Hey friends,

I finished the Zea visual essay this week! It came about as a combination of summer events, my love of insects, and the fact that I’m a bit of a slob. You can check it out here.

People have varying opinions on what a visual essay is, but for me, it’s something that needs both text and image to be itself. I like Sarah Minor’s definition and work, but I think it depends on how you want to see and make meaning out of lots of different pieces. And, of course, there are all those limitations on what you know how to do. I’m working on something right now that should be a short film – but it’s a book, because that’s what I know how to do.

This is the kind of work I want to make more of. And “Zea” turned out to be more complicated than I’d thought it would be. I definitely didn’t intend to make 8 paintings and 4 ink drawings, but here we are.

Happy lovely fall weekend. If you’re somewhere where it’s suddenly begun to be dark in late afternoon, enjoy the magic and romance of those long, cocooning nights.