Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44914] Re: more re new tools etc (Louise Cass)
  2. [Baren 44915] Re: EXCHANGE 52 Now Open (Lisa Toth)
  3. [Baren 44916] Re: more re new tools etc (ArtfulCarol #
  4. [Baren 44917] Re: more re new tools etc ("Ellen Shipley")
  5. [Baren 44918] Re: more re new tools etc (Louise Cass)
  6. [Baren 44919] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Louise Cass
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:17:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44914] Re: more re new tools etc
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Hi Olek
Can resist a reply to your thoughts re "this Hockney's" use
of new tools - I've seen him in interviews and he comes
across as a modest and intelligent artist - David Hockney's
reputation in Britain has pretty well come to equal that of
Francis Bacon - Hockney originally used the iphone to make
and send spontaneous images to friends and things obviously
took off from there - promotion of the iphones and ipads
doesn't come in to it at all - he is a widely exhibited
artist constantly interested in exploring new means of
expression - you may not like his work as he's so much more
palatable than Bacon but his sincerity- for want of a better
word- cannot be doubted - official website is

Another most interesting book of interviews with a
painter is writer (who is presently director of the New York
Institute for the Humanities) Lawrence Weschler's "True to
Life: Twenty-five Years of Conversations with David Hockney
(1908) which inquires into the creative process and the
nature of art. This book came into being after Hockney had
phoned Weschler to say he disagreed with almost everything
the writer had said in a previous book of conversations with
Robert Irwin (1982) -thus started another series of

Printmakers may find all this somewhat off topic but surely
we're all involved in questions of creativity and 'what is
art?' etc, as well as technical stuff only related to woodcuts?
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Message 2
From: Lisa Toth
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 22:18:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44915] Re: EXCHANGE 52 Now Open
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Hi Kristine, I signed up for exchange #52 yesterday, but as of today my name has not been added to the list and I see that the list has already been updated today. Let me know if I need to resubmit. Thanks.
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Message 3
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 22:29:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44916] Re: more re new tools etc
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To each his own as far as tools go. However I would prefer woodblock
prints for Barenforum to keep to the traditional ways This above all --
Whatever is done, be honest about it.

A necessity for me is the one humble tool has that not been mentioned
---the light box. I use it for compositions and to move around shapes and to
see how overlays will look.

As for sketching, I fly coast to coast about twice a year and that gives me
two windows of opportunity of 5 about hours each. My husband's hands have
been the subject on those travels for many years. I enjoy the practice and
it keeps me from feeling guilty about not sketching at other times. I never
expect to turn the sketches into woodblock prints. I sketch feet too, but
not on the plane!!
Be happy, healthy and excited in the New Year!
Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY
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Message 4
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:08:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44917] Re: more re new tools etc
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Ha! I guess I can count my sliding patio door as a printmaking tool because I use it as a lightbox! ;->

I enjoyed the Bacon quote. Average folks would be astonished/horrified at what goes into making the art they like. ;- ]

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Message 5
From: Louise Cass
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:09:22 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44918] Re: more re new tools etc
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a PS to previous - everyone out there forgive me rambling on
but (re Olek's quote) YES of course the Bacon and Sylvester
dialogue is brilliant and Bacon's view is comforting and
appealing BUT much modern art and thinking has gone over
into the realms of philosophy/physics etc the place and
validity of which is constantly being evaluated and
questioned so the impermanent and nonphysical and
selfindulgent qualities of what we were discussing fall
into this strange new category of art which is anathema to
some but taken seriously by so many...............

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Tracing progress ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

No, I don't mean 'tracing the progress', I mean 'progress of the tracing'!

Here's where I've got so far:

I 'lost' a few hours tracing time yesterday afternoon, because I went for 'a walk in the park'. Not for fun, for work! I have some ideas for the next print series - the one that will be starting up in April - and I needed to look at some things in Showa Memorial Park, a short train ride from here, to see if they would be useful in my planning ...

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Subject: The Very Latest! Photos to come...
Posted by: Maria


I have received blocks from a bunch of loyal citizens, pictures upcoming in a torrent in the next few days/weeks.

Welcome to the City:
Andrea Hollatz-Brown Fountain Valley California USA
Carole Carroll  Seattle Washington USA
Jenn White Sandford Victoria AUSTRALIA
Candace Nicol  Reno Nevada USA
Wendy Morris  Spokane Washington USA
Margaret Krakowiak Nashville Tennessee USA
Lynne Hubner McKinney Texas USA
Debra James Percival Ottawa Ontario CANADA
Allan Greenier New Haven Connecticut USA
Wendy Willis Phoenix Arizona USA
Terry Sargent Peart Seattle Washington USA
Andrew Gott Hixson Tennessee USA
Ralph Heather  Paris Ontario CANADA
Rachel Midori Sugo Miyagu Santos Sao Paulo BRAZIL
Mellissa Read-Devine New South Wales AUSTRALIA
Claudia Aparecida Ruiz Ferreira Ribeiro Sao Paulo BRAZIL
Guadalupe Victorica Monterrey MEXICO
Fiona Humphrey Birmingham West Midlands UK
Jerelee Basist Maryland USA
Randie Feil Victoria BC CANADA
Misty Haskins Springfield Oregon USA

This makes 74 citizens have come home and 36 still out there. Please please please get the blocks in as soon as possible so I can begin planning the Great Printing Party.

Some important links:

THE BLOG! Where everything happens:

The place to send information about your city block:
. . .
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Subject: New projects in a New Year
Posted by: Andrew Jagniecki

"Mirror Pond"

"Morning Catch"

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