Today's postings

  1. [Baren 25779] Re: Two new prints... (Mike Lyon)
  2. [Baren 25780] Re: Two new prints... (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 25781] Re: For those who have signed up for Exchange #22 (RHawkins79 #
  4. [Baren 25782] RE: 2004 National Figurative Exhibition - CALL FOR ENTRIES ("phare-camp #")
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Message 1
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 08:23:03 -0500
Subject: [Baren 25779] Re: Two new prints...
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On 8/16/2004, Robert Canaga wrote:
>Amazing work as usual. I am sorry I missed you class in Santa Fe. Great
>place to work. How did the weather affect printing?

Thanks, Robert! Weather -- the weather in Snowmass and printing... Well,
that part of Colorado is called "alpine desert" -- Snowmass sits at about
9,600 feet above sea level on the slopes of a huge and awesomely beautiful
mountain range... Conifers and Aspens below, alpine plants and flowers
above, fantastic mountain-magpies everywhere,
snow-capped peaks even in August, warm days, cool evenings and VERY low
humidity. So we all had to be alert (as we must always be) to the
condition of our damp stack and be sure to add a bit of water on a regular
basis as needed.

It takes time and experience (lots of printing) to adjust to the changing
conditions when printing moku-hanga -- not just the relative humidity of
the printing area, but also the moisture condition of the block and
printing brush and pigment and paper... It's fairly common here on Baren
to read moku-hanga related postings about paper 'suddenly' drying during
printing in hot and dry areas (or times of the year). But it really
doesn't happen all that fast and I imagine that a person could manage to
keep a stack of paper properly damp even in an oven! But it's important to
be alert/awake/sensitive to small changes and to acquire a feel for what
are proper conditions... When our paper has become so dry that the edges
stiffen and curl and the sheet resists relaxing onto the block, that is an
indication that we responded _way_ too late. If we are alert and aware,
then we can easily add just the right amount of water to our damp stack to
keep everything in the 'comfort zone'.

So while I 'make the rounds' during a workshop, among my other 'duties' I
try to feel everybody's damp stack and paper and remark (as I do to myself
when printing along), "Uh-oh -- the paper's getting too dry -- let's spritz
the stack, especially around the edges", or "Oops -- too wet! Let's soak
up some of that excess moisture by interleaving a few sheets of dry
newsprint", or "Wow -- this paper seems to be in perfect condition -- hey
everybody! Come feel so-and-so's paper -- it's just right!" And in that
way most people seem to develop their own 'feel' right away.

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, Missouri
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 08:03:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 25780] Re: Two new prints...
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We need you to make the rounds of the baren family checking our paper...I knew there was a reason we needed you to come to Oregon! You are sure right about the dampness of the makes all the difference. I think the thing here is to print and print some more and then do it again. Finally you sort of know what you are doing! But as Dave says, if you enjoy what you are doing, does it matter if it takes a long time?????
Best to all,
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Message 3
From: RHawkins79 #
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 13:14:12 EDT
Subject: [Baren 25781] Re: For those who have signed up for Exchange #22
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just checking in for exchange #22. It's my first and I am excited!
~Rachel Hawkins
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Message 4
From: "phare-camp #"
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 15:16:36 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25782] RE: 2004 National Figurative Exhibition - CALL FOR ENTRIES
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Below info may be of interest to those of you who do figurative work...

2004 National Figurative Exhibition - CALL FOR ENTRIES
Located on historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM Red Dot Fine Art is one of
the cities 250 galleries. Santa Fe is considered the third largest art
market in the United States. Red Dot Fine Art will kick off the holiday
season with their 2004 National Figurative Exhibition. The exhibition call
is open to all individuals working in two dimensional and three dimensional
realistic figurative work in any media. Entries for the exhibiti! on are
being accepted through October 2, 2004 The exhibition will bring focus to
artists working in figurative realism and highlight work from across the
nation. There is a non refundable $30.00 entry fee for up to three works
and additional $5.00 fee for each additional work. DEADLINE FOR ENTIRES:
October 2, 2004. EXHIBITION DATES: November 8 > -> November 21, 2004. FEE:
$30 for 1-3 images (slides or JPEG) $5 for each additional image submitted.
send a SASE to: Red Dot Fine Art, ATTN: Figure Exhibition, 616 B Canyon
Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501. If you have questions you ! may contact the
gallery via email at or call 50 5-820-0114.