Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30338] Background Music and stuff ("carol wagner")
  2. [Baren 30339] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3406 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 30340] Fwd: Re: "How Do You Do It" (L Cass)
  4. [Baren 30341] Re: Background noise (Sharri LaPierre)
  5. [Baren 30342] Re: Background noise (Dan Dew)
  6. [Baren 30343] images to view (L Cass)
  7. [Baren 30344] Re: images to view (Kris Shanks)
  8. [Baren 30345] Re: Background noise ("Robert Viana")
  9. [Baren 30346] Re: images to view (L Cass)
  10. [Baren 30347] Re: Woof! Woof! (Wanda Robertson)
  11. [Baren 30348] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V34 #3406 (Mar 15, 2006) ("phare-camp #")
  12. [Baren 30349] editioning questions ("hanna_platt #")
  13. [Baren 30350] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "carol wagner"
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 07:54:15 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30338] Background Music and stuff
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Like a lot of you good folk I can't concentrate with too much noise in the
background so tend to not listen to anything , if possible, while planning a
print. Sometimes with the cutting or printing Salsa is just the ticket,, but
sorry Benny, I like cellos, violins , and Brahms, especially trios...oh, yes
and sometimes Tibetan chanting and Indian Ragas.

On other notes,
Blogs are good. One can always delete, but I rather enjoy Annie's and
others. Links are also good-I am enjoying the Year of the dog prints link
from David. For some reason my dialup is not too slow and the images load
rather quickly

I have been reading Lady Murisaki's "Tale of Genji". This book ought to be
required reading for anyone seriously interested in Japanes history, and I
do believe it may be the first novel written. A tale of manners and mores of
Courtly life in pre- shogonite Japan, this book figures proximately in the
subject matter of many later woodcuts. One of the more interesting items in
the novel is the mention and description of so many types of paper in use
at the court, including many from China, and Korea, also there so a
description of a ball game played that sounds curiously like the Cricket
game played by the English! Oh, and one also, learns in a footnote, that the
original purpose of dolls was to protect the child playing with them from
harmful influences, it being thought that said inimical forces would then
bypass the child!

Carol in Sacramento
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:03:31 -0700
Subject: [Baren 30339] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3406
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When I am carving I often put in classical music CD's. If not than I like
sittiing out on my balcony with the sound of the surf as a background.
Question about those who have masked out areas when printing. Someone a
while back said they used mylar. Has anyone used it with hanga" And if so
how do you fasten it so the ink does not spill over into the masked off
areas??? Or is this something for me to figure out myself??? Yes I am
formulating my next print, yeah!!!!!
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Message 3
From: L Cass
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:04:59 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30340] Fwd: Re: "How Do You Do It"
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Repeat of Louise Cass's message from Volume 34, #3407.
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Message 4
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:24:58 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30341] Re: Background noise
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I have the radio in my studio set on NPR. I am either listening to
classical music or Talk of The Nation, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, etc.
during the day or maybe Philosophy Talk or one of the other thought
inducing programs in the evening. It helps with not having time to
read the paper from cover to cover as my husband does. It also keeps
me up to date on the traffic situation if I have to go out with the
masses later. Can't live without my NPR, and no commercials! But, if
the news is just too depressing I switch to All Classical (I find that
helps me solve the Piano Puzzler on Wednesdays) LOL. I can't be
bothered with changing CD's when I'm working, I save those for down
time or travel :-)

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Message 5
From: Dan Dew
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 12:34:06 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30342] Re: Background noise
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My family is happy that I finally got an iPod, so they don't have to
listen also. Only thing is, they still don't like it when I sing
along, LOUDLY!

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Message 6
From: L Cass
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 12:38:34 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30343] images to view
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Hello All-

(I'd sent this privately to Barbara Mason and she [yes, I'm making you
responsible!] suggested I post it on to Baren for everyone to see) They're
pics of the pen drawings for the exhibition in France from which the
curator must choose -I uploaded them to the flickr facility to avoid
sending many emails with attachments - if you have the patience there's
also a selection of my woodcuts and a few ptgs
the drawings are actually on offwhite papers but the camera decided it was
grey and it's too late to take more (the camera was set on colour and maybe
that's why -has anyone suggestions for this problem?
address is:
I see the pics can also be uploaded to a blog (!!!) so I may be joining
you bloggers (hate that word) yet......

