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As artists we often create a formula for our work. We have a piece of art that really works, and then we ask ourselves “how did we create this?” and then we make more art with that formula with the hopes that we will create more art that works and speaks to people. Unfortunately for me what really works with my art is that I am constantly exploring and changing and emoting with my work. So if I find a formula that works my art has a tendency to become bland and not what I want. With my title piece “Lesson Learned” this exact thing happened for me. I created this piece in the same way that I had created a few of the other pieces in this show. But it was lacking. I sent an image to my friend who I often bounce ideas off of, and she asked for the motivation for the piece. I realized I didn’t have one. I just wanted to make a series of these portraits. And so I reworked the piece and a lesson was learned.
I was going to try to put an image of that piece in here, but I can’t get it to work. darn thing anyway.
I have been in a poetry class all last month. It was totally wonderful. I made way to much content to fit in all in my zine. So I am putting some of the extra here and on my Patreon. I couldn’t figure out how to not have be double spaced between the lines. But it doesn’t matter that much. <3
Netflix’s list of romance movies
your face when you passionately explain something
I study my town
how the streets meet
where they lead us
what is changing how it is changing
I study the weekly newspaper
every article every week
I study nature
when I can — when I think to.
I study myself
a constant study
what do I feel where do I feel
what did I eat what should i eat
did I take my vitamins I think I forgot
should i just skip a day
it is good to skip a day.
or is it?
I study my friends
and I study my kid
I learn about him every day
and I wonder what it will be like
when he is unavailable to me
a world of his own.
This is my October zine. I love it so much. It is my favorite zine in a really long time. It is pretty simple, it is one poem about walking Jorge to school. I love it so much I thought about posting all the content on this blog. I might. It is also a photo essay of the walk to school taken with my fuji instax (which is basically a modern day polaroid).
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So when I was posting it to etsy I realized that it is supposed to be volume 12, not 11. And then I realized that the majority of the zines I have made this year I have put volume 11 on, not 12. It is so weird to not be mindful of that. To not remember. I don’t know it is weird. Maybe I have been making this zine for to long.
I made this painting a couple weeks ago. It is funny it was hot out, and here I am painting snow. It is weird how we crave what we don’t have. We crave winter in the hot of the summer and we crave summer in the thick of the snow.
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This piece will be in the show “Inside Out: Neo Outsiders.” The opening is on Friday July 14th at the ZACC in Missoula, MT. Other artists in the show include Patricia Thorton, Steve Muhs and Sheila Miles.
I love this piece. I sold it to my friend Bruce. <3
I have a show at Clyde Coffee here in Missoula. If you haven’t been to Clyde yet, this is a perfect time to check it out. It is a really cool little hip coffee shop on Higgins. 610 S Higgins. I painted a mural there a year ago, right before it opened.
Please come to the opening if you can. Friday, Sept 2nd, from 5-8. I will be there with wine. If you can’t make the opening, it will be up all month. Thanks!
I don’t normally sell my zines one at a time. Because they are so small. They are 8 pages, quarter size. Essentially they are one piece of paper, printed on both side, cut in half and then folded. Not much to it. But I was thinking of ways to charge up my etsy store, and decided to why not post each issue, at least until they expire. So each issue will only be up for three months. I still have subscriptions available.
my hope is that if you click on this image it will take you to my etsy.