Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34128] Re: Photos on the Digest (L Cass)
  2. [Baren 34129] Re: Hanshita Techniques (Annie Bissett)
  3. [Baren 34130] Re: Photos on the Digest ("Mike Lyon")
  4. [Baren 34131] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #4054 ("Marilynn Smith")
  5. [Baren 34132] Lighting and all (Reneeaugrin #
  6. [Baren 34133] studio lights.... (Julio.Rodriguez #
  7. [Baren 34134] Re: Photos on the Digest (ArtfulCarol #
  8. [Baren 34135] Re: studio lights.... (David Harrison)
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Message 1
From: L Cass
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 10:37:23 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34128] Re: Photos on the Digest
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Wanda - I don't see any photos coming up when I click on the address
below??? and BTW I didn't want my remarks re blogs seem to be
disparaging - I do take the time
every so often to view many and find the works in progress and
discussions v interesting and can only admire the energy it takes to
accomplish all this..... I'm
obviously too disorganized and technically challenged to accomplish same!

However between the blog and lighting discussions ( I work by
daylight with a lamp on my worktable for prints- as Tom mentions it
gives a raking light on the blocks- there was track
with floodlights already here which I haven't yet changed - it is
good to be able to view your work in different lighting situations -
usually galleries have lighting that's
much stronger than in the homes where ptgs and prints end up - I
often wonder if vendors discuss lighting with buyers and the magic of
how colours disappear totally in darkness)
- it looks like baren forum is back on track!

(nice 'Bluefish' painting Viza)!

that's an unusual Utamaro print - v. strong but why does the auction
house mention 'colour good' when it's b&w - I thought I was missing

Louise C.
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Message 2
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:07:17 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34129] Re: Hanshita Techniques
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Leigh, thanks for sharing your experiences with using acetate for a
hanshita. It sounds every bit as difficult as I had imagined! I'll
report back if I try it myself.

Tom, your comment about having a light source that can bounce light
off the surface of the block so you can check if the water balance is
correct is a great point. I do that often with my "swing arm" lamp.

I'd go see Karen Kunc in a heartbeat if I lived closer to NY! If
anybody goes, would you mind reporting back? It's great to hear about
such events and workshops. I really appreciated the reports Barbara
and Sharri gave on Richard Steiner's workshop.

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Message 3
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:09:59 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34130] Re: Photos on the Digest
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Hi, Louise!

It's a 'typical' Utamaro portrayal of a young woman in the drawing of the
features, but unusual in the way she (or possibly 'he' -- could be a boy,
too, I suppose) is portrayed the way Daruma is often painted. Perhaps it's
a mitate (parody) -- if only I could read that beautiful poetic script,
maybe I could tell -- but I can't!

I offered the link because the print is such a simple one (two or three
blocks) and (to me) so beautiful and effective!

Auction houses and other sellers typically rate Color, Impression, and
Condition separately -- color problems usually refer fading (sumi doesn't
fade, so not surprising that color is 'fine' -- this auction house uses the
word 'mint' or sometimes, 'minty mint mint' to express the very BEST of the
best -- but 'fine' means it's excellent). Impression refers to the print
itself -- as blocks were printed and reprinted, the fine lines chipped more
and more -- also, registration and the quality of the printing are
considered. Condition reports paper toning, worm holes, repairs, trimming,
foxing, stains, folds and creases, etc.

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 4
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:27:18 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34131] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #4054
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Interesting new experience. I was playing yesterday with my older akua
pigments and doing a monotype. When I went to wash out the butcher tray I
had put them in I loved all the colors running together, so I grabbed a
piece of thin paper and just pushed it into the tray. than I washed out
more pigment and did it again. I have a block print that needs a background
so I thought this marbled color effect might work well. The paper had been
dry so I took my brush and water and dampened it to print it today. When I
did this it bled all over the place. I do not even know what type of paper
this is. Therefore I am not sure if it is paper or pigment, but I would err
toward paper. I have used akau kolor before and have not had it bleed out.
I say this to suggest that when you do prints that you think might have to
be redampened be sure of your paper. I enjoy using various kinds of paper
and in this case the bleeding out will not be a problem as they will not be
dampened again. If you are not just experimenting with stuff than use a
good paper that you know for the best results. I am a bad person to say
this because I do not do always do what I suggest.

Happy printing, Marilynn
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Message 5
From: Reneeaugrin #
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 12:56:39 EDT
Subject: [Baren 34132] Lighting and all
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Greetings to all,

It is so nice to have the 'big room' filled with everyone's comments again.
I have been lurking and lazy -- enjoying the summertime. I did finish and
send my cairn 'rock' to Maria and am looking forward to seeing our Cairn take

Are we all still looking for a topic for the next exchange? May I suggest
"story-telling"? I don't know if this is too broad or vague -- but it is just
a start.

Thank you all for the suggestions and advise on lighting -- I have a new
space to work in which has windows on the north, west and south face, but have
not yet installed the lighting -- the timing is serendipitous!


beautiful sunny (so far) Oregon
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Message 6
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 12:51:27 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34133] studio lights....
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Ha, lightning ?????

You bunch of cry-babies with your long fluorescent bulbs and your daylight
tubes....spoiled brats I say...that's not the way to is a lucky
guy doing it the old fashioned way...and being happy about it !

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Message 7
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 14:34:31 EDT
Subject: [Baren 34134] Re: Photos on the Digest
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About what Mike said and what is written on this print, according to the
linked information, these kinds of poems are often satires.
I'm sure we could make up something of our own

Carol Lyons
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Message 8
From: David Harrison
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 19:38:51 +0100
Subject: [Baren 34135] Re: studio lights....
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Think you're tough, eh, eh? I bet you still have enough light to see by. Some
of us work in a gloomy cellar with no illumination, carving only by touch! So