Louise Cass
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Message 7
From: Kris Shanks
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:50:43 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30344] Re: images to view
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You need to adjust the white balance setting of the camera, assuming
you're shooting with a digital. Nicer cameras will let you set your
white balance using a piece of white paper, less advanced cameras you
have to find the white balance setting that most closely matches
your light (indoor vs. outdoor, etc.). Without knowing your
particular camera and the lighting you were working with I can't make
more specific suggestions. You can also make adjustments in a photo
editing program like Photoshop with the levels command.

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Message 8
From: "Robert Viana"
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 15:57:51 -0200
Subject: [Baren 30345] Re: Background noise
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I think that I would probably horrify the lot of you with the background noise that I have.
My music ranges from extremly angry music to nora roberts.
Over all a nice up and down medley of anger, frustration and longing tied in with some soul searching, tearful angst.
Cheers, Rob
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Message 9
From: L Cass
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 13:33:57 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30346] Re: images to view
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Hello Kris -
Thanks so much for your suggestions - the camera used is an Olympus C5050Z
which belongs to my daughter and performs well. I used to do a lot of 35mm
bl & wh photography and my own processing -have 4 cameras I seldom use now
and need to acquire a digital obviously mostly for photographing my ptgs,
etc I can't spend a lot and was reading the specifications for the new Sony
Cyber-shot S600 (6mp) it sells for just under $300 here in Canada and they
say it's easy and quick and very well suited for shooting in museums, etc.
Are you well acquainted with digital cameras and can you offer any advice?
I know I should attempt to sell my old Leica and lenses but what one would
get compared to catalogue prices is ridiculous.
Incidentally, I enjoyed viewing your website!
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Message 10
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 12:13:47 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30347] Re: Woof! Woof!
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Such great little prints! I am on dial-up (very slow) & had no problem
loading. I went to the
group 14 to see the bulldog & I also really like the white dogs by
Fuqui. Such happy dogs!

I really like the split screen format for ease of viewing - fast &
easy! Thanks Sadako!

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Message 11
From: "phare-camp #"
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 17:05:12 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30348] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V34 #3406 (Mar 15, 2006)
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I like the blogs and when I have time I visit every one. Speaking of
time... if I've seemed distant, well I'm studying for my Masters and
working full time so I apologize for my negligence.

Speaking of MFA (which I'm doing in an on-line program through the Academy
of Art in S.F.); I'm taking a non-toxic etching class this semester; so if
my dog card is not in your collection yet it's because the class gave me an
idea for mixing woodcut and intaglio and have gone back to the drawing

Drawing...from where do I draw my ideas and how do I process
them...hhhmmmm...A Variety of Ways! In a zen mode I splatter, swirl,
splash and slap paint onto a sheet of paper. I then cut it into 1"-2"
peices. Then I make a very big painting (about 4'x5') of one of the 1"-2"
peices. Sometimes I also make a woodcut of the small peice. In that case
I scan it and mount the scan to the block then carve away--the resulting
print rarely looks anything like the original scan as cut marks become an
integral element in the final work. But that's just one technique. I've
tried drawing directly onto the block. That never seems to work out for
me. I do tranfer original drawings or collages made from original
drawings, photos and clip art onto a block or two or three or more
depending on the number of colors; and carve. Again the finished print
takes on a life of it's own because I get into a carving zone and the cut
marks end up in the final print, adding texture, mood or just plain to mental reversal--sometimes I do and sometimes I let the
computer do it for me. There are times when I've added text as an
afterthought and just cut it backward, but most of the time I have a basic
map mounted onto the block.

Music: well again it depends on what I'm doing and what mood I'm in. I
find that Alan Watts and Northern Indian Ragas put me into a perfect frame
of mind for my splatter and other abstract/non-subjective paintings. For
drawing and carving I prefer silence or the sounds of nature. For printing
I listen to all kinds of music but have found that classic rock usually
provides a good tempo for a working groove.

Now back to my studies...

Patti P-C
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Message 12
From: "hanna_platt #"
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 18:37:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [Baren 30349] editioning questions
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I'm working on a print that is a simple white line relief. I think its a monprint but sometimes I just use the line as a guild to paint or draw over so you can't see it any more does this make it a monotype or is it still a colle.
i decided on my colors after some experimenting and printed an edition. Are the prints I have in the other colors state proofs, monoprintss or what? And say if someone saw the print but wanted a different color could I do that or is it bad form because of the edition? I'm soooo
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Message 13
From: Blog Manager
Date: 16 Mar 2006 04:55:06 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30350] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (15 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Writing Backwards


Site Name: pressing-issues

Author: Ellen Shipley
Item: Wyvern Block


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