Today's postings

  1. [Baren 28061] The mall, again (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 28062] RE: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3075 ("marilynn smih")
  3. [Baren 28063] Re: The mall, again ("Ramsey Household")
  4. [Baren 28064] Working in a square. (ArtfulCarol #
  5. [Baren 28065] Praise and news on dvd progress etc. (Robin Morris)
  6. [Baren 28066] Re: revised: exchange #23 tribute list (Robin Morris)
  7. [Baren 28067] Re: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3073 (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 07:29:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 28061] The mall, again
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Good morning to all,
I will be away from Thursday May 26 to Saturday June 3. If you need something from the mall order it before I leave or it will have to wait until I return. The bad news is there is no able assistant on board yet to take care of it while I am gone.

The good news is I am going to Victoria to work with Richard Steiner and make woodblock prints for a week. Several other baren people are going so it should be informative and a huge amount of fun. I need to spend the whole first day sharpening tools, I am ashamed of how dull they are. Rats, I am my own worst enemy. I am going to work abstract, in a square so I can turn the blocks. Either it will be a great breakthrough and the work will be fabulous...or not. At any rate it will be a great vacation in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Vancouver Island is so lush and green and so very Northwest. Lots of trees, water and mountains, what more could one want? Sun? Sorry but the company will make up for lack of sun. Cool fog is better for woodblock anyway.
Best to all,
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Message 2
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 08:02:11 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28062] RE: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3075
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Barbara, you have done a great job for Baren and thank you so much for all your hard work. When I read your need for help I wanted to jump right in, but you know I am not in the states much any more. So glad someone near can help you. Busy people seem to do more than the rest of the world, guess you just plan your time better. And Gayle, you do a great job archiving. Thanks to all of you on the council, you are the ones who make it all happen for the rest of us. Without the great volunteers we have this list would not be such a wonderful place to come. Just keep up the great work and we can all keep smiling.
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Message 3
From: "Ramsey Household"
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 08:27:44 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28063] Re: The mall, again
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Just looked at Richard Steiner's website. It is wonderful. Lucky you. I hope you share some of what you learn with us. And show us your work.

From the beautiful Rogue Valley,
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Message 4
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 11:41:11 EDT
Subject: [Baren 28064] Working in a square.
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Hi Barbara,
I have been composing in a square for my woodblock prints from the very
beginning when I discovered what could be done with it. I found it very exciting
and you will too.
Have fun at Robert Steiners workshop.

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Message 5
From: Robin Morris
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 09:21:09 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28065] Praise and news on dvd progress etc.
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I second those emotions...
Another bow to our most intrepid and talented leader, or ok just that
guy in japan that started baren- ol whatzisname... : )
and to Mike for the webwork, gayle, the lovely mother of all
printmakers, as well as trekkers! and Barbara Mason for her mall
work, maria for getting us the last exchange...
a lot of fine work goes into making this such a great resourse.

I viewed the #23 exchange and was knocked out. I am humbled to join
the ranks and want to thank everyone that was in it-
I will be looking at them for a while and reading the colophonii many
times- each path described is showing talents and ideas,; there is a
universe of talent at baren
Thanks to John center for adding his interesting and unusual bonus
print as well. thanks to the two Durer apprentices! I love Durer! who
doesn't? and to Andy for his amazing Blake portrait- Gilda for her
striking yellow and red self portrait- the eyes have it- the Harry's
very cool original take on a Blake tribute-
Jan telfer's beautifully crafted work is making me stare at my knives
and tell them to behave better! but only long practice and guidance
will follow that act even approximately. Jeanne's lovely horses are
so colorful. The white outlines make them feel like
watercolors...thanks to her and Sharri for colorings that are warm,
and cool...very cool- bette's original picture of dave shows she
feels as i do abt him- such a fine craftsman. Julio's work is so
striking- these are just some of my impressions from a first viewing-
the prints are wonderful and so is this group.
Rt now i am reviewing tapes so i can send off some footage to Bea and
Ruth- the dvd project is at least on schedule. The lovely and
talented Carol Wagner is helping me with ideas and wants to
participate in the project so we may team up to visit Barbara Mason
this Summer- other NW bareners are "invited" to invite us so we can
document your printmaking. my class's letterpress book is finished
and i will soon post an URL so bareners can see it- it is on
printing...and i've been accepted to attend Linotype university in
Iowa in october so midwestern bareners may want to pencil me in for
an autumn visit so i can video tape your work and get you in the dvd
project... keeping busy you might say.

Summer is calling.

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Message 6
From: Robin Morris
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 09:42:23 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28066] Re: revised: exchange #23 tribute list
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Another in a day- maybe I won't send any tomorrow- ; )
So many fine prints and this list made me think of more that blew me
away- i loved Bea's tribute to Masereel, a name i never get right,
but a fabulous and underknown artist-
also the one to Wanda G'ag is a showstopper.
the lautrec image with its embossing is beautiful and different. the
hokusai clouds on the lightest paper with fibres running like clouds
through it is really interesting..
I appreciate Maria's tributing Ruth Leaf. Ruth, who i met at the LA
mini-summit, is such a warm kind person and so deeply talented..Say
hi to Annie for me, ruth!
.just a few more thoughts from one viewing this list below evoked.
I'd take the prints out and more properly credit artists and prints,
etc., but it would take all day-suffice it to say that

baren is really happening...wonderful stuff. i feel like a kid
happily playing in a great art museum.

Ruth and Bea, please send me yr mailing addresses as i am not sure
where i put them.

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Message 7
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 12:26:01 +0800
Subject: [Baren 28067] Re: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3073
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Dear Maria and Bareners of Exchange #23,

> The gallery of prints from Exchange #23 is available on-line -- have a
> look:

Mine arrived today. Thank you Maria for all your hard work
co-ordinating this exchange and keeping us up to date and on our toes !

Thank you all for a wonderful exchange set of prints. The subject was
one that was indeed thought provoking. I did not hesitate when I chose
Hiroshi Tomihari. He was my inspiration for my carving and imagery in
black and white even though I now enjoy the challenge of hanga and its
multifacetted blocks of colour and registration which is close to my
second love of screenprinting in transparent colours, but which I no
longer do because of the restriction I have put on myself working at
home more than in a studio with laid on technical machines.