On my drive home to Dawson City last weekend I had to stop the car and capture this scene. The quality of light in this country is amazing and so different from other locations. Maybe its because we’re sitting at the top of the world. I was already feeling exhilarated from my 18 KM legRead more ⟶
Hannah Eden wrote a very nice article about me in Northern Canada’s best known magazine Up Here. Along with a cool photo (thanks Hannah!), she wrote a nice synopsis of my forty plus years in the Yukon where I’ve reinvented myself several times over. I always seem to gravitate back to my printmaking practice, noRead more ⟶
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.