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 timeRead more ⟶
I’m switching to a different signature for all my new work. Preferring to identify with my Latvian name Jānis Šteins.
Over the holidays I took to making sketches on my iPad. The tablet seems like an amazing tool for almost any kind of development or exploration of ideas. Just like a Swiss Army Knife, but for creative folk. In any case I thought it would be fun to explore some ideas for future prints or even aRead more ⟶
The Invitational Wood Engravings show at the Davidson Galleries that I am fortunate to be a part of is drawing to a close so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area. Here’s a link to a nice review of the show from the Seattle Times. I have to say that muchRead more ⟶
I decided to make a small wood engraving big by blowing up a detail onto this large format woodblock. We all used good-one-side half inch birch plywood. Unfortunately it wasn’t the highest grade and had to deal with a lot of de-lamination of the top veneer. Lots of repairs were required.
Here’s a deceptively simple wood engraving of a stylized face I’m working on right now.
It’s very small – 2.5 inches square. I’m enjoying the laying down of parallel lines in a manner that reveals form. In this small format every line, and cross hatch – either negative or positive – has an influence on the outcome of the image as a whole.
This is what happens when the press pressure is too great. A broken block!
I find myself drawn back into the fractal world looking for abstract ideas to apply to potential wood engraving designs or other forms of print making, in particular, reduction woodcuts or linocuts.
Here’s a wood engraving commissioned for a new publication by the Center for Action and Contemplation, an institute run by Fr. Richard Rohr, a highly regarded Franciscan Mystic in Albuquerque, NM. The journal is called Oneing in addition to another called Radical Grace for which an earlier engraving of mine was used.
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 an abandoned parking lot. Each is outstanding in their own right. These two actions, among many others, certainly qualify as definite runners up.