20acrecarcass | The Art of Jake Keeler


November 2013

Crank the Space Heater

Fish and skulls
Fish and skulls

There is work to do. A cold basement calls my name. Fresh surfaces, new paints/pencils/pens, tons of fish and skulls bouncing around in my head, and a new body of work called the Necromancer Series.  There’s beer to brew, and to drink.  Some new music, and rediscovered old jams. Let’s get this Winter started.




It’s snowing.  It’s cold.  I’ve resorted to watching crappy videos of bozos floating the Mississippi, catching smallies on poppers and drinking way too many IPA’s.

MZA can't believe the hotness of the Dungeon
MZA can’t believe the hotness of the Dungeon


ghostswingingI’ve had an idea for a new body for work bouncing around in my head for the last month.  I finally put pencil/paint to surface, and the idea jumped into life.  I’m pumped.

The surface/canvas will be wood boards (new or used, as long as they’re suitable to draw on).  The grain, texture and feel of the wood will be a springboard for the setting.  Subjects will be people, and sometimes the fish, and equally important the setting/place surrounding them. Pencil, pen and water-colors will snap it all together.

As I’ve thought a bit more about “why” I’m endeavoring upon this new series, I’m realizing part of the motivation to focus on the people and places comes from wanting to tie the subject of fish/fly fishing to the larger story of the people I fish with, the places we go, and the overall experience.  Don’t get me wrong, a smallie or tarpon drawing is the jam, and I’ll keep making those, but bringing people and environments into the mix gives the work more dimension.

Oh, and the people will be all skulled-out, with horns and other gnarly shit.  Naturally.

I’ve got my S.M.A.S.H B.I.T.S ready to tap, and a new body of work to explore.  Things are looking good.  Happy Saturday citizens.

Make art, Make Beer, Go Fishing.



Back in the Saddle


After what feels like forever, I’m brewing beer and drawing.  A bit of a drought.   A professor of mine in grad school once pointed out to me that I make work and “act” according to the changing seasons; she wasn’t wrong, and to this day, it holds true.  The chill in the air, the changing leaves, and the cold hard realities of living in the North mark a transition whether you’re up for it or not.  The shifts keep me changing, keep me attuned to different perspectives, and force me to adjust.  Like steelhead charging up the rivers, something kicks me into high gear round this time of year.  Back in the saddle.


3 Gallon BIAB – Full volume mash/boil


-8.5 lbs – Rahr 2-Row


– 60min – .5oz – Centennial whole leaf – 2013 backyard crop

– Knockout (flame-out) – 2 oz – Centennial whole leaf – 2013 backyard crop


-Fermentis US-O5

Analog BIAB session citizens, no brewing software used on this, just instincts and gut-checks.  6 gallons of water, no treatment, up front.  Steep/mash at 154 F for 75 minutes. Pull bag, let drain.  Boil wort for 60 min., at this point it was 4.5 gallons. Threw the bittering addition in like a throw away song, put the 2 oz. of flame-out hops in a muslin bag to reduce solid matter going into the primary. Ended up with 3.5 gallons at 1.068 – perfecto! Chilled quick, pitched yeast at 70 F.  Fermented at 65 F ambient, so 67 F likely with heat generation.

That’s all so far.  This weekend I’ll transfer to a 3 gallon carboy and dry hop with another 1 oz. of backyard Centennial, let sit for 2 days in the keezer at 45 F with biofine clear (cold crash and dry hop..multi-task).  I’ll likley lose some volume due to the hops and the initial transfer off the trub, so here I’m hoping to hit the 3 gallon mark on the head. Rack to keg, carbonate at 25 psi for 1.5 days, gas off, set to 10 psi and serve.  Looking to drink this one in about 2 weeks from brew day – remember, when you’re looking to taste hops at their prime, turn those beers quick!  *because of the the quick turn around, make sure you have vigorous boil to drive off DMS precursors.

This is the first of several S.M.A.S.H recipes I hope to do this Fall.  S.M.A.S.H = Single Malt and Single Hop.  So, I’ve got some different base malts, but the hops will always be my 2013 backyard harvest of Centennials.

Tasting notes and finished drawing forthcoming.

Go fishing, make art, make beer.

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