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Kamloops Residency

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Rhonda and I are getting down to work again. Finally we are finding an opportunity to print the woodblocks that we cut last summer in Saskatchewan. We are printing at Kamloops Printmakers in Kamloops, BC. Here is the print from the block cut at Spring Valley. We have thirteen large format blocks from which we intend to print seven images in small editions. This work and the drawings also completed last summer in Saskatchewan will be the core of our exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Regina next February.

Triple Ratamecue

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Photo credit to James Lisitza.

Quebec City, 1972 in the middle of an eight-month long cross Canada tour. The group was Jalal; members include Garry Brown, Larry Brown and Jack Lenz (behind me on a Hammond B3).

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

There are lots of artists in the neighborhood around my studio.  Also, rehearsal spaces for bands, dance studios, design studios and coffee joints. We have seen one or two movies or television shows filmed here, too.  Over the past four days a crew built this set in the middle of an intersection just two blocks away.  Work went on nearly twenty-four hours a day – re-routing traffic and putting security people everywhere.  It is only the facade of a house you can see through to the other side.  I wonder what is going to happen with that worm hole?

Table Ten

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Rhonda and I are working in Saskatchewan all through the month of July.  We have a show at the Art Gallery of Regina in 2014 and are taking an early opportunity to get some ideas together for it.  The joy of being here is that it gives us a chance also to re-connect with friends.  Tonight we had supper with Ryan Arnott and Marsha Kennedy who is curating the show.  I caught some light-hearted moments on my camera.

Drawing at Old Wives Lake

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Photo credit to Rhonda Neufeld.

Gooey aftermath of working on a drawing while walking.

HIP! portraits of cool

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

I was talking to Art Perry at his opening this evening.  He told me that he had his shoes “re-heeled” for this auspicious event.  Beat aesthetic on the Smash Modern Art floors.  Holy!  Holy!  Holy!

Signature smile

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Rhonda and I were in Saskatoon over the past weekend to attend the opening of a show of our new work at Art Placement.  I was happy to see many old friends including Lorenzo Dupuis.  This picture captures him and what Bob Christie dubbed his “Cheshire cat smile”.

What is moon?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This is the question that haunts every student who has sat in a class with John Wertschek.  I made this photo of him at the recent Valentine Masquerade Ball at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Suddenly VIP

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

I went to Prince George, BC to be at the opening of Chance Operations² the show that Rhonda Neufeld and I have traveling to nine Canadian cities. Prince George is the sixth stop on the circuit.  My good friend, Julia Whittaker, greeted us at the airport when we walked into the arrivals area.

Just a month prior to this a chauffeur met me at La Guardia in NYC.  He had moved past paper and searched for me with an iPad.  It was the first time I had been met that way and my first chauffeured transportation.  Julia drove us into Prince George in her old and reliable Volvo that she purchased when we worked together in Fort McMurray.

Fifty looks something like this

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

This morning I visited with Doug Haynes at his studio in Edmonton. Doug is one of the great painters working in Canada and he has been doing that for over fifty years now. Around 1994, I worked with him in the print studios at Keyano College to produce nearly two hundred monotypes.  I frequently find myself sharing the things I have learned about art from him with students and friends. These are some of the canvases that he still has around… the others are out in the world making  people happy. It was good to catch up with Doug and to sit with him for a few hours and learn new things.

Opening Splash Animation by Ray Statham,
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