• Articles,  Discussion

    Bronze Sculpture

    Here’s a bronze sculpture I made years ago in art school! Guess I must have been channeling Giacometti when I was sticking wax bits onto the armature. I brought it home where it remained in its waxen state at my parent’s house. Then my mother took it to a foundry and had an edition of ten castings made, as an…

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    Exploratory Sketch

    Seems lately I’m addicted to using my iPad tablet as a sketchbook, which is pretty handy. With this image I’m clearly playing with emulating the look of a relief print. Making parallel lines and cross hatching is very satisfying and I do like the messy look of it in this case. Although I spent more time on this than I would…

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    Police Brutality

    Introducing the Heavy Hand Award for excellence in police brutality! Police Helping Hand The competition was fierce because there are so many deserving candidates for the first ever HHA (Heavy Hand Award). Notably, the RCMP who murdered a single mother in Yellowknife, or the gang of police in Trois Riviers, Quebec who brutally kicked and pummeled a robbery suspect in…

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    My Letterpress

    Here’s a Chandler & Price letterpress I recently purchased. It’s a platen press with a chase size of approximately 6 inches by 10 inches. This acquisition is something that’s been on the back burner for years. I’ve been harboring a desire to experiment with letterpress equipment for a long time. This past summer I took part at a letterpress symposium…

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    Printing Relief Blocks on Etching Press

    I’ve updated an earlier post dealing with the challenge of printing relief blocks on etching press. Other printmakers printing relief blocks on their etching press have suggested getting discarded rubber blankets from the commercial lithography industry to use on your etching press for cushioning between the steel rollers and the woodcut or wood engraving block instead of cardboard. The post…

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    Officer Bubbles an Artistic Inspiration?

    The police culture of today is a militaristic entity which serves the interests of the governing power and not those who gave government the power first. Yes, they cultivate the appearance of outreach and caring when the optics require it. Ultimately the true culture of policing prevails and is something we should no longer tolerate, especially when it comes to…

  • Discussion,  Ilgvars Steins

    A Wonderful Legacy & Exhibit

    How lucky I am to have a dad – Ilgvars Steins – who still makes amazing art well into his eighties. Shown above is a recent watercolour/pen & ink titled Soup du Jour. Since moving in with us he has been busy making new work. He doesn’t get out very much but I’ve tried to include him as much as…

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    Riverside Artsfest ~ 2010

    For the last ten years our Dawson City Arts Society has organized an arts festival in conjunction with the Discovery Days holiday in August. Discovery Days is about remembering the discovery of gold on the creeks and the beginning of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896. It’s a three day event that covers a lot of ground, beginning with an…

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    Curating my dad’s show

    A couple of years ago I moved my dad into the self contained suite on the first floor of our house, including his Scandinavian furniture and decades worth of his artwork. I have an opportunity to curate an exhibition of his work at one of our galleries here called the Confluence Gallery. Initially, the concept was to do a father…