Today's postings

  1. [Baren 37998] Re: More Baren videos update - Andy English (Julio.Rodriguez #
  2. [Baren 37999] Exchange #39 prints finished; next time use bigger margins/blocks (Rosposfe #
  3. [Baren 38000] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:05:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37998] Re: More Baren videos update - Andy English
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Check out a couple of new video links on the Baren blog by our very own
Andy English, including an Open Studio tour.

If you know Andy's work you know he makes those exquisite engravings on
boxwood and pearwood. He has been a member at since 1999, a
contributor to many Baren exchanges and makes his home in Cambridge,
England. His website and online gallery are at :

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Message 2
From: Rosposfe #
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 05:50:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37999] Exchange #39 prints finished; next time use bigger margins/blocks
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Well, rainy weather made for perfect printing here in Santa Cruz,
California and a few long night sessions after the kids were in bed and a few long
morning sessions after they were off to school and I finished printing early
this morning!
A big problem was the false economy of getting blocks just a little
bigger than the paper and image size meant that I had just a 1/4 inch border
along the kento side and the top and bottom about an inch to the sides so I had to
be REALLY careful inking the blocks as the small border of paper would get
smudged/picked up ink unless I was equally careful with the baren while
printing. SO, while I saved a few bucks in wood I spent easily 3 times as much time
printing. I'd have save lots of time if I used a bigger piece of wood and
paper to move my kento away from the image and trimmed the paper to size after
All in all, I had far fewer problems this go-around technically. I
figured out which side of the paper was sized, printed drier than I had in the past
and was aided by the rare week of humidity so my reject rate was just a
handful of prints instead of my usual 30-50%.
The bad news was I "discovered" that a nagging problem with the
design/image won't just go away by carving it in wood and printing it 40 times or with
the addition of more colors. But, I guess I knew that already.
Well. Time to get cracking on the Year of the Ox.

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Subject: Toh-less Carving
Posted by: Annie B

I've been invited to participate in an exchange print portfolio by a group of Boston-area illustrators called "Limited/Unlimited." The image area (8" x 9"), paper size and type (12" x 16", probably Rives), and ink colors have all been chosen. Interpretation of the theme is up to the artist.


The ink colors are red and blue, which I've found VERY limiting. I just can't stop seeing Shepard Fairey's Obama poster in my mind's eye. I've always wanted to try doing a portrait, and I have some portraits coming up in my Pilgrims series, so I finally decided to give in and try a portrait.

Rather than do Obama, I've decided to work with Lincoln as he is portrayed in the Lincoln Memorial statue. I found a photo online and used it as a base for my carving, pasting the printout right onto the block. Here I'm peeling away the back of the paper to reveal the image:


Then I wipe on some mineral oil to make the image completely visible:

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Subject: Crisis of Confidence
Posted by: Robert Simola

For my most recent wood block I suffered a crisis of confidence. Knowing I have no real artistic background, that the embarrassingly few art classes I have taken have been scattered through and separated by decades, and with the vision in my right eye wobbling between almost usable and looking out through an impenetrable fog, I decided to trace the image I was planning on using as the basis of my next print. I found the result illuminating. While the tracing bears a nodding similarity to the original image, it also looked like the death mask of a cadaver. But most importantly, the tracing didn?t capture the underlying sadness I wanted the finished print to express.

And now that I didn?t cough nor the surgeon sneeze at a critical time, that there wasn?t an earthquake during the surgery, that a meteor didn?t come from outer space and crash into a power pole right outside the surgery center causing the electricity to go off, that there were neither fire ants nor scorpions biting either me or the surgeon, and I can actually see again, I have a drawing I am happy with instead of a tracing that made me feel like a cheat.

So, some valuable lessons: Short cuts take more . . .
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