" | Pen and ink on wood | prints here: http://society6.com/product/necromancer-john-the-engager_print#1=45

Necromancer: John The Engager | 2015 | 10″ x 7″ | Pen and ink on wood | prints here: http://society6.com/product/necromancer-john-the-engager_print#1=45

For John.

F3T

February 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

Howdy folks.  I’ve been busy cranking out some new work and few other things in preparation for the FT3 stop in River Falls WI on March 6th.  I’ll be there showing my work along with Bob White, Josh Desmit, and John Alexander Piacquadio of The Twin Cities Urban Fly.

If you are in the MN/WI area, I’d love to see you there.