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20acrecarcass | The Art of Jake Keeler

50% off…100% given – Let’s do this!

Doing it again. The fight goes on.  To be sure, since I last did this the picture hasn’t become better…in fact I would argue it has gotten worse. I could do a deep-dive into my feelings and opinions about our current administration, it’s cabinet, and general state of affairs in America right now – believe me, I have drafted post after post and each time my words look back at me empty, and inadequate.

But I’m an optimist and doer at the core of my soul – when I get angry, when I feel challenged, my instinct is to get to work; turn that anger into something constructive. I made a plan and I’m sticking to it.

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Shifting

Freshwater drum on my “local” river

2 sessions in the last 5 days on rivers that are quickly becoming favorites of mine.

One stretch of river being famliar territory for browns and brook trout of respectable caliber and the other being a familiar river, yet new stretch. This new stretch has promise. Some solid smallmouth and a few drums (sheepshead) with the chance for various suckers, walleyes, catfish and even some browns (two spotted) roaming near a spring creek confluence.

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Studio Notes #3

Tools of prep
15 panels prepped and ready to be transformed. To me, this is a true sign of the start; a delberate step in the process.

I’m not too picky about the panels. They’re relatively inexpensive, readily available and utilitarian. But I make sure they have some interesting patterns in the grain to add depth, texture and feel to the composition. 

Laying down a matte acrylic varnish is clutch – this will help prevent the wet media (inks and water colors) from bleeding, which allows me to get sharp edges and control the media a bit more purposefully.

Finally, sanding the edges – no one likes splinters. Then they get stacked in some sort of fashion in my studio awaiting the first pencil marks.


Being prepared has always been important to me as an artist. There is nothing worse then realizing you don’t have the right media, the time, the idea or in this case the surface/object on which to create your vision. 

Time to get after it. 

Studio Notes #2


In the process of arranging my studio and preparing for a new body of work I realized that I have probably started, stopped and put aside as much if not more works then I have completed in the last 2 years.

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Studio Notes #1

Plenty of pens, pencils, paints and surfaces. No excuses.

Part of a healthy artistic practice is keeping notes, facilitating feedback/criticism, employing a sketch book and staying constantly aware and curious.

One cannot always be working on an epic masterpiece, or putting the final touches on a body of work; the grind is in the weeds much of the time, and many times those weeds are compelling in their own right.

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Make The Lightning

42 of 100 – sketches for a promo with The Fly Fish Journal

Hola Amigos!

Been a while since I rapped at ya.

Been a while since a lot of things.  Life has been moving, no doubt about that.  Some art and some fishing has happened, as well as some cool projects like this one with Fly Lords., and a contribution to the Reel Service Project from Vedavoo.

But on the whole, I’ve been feeling that malaise…that all too easy state of complacency that shares company with streaming services, regret from reading the comments on social media, and falling back on a belief that I have limited capacity.  Essentially, being lazy.

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Simms S.O.S. Boundary Waters

Free The Fighter

Simms Fishing Products launched their S.O.S. campaign last month.  The idea is simple – sell t-shirts depicting some iconic waterways to help raise money and awareness towards their protection.  Last month it was the Yellowstone River, a much maligned but beloved river in Montana. This month it’s the BWCA – a place close to my heart.

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Cooking up new works

Creator & Destroyer | 2017 | 9″ x 12″ | Pen and ink on cradled wood board

Finally back in the studio with some new ideas and motivation.  This particular piece, along with a few others I’m finishing up mark a shift in the work.  Excited where it’s all going.  More work to share in the coming weeks.

Cheers

Jake

T-Shirts

Look at this bum…rocking the Heavy Metal version

Do you like t-shirts depicting a necromantic wizard swinging forth some chrome?  Yes?  You are in luck.  I’ve got your jam.

Stone Grey and Heavy Metal – smalls through 2XL.

$20.00 ($25 for 2XL).

Limited quantities.

Stone Grey version

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