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The Painting Book is GO

My Kickstarter campaign to fund a modest book of my paintings from Oaxaca is a success! A huge thanks to all my backers!GENI_YAGUL

This piece I painted from a photo of my daughter Geni walking the ruins at Yagul, Oaxaca.

I’ll put up more info soon about my book of paintings. I’ll have it ready to go by the end of July. Gotta get some sleep now!



Oaxaca Painting Book Kickstarter – 6 Days to Go!

TELE_CactusCactus with Telecaster

My Kickstarter project to fund a book of my paintings from Oaxaca, Mexico has 6 days to go. Really hoping to make the goal of $1250.

You can sign up for the book or other art rewards here.



Announcing a Book of Paintings & Kickstarter

I’m really pumped to announce a book of my Oaxaca paintings, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing. But first, let’s look at the most recent paintings! The first is the river/stream running through San Andreas Huayapam, and the second is a Tejate seller at the Pochote organic market.


TEJATE_painting(Tejate painting is Sold)

Here’s the details:

Veteran underground cartoonist Steve Lafler is set to release his new book Oaxaca Painting Service in August. Lafler collects acrylic paintings depicting life in his adopted town of Oaxaca, Mexico.

The paintings document the small moments of life in Oaxaca, from open air markets to the thriving street food scene, and the nascent cult of mezcal, the distilled agave spirt that is gaining a toe-hold in the U.S. Market.

“I love the buzz and hum of daily life in Oaxaca. This mountain town is the cultural jewel of southern Mexico, and I’m on fire to capture it’s flavor in paint”, quips the artist.

Lafler is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of the book.

The Kickstarter URL:

Oaxaca Painting Service is a 40-page perfect bound limited edition book produced in full color.

For further information, contact Steve at or 503-213-3671

Even More Acrylic Paintings from Oaxaca

I’ve been having a fine time painting this late spring, here’s two more paintings of subjects in Oaxaca, Mexico where I live.


This is a night time food vendor making Tlayudas, giant crispy fresh tortillas with beans, cheese, salsa and other delicious toppings, served hot and fresh! A meal worth traveling thousands of miles for, and dirt cheap to boot.



This is a Tobala agave, a wild variety that grows at altitude under shade of mountain forest, prized for the amazing mezcal that can be distilled from it.

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More Oaxaca Painting

I painted my favorite memela puesto in Parque Llano in Oaxaca. The masa is super fresh and delicious! A memela could be described as an open face taco made with fresh masa, but that barely does is justice. It’s all about super fresh, delicious ingredients thrown together of a moment and garnished with your choice of salsa.


I take my kids to Parque Llano, Oaxaca’s splendid city park, on Sunday mornings. My wife Serena dances zumba while the kids and I play, drink fresh juice, and eat memelas. The family that runs this booth is quite amiable. The chef, she always wears shades! Her husband and I talk about running, he doesn’t run anymore but in the past was a fine distance runner.

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DOG Painting


A commissioned pet painting! This is Abril, my runner friend Richard’s retriever. She passed last year. Abril went on many a mountain run in Oaxaca with Richard and I. She was a strong pup, part long distance mountain goat, before health problems caught up with her.

Hey, I can paint your pet too! Drop me an email.  XOXO, Steve

Nopalito: New Acrylic Sketch


Here’s a 12″ x 16″ acrylic sketch of the nopal (cactus) in my courtyard, executed on unstretched canvas. I’m working myself back into painting just now. Nothing challenges my painter chops like working from life!

I’m calling it “Nopalito”. It’s yours for $200. This includes shipping/insurance via DHL (I’ve sent many a piece of art stateside this way, works like a charm.)



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