Today's postings

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  2. [Baren 45231] Linda Beeman blog (Linda Beeman)
  3. [Baren 45232] opportunity (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 45233] Urasian art (Eileen Corder)
  5. [Baren 45234] Re: Urasian art (Margaret Chaney)
  6. [Baren 45235] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Laughing Crow Studio
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:52:42 GMT
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Message 2
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:21:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45231] Linda Beeman blog
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Thank you Gayle, but it showed up in the feed I get from Baren. I assumed it showed in all of them.
Still happy to have more visitors!
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From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:38:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45232] opportunity
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I have the catalog from the last exhibit and it was pretty good so think this might be a good one to apply for
My best to all


Show your work in Cornwall at :
The third A4 Open Printmakers International Competition, 2012

This prestigious exhibition will be held at The Poly in Falmouth from 29th August 3rd Sept UK and Wheal Martin St Austell from 13 27 Oct

Entry fee for up to 3 prints is 40 UK, 45 non-UK resident
Prizes and awards:
We are now receiving work in all printmaking processes, with the
Deadline of the 30th June 2012

Please visit our
to see the details and conditions for participation

And please kindly pass this message on to anyone you think will be interested.
Thank you very much!

Pat King
With my best wishes from Cornwall.
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Message 4
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:44:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45233] Urasian art
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If you're interested in early Eurasian (8-1st Cent BCE) nomad art check out
these slides:
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Message 5
From: Margaret Chaney
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:08:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45234] Re: Urasian art
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Interesting. Thank you.

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

Subject: Poor People I Have Known and Loved
Posted by: Annie B

Economics is a mental topic. Money, which is just pieces of paper or metal or electronic bits in a computer, is imaginary in some respects. It's valuable because we think it is. It's a tool of the mind, a vehicle for making our dreams and imaginings come true.

I like the mind, and much of my artwork is idea-driven, but I need a good amount heart energy, too, to connect me with the work. So I decided that in order to do these next prints, which examine cliches that use the same imagery for both wealth and poverty, I needed to find an emotional point of entry. And there's nothing like family to pluck the heart strings.

My father, Harry Bissett, came from an impoverished family living in a paper mill town in northern New Hampshire. He was born in 1924, the 9th of 10 children. I remember he used to tell me stories of picking rags or blueberries to earn a little money, and of getting an orange once a year in his Christmas stocking. He barely made it through school (his teachers thought he might have been a little "retarded"), and he was an accident-prone child -- he fell out of a tree and shattered his arm, stepped on a nest of yellow jackets and received hundreds of stings, stepped in a pan of hot grease and scalded his foot. When he joined the army in 1942 and was shipped to North Africa and Europe for WWII, his mother sold all his belongings because she was sure he'd never make it back.

He did make it back, and he never spoke badly of his time in the army. The army gave him his first pair of glasses, which cured his low IQ score as well as his proclivity for accidents. And the army gave him a college education. He became a social worker because he wanted to give back some of what he had received.

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Subject: The Massive Project comes to the home stretch
Posted by: Maria

In my excitement, I forgot to mention my massive project!
All the details are in my other blog,

This image is one of 112 received for the City of the World project, contributed by Frank Trueba from Felton California.

This item is taken from the blog 1000 Woodcuts Updates.
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Subject: Two commissions and a massive project
Posted by: Maria

My time these days is taken up sunrise to sunset. I am finished with one commission and getting close to finishing another. These come rarely and only when I'm busy and all at the same time. I had to turn down two others this year because even I know my limit.

Here's a peek at one of the  illustrations for a publisher of Kipling books:
I thought it turned out kind of cool. It's tough for me to make something "look like a woodcut" without actually cutting it but the scope of the commission just didn't allow for that kind of time investment. So I started the way I usually start, with a real subject, in this case a pine cone.

After a photo session with my pine cone, I imported into Photoshop and applied some filters until I was satisfied with a very lightly rendered image. Then I just traced it with a brush as if I was cutting it with my chisels. A bit time consuming, but the result is very woodcut like, perhaps more like a wood engraving and it has my "hand" style deeply embedded in it. Or so I think, anyway, it actually looks like I drew it and carved it.

Spring is here . . .
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Subject: Along the West coast of the US, two more citizens
Posted by: Maria

Frank Trueba from Felton, California USA, says this about his contribution:

My ancestry is Spanish and I found when I visited relatives in Spain as a child it gave me a better perspective as a citizen of the world. I also became acutely interested and educated in the contributions of Spanish culture to the world and thus have tried to carve something that encompasses all that. Hopefully my image is recognizable as an outline of Spain containing a famous depiction of Don Quixote de la Mancha. 

While there are many images of Spanish culture I could have chosen (bull, flamenco dancer, etc) I find that an image of Don Quixote rendered by Picasso does the best in capsulizing the range and breath of Spanish contributions to world culture: the Cervantes novel, first published in 1605, is considered, by many, to be the first modern novel and unarguably the greatest piece of literature of the Spanish Golden Age and Picasso's (1881-1973) contributions to art are also inescapable--together they symbolize centuries of Spanish contributions to art and literature.

A personal favorite since I'm also from Spain! Thank you Frank.

And our infatigable Baren Mall Manager and so many other things Barbara Mason in Aloha Oregon USA, sends us this image and a cool t-shirt! for me:

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