Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40315] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ... (ArtfulCarol # aol.com)
  2. [Baren 40316] Re: Baumann (Bobbi Chukran)
  3. [Baren 40317] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ... (Bobbi Chukran)
  4. [Baren 40318] Fw: For the Baren members (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 40319] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ... (georga garside)
  6. [Baren 40320] Re: The work of Oscar Droege (Louise Cass)
  7. [Baren 40321] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ... (Louise Cass)
  8. [Baren 40322] Fw: [caprintmakers] Art studio available (carol Montgomery)
  9. [Baren 40323] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: ArtfulCarol # aol.com
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:08:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40315] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ...
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Dave, thanks for this site.
On a busy morning I quickly went through all the pages and clicked on
only the woodblock images that grabbed me and enlarged them. Enthralling!
I'll go back and note the woodblock printers who really attracted me and will
search for more of their prints.
This kind of quick look might help anyone find the kind of direction they
may take in developing their own work.
Bye for now
Happy New Year!
Carol Lyons
Irvington, New York
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Message 2
From: Bobbi Chukran
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:44:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40316] Re: Baumann
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> I think he rolled his ink on the blocks or daubed it on, it is
> possible to get lots of mottled effects doing this but you have to
> be really good to get them the same from print to print if you are
> fooling around with mottled colors. Baumann's work has a great feel
> to it, he was certainly a great craftsman and not a bad artist
> either.>

Hi all,

I'm late coming in here, but also have a Baumann book, Nearer to
Art. He's my all time favorite woodcut artist.

The book I have says that he worked in traditional "oil and varnish-
based" inks. He also cut his blocks to allow the color of the paper
to show through. His prints were said to be "painterly" and the book
explains this is because he first painted a finished picture, then
used that for his model to make the print.

I think, in general, he used a lot of non-traditional methods.

Here's a bit from the book: "....the images now were built up from
six and seven blocks, with intermediate colors achieved by the
overprinting of translucent inks. With these new prints, Baumann
abandoned smooth Japanese papers for favor of the German Gladbach, a
stock that had more tooth, allowing the white of the paper to break
up flat areas of color with an impressionistic effect. These
advances Baumann had already explored in field studies in tempera on
brown paper."

I've been fascinated by Baumann's work since I first saw one of his
prints years ago. I finally actually got to see many of his original
prints in the museum in Taos, NM. They also had some very good litho
reproductions of his prints, and I bought one of them. Wish it was
an original, though. LOL

bobbi c.
http://www.bobbichukran.com
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Message 3
From: Bobbi Chukran
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:57:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40317] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ...
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> In a message dated 12/28/2009 3:57:11 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>davebull writes:
>http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/cwaj/online/index.html
Thanks, Dave!

And that one lead me to this one:

http://www.japaneseprintart.com

I'm really digging these Hagiwara abstracts.

bobbi c.
http://www.bobbichukran.com
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:39:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40318] Fw: For the Baren members
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This is a pretty clear video of how to tie a baren and how to hold it, the clamp is necessary for most women as you really have to be strong to hold it and twist the other side at the same time...I can barely do it without my husband holding it down for me. Three hands are better than two and I understand a foot will work as well :~)))
My best to all
Barbara

http://www.woodblockart.ca/how-to/WrapBaren.mov


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Graham Scholes
To: Barbara Mason
Sent: Sun, December 27, 2009 11:04:09 PM
Subject: For the Baren members


Hi Barbara...

Here is a little Xmas gift to the baren members....
Would you kindly put a notice on the Baren forum. Thanks,

I have linked a video on my site that shows how to tie the bambo husk on a Baren....
www.woodblockart.ca/how-to/ I have heard of many people that are not sure how to do this hesitate to try it.

Noboru Sawai was so gracious to let me video him for this clip.

I will leave it linked until Jan 2nd..... so it gives the baren members the opportunity to looky lou.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Graham
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Message 5
From: georga garside
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:46:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40319] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ...
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thanks for posting these. they are wonderful
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Message 6
From: Louise Cass
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:17:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40320] Re: The work of Oscar Droege
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His work is gorgeous! sometimes it seems a fluke that artists of ability
are not 'world renowned' - it does suggest that with so many it was/is a
question of lacking the driving ambition for recognition that is added
to the 'talent' of many?! and/or having friends in the right places - I
wonder what Droege's political leanings (if he had any) were in WWII?
Louise C.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
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Message 7
From: Louise Cass
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:16:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40321] Re: Online exhibition of Japanese work ...
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Dave - this is just too much (but most enjoyable)! I've just spent hours
looking at all the inspiring links you've sent and must get down to work
- it's too easy to procrastinate and so hard to produce ..
all the same, thanks for the links
Louise
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Message 8
From: carol Montgomery
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 21:43:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40322] Fw: [caprintmakers] Art studio available
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FYI


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Maryly
To: caprintmakers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Mon, December 28, 2009 11:24:24 AM
Subject: [caprintmakers] Art studio available


Dear fellow printmakers,
Studio #13, next door to me, will be available Feb. 3rd as a live-work studio or a non-live-in studio.
I've posted it to Craigslist.

Fabulous live-work art studio $2600
http://sfbay. craigslist. org/eby/apa/ 1525468441. html
Fabulous art studio (non-live-in) $2400
http://sfbay. craigslist. org/eby/apa/ 1525468441. html
I'm hoping some of you might have access to other artist email lists where you'd be willing to forward the craigslist listings or in letting me post something appropriate for your listserv.

Thanks!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Maryly Snow
Check out my new website!
www.snowstudios. com

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Subject: Christmas Squid
Posted by: Pistoles Press


So, the burner has been turned back on a lot of things while the world turns upside down like a snow globe over the holidays. Projects, thoughts, and obligations swirl madly around and I just wait in the middle for everything to fall into place on the ground. It's a waste of energy to try and run after them after all. We did end up with a white christmas that I'm very thankful for but is very hazardous to drive in. You can check out photos at www.journeytomiddleearth.blogspot.com.
I had started this series of three prints to add to my Limulus and Trilobites print to flesh out a show I'm slated to have in April along with Anne Cheeks and Robin *. I'm hoping to print up some Trilobites the first weekend in January but in the mean time I'm entertaining myself with this new project. I'm still having a little burn out with the Trilobite and Limulus project as it just feels like it's dragging on now but some of that is due in part to the "start/stop" aspect of it. I (like many other artists) like to see a project through and don't like stopping for things like day jobs, eating, sleeping....LOL, but that's life. Another reason I'll address next.

Here is the block for the first of three oil based prints I'll call the Bioluminescent Series. Firefly Squids put on a quite a show in Japan and I've always wanted to try the concept out in printmaking. I sketched out squids for a few days and I couldn't get the tentacles quite like I wanted them. Finally, I closed them up in an encasement as a squid does when it moves and for some reason that seemed best to me. Curious, considering I love writhing swirling tentacles. At any rate, the concept is to print at least three under print patterns of the squid body frame in a transparent white and then print a transparent base pattern of stippling to represent the photophors present in marine animals bioluminescent flesh. I would then dust these with . . .
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