“Being Good Gets You Stuff…

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Epic Mail Day

Epic Mail Day – a bit of wheelin’, some dealin’, and even some squealin’

…..Being stuff gets you good, Good stuff gets you being and wheelin’ and dealin’ and squealin’!!!!!
Shit lives forever! Cuz shit lives forever!!!!!!”  So sayeth Faith No More on their memorable track, Cuckoo for Caca.

I have followed this slogan for my entire adult life (the album/track dropped in 1995, the year I left high school).  I now reap the rewards of Patton’s sage advise.

Now in my late 30’s, I’ve worked with some wicked-ass people like Allen Fly Fishing, Flood Tide Co., Bob Mitchel’s Fly Shop, Atmosphere and RSE, Mike and Chip on Brewing TV and Chop & Brew, Dibbs, and host of others.

Art trade with Matt Greenwood - epic drawing with bonus jumpdrive full of Melbourne metal!

Art trade with Matt Greenwood – epic drawing with bonus jumpdrive full of Melbourne metal!

To top it off, through the internetz, I can now collaborate and share with like-minded cats like my homies Zane Porter over at Fly Fishing Ruins Lives, Matt Greenwood, Pigfarm, and many others.

Jayrockfish - Pigfarm - bitchin'

Jayrockfish – Pigfarm – bitchin’

All because I have striven to “do good stuff” in the last 19 years.  It has indeed worked out.  My life is now surrounded by people who seem to share this philosophy.  We’re just trying to do good stuff.

Shit lives forever amigos.

 

 

 

Orcas Island

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                                       A few weeks ago I was here, and I finished these.

Orcas 2 | 2014 | 6" x 10" | Pen and ink on paper| print: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/orcas-2_print#1=45

Orcas 2 | 2014 | 6″ x 10″ | Pen and ink on paper| print: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/orcas-2_print#1=45

Orcas 3 | 2014 | 6" x 10" | Pen and ink on paper| print: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/orcas-3_print#1=45

Orcas 3 | 2014 | 6″ x 10″ | Pen and ink on paper| print: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/orcas-3_print#1=45

Orcas 1 | 2014 | 6" x 10" | Pen and ink on paper| print: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/orcas-1_print#1=45

Orcas 1 | 2014 | 6″ x 10″ | Pen and ink on paper| print: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/orcas-1_print#1=45

Zane The Bringer of Gonzo

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Zane The Bringer of Gonzo (Necromancer 5)| 2014 |12" x 12" || Mixed media on wood |Prints available here: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/zane-the-bringer-of-gonzo-necromancer-5#1=45

Zane The Bringer of Gonzo (Necromancer 5)| 2014 |12″ x 12″ || Mixed media on wood |Prints available here: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/zane-the-bringer-of-gonzo-necromancer-5#1=45

I finally finished this piece, and I’m very happy with it. Here’s my punch list of why this piece matters to me:

1. It’s a gift for fellow artist and fly fisherman, Zane Porter – Zane has this Gonzo-inspired work that came to me right when I was thinking, “I need to loosening up a bit..”. Well, inspiration and direction come at just the right times now and then.  Zane and I have developed a nice online friendship, as is the case with so many of us fishy-folk.  We’ve traded work (my contribution is in the mail), done some collaborations, and keep each other informed of art, stuff and things that feed our mutual output.  Follow his work and fly-fishing escapades at Fly Fishing Ruins Lives.

The photo and the Necro - courtesy of Zane Porter

The photo and the Necro – courtesy of Zane Porter

2. It’s 5th in the Necromancer series.  The number doesn’t mean shit to me, but keeping this vein of work going does ya know?  The whole impetus was making work about people I know that fish (everyone one so far has been a cohort, friend, collaborator, fishy-dude that I know); I want to keep the concept of capturing the people in my life as a fly-fisherman, and artist, as much as I wanna draw bitchin’ smallies and skulls.  Necromancer marches on, and I’m stoked that Zane is a part of the path.

That’s all amigos – hope you dig the piece as much as I do.

Tight Lines and Horns High.

 

The Phantom – August 15th

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The Phantom from Flood Tide Co.

The Phantom from Flood Tide Co.

Super pumped to share this – “The Phantom” will be available for purchase on August 15th from Flood Tide Co.

A while back, fellow fly-fisherman and rad-artist Paul Puckett (check out his work) asked me if I’d be down to contribute some art to Flood Tide’s fall line of clothing.  Of course I jumped at the chance, as I dig what Flood Tide is doing and knew that dealing with them would be a breeze.  Paul was thinking Permit, and I was happy to oblige.

I don’t work with everyone, and I’m becoming more and more opposed to doing commissions unless I know the folks and support what they’re doing, or it’s a very unique and appealing project to me personally; I don’t have time to burn, and I don’t make a living off of my art.  I make my work for myself, and for the few people/companies/groups that “get it”.

With that said, I’m honored to have my art gracing one of Flood Tide’s offerings. I’ll put my art on that, I’ll add my name to what their doing, I support what they have going on; I believe in it.

Cheers to rad people doing rad shit – get some on the 15th!

Tight lines and horns high amigos.

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.