Today's postings

  1. [Baren 39540] Tibetan Buddhist woodblock printmaking (Eileen Corder)
  2. [Baren 39541] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V48 #4923 (Aug 6, 2009) (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 39542] RES: Tibetan Buddhist woodblock printmaking ("Murilo Pereira")
  4. [Baren 39543] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 16:24:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39540] Tibetan Buddhist woodblock printmaking
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Many thanks, Sharen, for your links to Buddhist Printing at the Derge
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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 20:45:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39541] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V48 #4923 (Aug 6, 2009)
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Question??? Those of you who use linoleum for your prints, what do
you use for fill when you have an off cut? I don't have much and not
anything deep. I had stuff, but left it in mexico and don't even know
what it was???

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Message 3
From: "Murilo Pereira"
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:46:55 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39542] RES: Tibetan Buddhist woodblock printmaking
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Subject: [Forest in Summer - 19] : Wrapup ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Forest in Summer - 18] | Starting point of the thread is [Forest in Summer - 1]

With the first batch of prints now dried and ready for signing, here's a 'roundup' of some things that might be of interest; first, a few links:

  • the slideshow illustrating the entire printing process is now online here
  • a hi-res enlargement of the finished print is here
  • the web page of the print, with links to story excerpts, etc., is here

Now. Given that this print obviously has its roots in a photograph, I thought it might be interesting to show you how it came together.

The story being illustrated is the 'Forest in Summer' chapter in the 'My Solitudes', so when trying to come up with a design, I spent a lot of time up at my camping spot (it's only a few minutes walk from home) strolling around looking for inspiration.

It's not the most beautiful forest. The whole area was clearcut around 60 years ago, and it has grown back in fits and starts, with the different landowners handling maintenance in different ways (or not at all). And as I mentioned back at the beginning of this thread, it was very difficult to come up with an attractive concept - there are no 'vistas' in these woods, just a whole bunch of trees all crammed together fairly tightly.

This means that there are lots of photogenic details, but no 'views'. So the idea came to mind to focus closely on one of the more interesting trees, to try and make an interesting composition out of it. I walked and walked, but didn't come across anything that really jumped up and said 'look at me!'

But one day, when I was having a lunch break down at the river park near my home (I'm very nicely sandwiched between river and hills), I came across this specimen of keyaki tree (Zelkova Serrata):

As it happens, it stands right next to one of the posts that measures distance down the river to the sea. The sign reads "Left bank of the Tama River; 61 kilometers from the sea."

Now this is a tree with character, and lots of possibilities. The first problem is that it 'lives' down by the river, not up in the forest where I go camping. Well ... what can I say ... I cheated ... I 'moved' . . .
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