Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30359] Re: Background noise & Process (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 30360] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3408 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 30361] Carving in Public ("Ellen Shipley")
  4. [Baren 30362] Re: Influences and other such things.... (Julio.Rodriguez #
  5. [Baren 30363] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 09:00:17 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30359] Re: Background noise & Process
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Like others, what I listen to depends on what stage of the process I'm in.
Sometimes I need quiet, sometimes I want accompaniment. My musical tastes
range from folk to alternative, but I also listen to National Public Radio
and, because I'm trying to learn Japanese language, I listen to "Radio
Japan" broadcasts via the internet.

I also sometimes use music as a means to enhance the print itself; that is,
I choose music that's reflective of the subject matter of the print. For
instance, when I was working on the print I made for Exchange #26, which
showed 3 women in burkas, I listened to an internet radio station that plays
middle eastern music. I like to think that doing that helps me make a deeper
connection to the work.

I love Tyrus's story about carving at Starbucks! I want to try that
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 08:22:26 -0700
Subject: [Baren 30360] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3408
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Music would interrupt the
"rhythms" I'm already playing with my blades.

Ahh and I find music gives me rhythmn. Art does have a rhythmn doesn't

Another question, how many of you work in public and how does that affect
you?? And why do you do that if you do???

When I was first out of art school I found working in public intimidating.
I did not like people looking at what I was doing. That has changed a lot
for me. I love to take my sketch book out with me and draw whatever I see.
Here in Baja I take it down town to the square and draw people sitting in
the park.
Also here in Baja, since our space is very small I often sit just out in the
open stairway/hall at a table and carve. Few notice but those that do often
ask questions and I enjoy the interaction.
When I am in Washington I often take my finished editon over to the Moose
Lodge and sit at a nice big table by one of the big picture windows to sign
it. No one ever bothers me and the light there is much better than in that
stupid mobile we were living in. Now that we have moved into our house that
wiill change, thank heavens.
I am loving all the discussion.
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Message 3
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 08:28:26 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30361] Carving in Public
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I'll be doing a couple of school demos starting next week. It'll be the
first time I've carved or printed in public. Usually when I do these things
I'm demonstrating spinning and fiber arts as part of a medieval group called
Past Times. But I wanted to give this a try.

The students are generally well behaved so I shouldn't have to worry about
inky fingers reaching for my sharp tools. But I will have to give a little
speel about block printing in the middle ages. This will also be my first
attempt at printing by hand, and I'll need to practice up.

I've read about a "hit it with a hammer" method, which I might try. Also
the burnishing with something hard and rounded -- I've got a river rock and
a wooden egg. ;-> I did order a student baren, but as it's a Japanese
tool, I'd like to avoid it if I possibly can for my European demo. We
attempt to stay "in period" and I'll be in medieval garb (with dangling
sleeves, no less) and speaking "forsoothly."

Any suggestions for working in public will be gratefully appreciated. Wish
me luck!

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Message 4
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 11:41:39 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30362] Re: Influences and other such things....
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For background noise I like to listen to a variety of musical
styles......sometimes I am in my blues mood and Buddy Guy or some of the
other old Chicago blues players help me out....other times I may go for
Classical (Segovia), Flamenco (Paco DeLucia) and of course my favorite
Cuban music with it's hot Afro-Cuban rythms ( Celia Cruz, Buena Vista
Club, Cachao, Cubanismo, etc)....I mostly like guitars.....

If you are looking for a great set of prints for inspiration look no
further that our very own Exchange #23....this was a theme exchange titled
"Tribute to a most
influential printmaker'. Looking over those prints online (again !)
showcased some really excellent work...a total winner. Make sure you read
the notes
that accompany each print.

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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 18 Mar 2006 04:55:12 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30363] 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. (14 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: David Bull, Woodblock Printmaker

Item: Barrelling along ...


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Copying Hiratsuka


Site Name: Flights of Art

Author: Carol
Item: A working weekend

Author: Carol
Item: Tea Menus


Site Name: m.Lee Prints

Author: m.Lee
Item: Tools


Site Name: on this block

Author: Michael Fraley
Item: Christ Pantocrator ... planning stages

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