Today's postings

  1. [Baren 24194] Re: Active Bareners (Mike Lyon)
  2. [Baren 24195] Re: portfolio of work "photos" (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 24196] Re: portfolio of work "photos" ("Maria Arango")
  4. [Baren 24197] exchange 19 up date (FurryPressII #
  5. [Baren 24198] Re: portfolio of work "photos" (Mary Brooks-Mueller)
  6. [Baren 24199] Re: Active Bareners (Jsf73 #
  7. [Baren 24200] year of the monkey re michelle's post (Cucamongie #
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Message 1
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 10:01:12 -0600
Subject: [Baren 24194] Re: Active Bareners
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Juliane wrote:
>I have never participated in a baren exchange as I can't imagine how I
>could get the fee from Australian dollars into American dollars without
>tripling the amount. I haven't got a paypal account.

Just got back from a long weekend out of town, so maybe someone has
responded already -- There is NO FEE to participate in a [Baren]
exchange! You need only enclose 31 prints, a self-addressed mailing label,
and return postage for your package which you almost certainly can purchase
and enclose that at the same time you mail your prints! Nothing else required!

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 09:48:15 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24195] Re: portfolio of work "photos"
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I have never juried a craft show from photos, but I doubt it will make
any difference if the quality of the digital photos is comparable to
that of film. Personally, my digital photos are often much better than
my 35mm. photos and so are the slides made from them. So, I say - go
for the digital photos. There are a lot of doubting Tommys in the
audience, so let me tell you a story. This has to do with slides. I
recently burned the images of work onto CD of which some had been
scanned & others photographed with digital camera and had them all made
into slides. My husband and I then projected the slides next to each
other and voted for which one we thought was best. The digital slides
won 10 times out of 10. Therefore, the moral to this tiny tale is
this: do not be afraid of this new technology - it is really quite

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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 10:01:20 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24196] Re: portfolio of work "photos"
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Print your photos on glossy photo paper made for inkjets, at least 600
resolution. Yet another alternative is to have your photo developer burn
you a CD from slides; at the time of development, this is around $5.00
(in my neck of the woods).
I now take slides only, used to have to take a roll of slides, a roll of
photos, a "roll" of digital pics. More and more art festivals and
gallery/museum competitions are accepting digital images as attachments
to emails or on CD. Some are pretty sophisticated and have you upload
your ap and images to a form in their online database, which then they
view as a presentation.

I still wish there was a "global standarization organization" :-) for
submission of artists' materials. Seems every
promoter/gallery/curator/etc wants a different thing in a different
format. One little trick I learned to make my slides look more
professional is to remount them in new cardboard mounts. I think I paid
around $20 for 500 mounts. The advantage is that the mount looks new,
the labeling stands out better, and you can reposition or crop the slide
(with aluminum tape) so that it will show its very best.

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Message 4
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 16:04:16 EST
Subject: [Baren 24197] exchange 19 up date
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two prints came in today;

Sharri LaPierre
Colleen Corradi

we are now 23

john center
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Message 5
From: Mary Brooks-Mueller
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 13:07:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 24198] Re: portfolio of work "photos"
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Hi Emma,
If you are submitting photos I am unaware of
restrictions as to paper type. Personally I always use
inkjet printed glossy paper, 8x10. Also, I restrict my
self to just the information that would normally fit
on a slide and I add that text either on the border or
in a small area of the print in a corner. This way
there is not much to compete with the picture of your
work. The image itself being more important that the
text. In accompaniment (?) a typed page of
descriptions for details. I would put all in an album,
first, cover sheet, then description page then photos.
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Message 6
From: Jsf73 #
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 19:40:10 EST
Subject: [Baren 24199] Re: Active Bareners
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Hello everyone,

I havent been an active participant lately for which I am truly sorry. I have
been a little ill, and I am faced with over 500 emails since I last logged
online a couple weeks ago.

Plus being so new to woodblock, I havent got much to add...
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Message 7
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 22:37:11 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24200] year of the monkey re michelle's post
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Hi all - Michelle, I'm glad that my little monkey is baffling, I think! :)
The print is a solarplate etching. The original drawing was done using ink wash mixed with pastel, and the wonderful thing is that the solarplate is able to pick up a lot of this subtlety. Getting the exposure just right and the inking etc was a bit tricky, but I think I worked it out. In exposing the plate, I also have an "aquatint screen", as the solarplate guy Dan Welden calls it, which is a screen that looks black but actually has lots of dots on it. If you expose the plate using this first (before exposing the image), it seems that you can get a lot more subtlety with the lights and darks. Sorry that this is non-woodblocky talk, but figured that some of you other folks might like to know - happy printing!
speaking of monkeys, when I was getting ready to do my year of the monkey print, I went to the zoo and took many pictures of monkeys, etc and ended up doing many drawings. Today I just got word that one of these drawings was accepted into Louisiana State University's annual "Animals in Art" exhibition so... guess it IS the year of the monkey. (my birth sign is the monkey too).
happy printing