Seville, Spain 2019

Last month I got to go to Spain with my oldest kid, Tate. La Galleria Roja invited me out to teach a weekend workshop and I decided to take a few extra days and turn it onto a post-gradutation drawing trip with my son.

The workshop was a lot of fun, with great students, and David from the gallery was a wonderful host. But what I really enjoyed was the handful of days we had with no agenda, no schedule, just following our interests roaming the city drawing things we thought were cool, only stopping to eat when we were hungry.

I won’t get into all the details of the trip, but I wanted to share some drawings and photos of the trip here.

Thanks,

Jake

My new assistant

One of the perks of working from home is you get to know your kids a lot better. While working the other morning, my daughter and I had a long discussion about saving up money, and ways that kids can earn money. She told me that I forget what it's like being a kid and how hard it is to earn money. Then she asked for a loan to get a mermaid tail and she'd pay me back when she got the cash. I told her I only loan out money for education and real estate. Then I offered to train her to scan my sketchbooks and paid her to do mine. Took her an hour, but she earned $7.

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I Moved to Arizona!

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I’m starting to settle in, but I can’t believe I just moved my family down to Arizona.

We've been living in Utah for 9+ years, and I've grown to love the beehivet state with its amazing people, beautiful canyons, and hiking trails everywhere you go. If you haven't visited Utah, you have to make a trip out there some time before you die. It is that great. There's a lot of reasons for this move, and I won't really go into them here other than our family needed a change in climate.

I grew up in Arizona, but I haven't lived there since 2001. It's changed a little bit every time I've gone back to visit to the point that some parts are barely recognizable. I kind of feel like I moved to an entirely new state!

Are you from AZ? If so tell me one cool thing you love about it here. Is there a restaurant I should try? A trail I should hike? A gallery I should visit? I'd love to know more about the area.

About that image up there. I was thinking a lot about the vermillion cliffs in northern Arizona and took some time one day and just tried painting a landscape for fun. I wanted to try something a little different from what I normally do and just experiment with color, value and composition. I hope you like it.

Here’s my temporary studio set up in the apartment we are renting while we house hunt. I still need to get work done and this stripped down set up will do the trick.

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Been here almost a week and it’s been so good to see some friends, hang with family, and explore a new area. I think I’m going to like it here.

-Jake