Lineage & Legacy

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Tamara Andersen - The Hunt | 1997 | Mixed media on paper

Tamara Andersen – The Hunt | 1997 | Mixed media on paper

This piece is entitled “The Hunt”, from 1997, by my aunt Tamera Andersen. This particular piece, and the body of work it belongs to that she created, is one of the most significant influences on the work I do today.  She had a show back in the late 90’s of this work..totally floored me.  It was at that just-right-time when I was figuring who I was as an artist.  It crystallized a lot for me.

She recently gifted myself, and my brother, our choice of one the works from this body of work.  I chose this one.  As my brother and I carefully pulled back amazing work after amazing work, along my mother (Tamera’s sister) in my mom’s studio this past weekend, it struck me like lighting. I knew this was the one I wanted.  My brother chose an equally deep, emotional charged and expertly rendered work.

Tamera has been an artist her entire life, as has my mother, and their other sister Penny.  My grandfather, their father, was an artist as well; painting just like the rest of us, and working as a commercial artist and illustrator in St. Paul at Brown & Bigelow.  My brother and I carry on that endeavor, and it’s something I hope my son finds in his life.

So, throwing back this Thursday, I’m giving a nod to my family, my lineage and something that had an indelible impact on what I do today.

Cheers to good art and it’s important place in our lives.

Horns High and Tight Lines amigos.

The Story Remains the Same

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4th of July has passed…the Age of Bronze has begun once again.

New Works

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Grand Rapids X | 2014 | 6" x 10" | Pen on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Grand-Rapids-X#1=45

Grand Rapids X | 2014 | 6″ x 10″ | Pen on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Grand-Rapids-X#1=45

I was away, drinking homebrews from around the country, talking to some Swedish dude about how to manage homebrewing organizations…drawing in the margins, finding a new love for the music of All Them Witches, and drinking more beers again and again and again from Founders.

Me & The MZA drankin'

Me & The MZA drankin’

Got back to All Them Works…cheers amigos.

Chime at Midnight | 2014 | 11″ x 6″ | Mixed media on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Chimes-at-Midnight_Print#1=45

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High Road | 2014 | 11″ x 8″ | Mixed media on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/High-Road-7A9_Print#1=45

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Bomber #2 | 2014 | 6″ x 6″ | Mixed media on wood block | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Bomber-2_Print#1=45

Get to work!

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Getting to work on a boat load of new work while the rivers are blown out. Again.  I hope ya’ll are staying active amigos.  Horns High and Tight Lines.

The to-do list…

Keep movin’

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Fishing with the boy - he fought this bowfin like a champ.

Fishing with the boy – he fought this bowfin like a champ.

Well amigos, it’s been hard to put time towards the ol’ art, fishing and brewing lately.  Tons of work travel, more work, house stuff, family stuff and a general tripping & fumbling into Spring.

Has it always been this way?   Probably.

Spring has become my favorite time of the year (minus the garage and basement occasionally taking on water).  Forever it was Fall – the time when the temps cooled, decoys were placed pre-dawn, and the Summer’s practice at the archery range was put to test.

Once I hung up the guns, arrows, 1300000000 decoys, and started focusing on fly fishing, the Fall slowly become #2.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the colors, the smells, and still scan the skies for migrating canvasbacks during Autumn.  You may also catch me on the Bois Brule submitting myself to a steelhead beatdown.  But, as someone once said, “there is a season…etc etc, blah blah blah”.

Out of the Winter funk and into the Spring activity; art benefits from cold and miserable outdoor conditions, but the underlying inspirations, motivations and mojo are scant to come by. Spring is when new stories are created, new inspirations is found, and renewal of the mojo is manifested.

I hope ya’ll are fishing more than you should….brewing your lawnmower beers…and finding some inspiration with the rain, blooming, and rising temps. Keep it movin’.

Tight lines, horns high, and enjoy that beer.

Jake