Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31953] Baren Mall Thanks ("April Vollmer")
  2. [Baren 31954] Sign-up for Baren Exchange #31 (The Alphabet) begins in 15 minutes ("Mike Lyon")
  3. [Baren 31955] sketching question (cairn) ("Oscar Bearinger")
  4. [Baren 31956] Re: sketching question (cairn) ("M Pereira")
  5. [Baren 31957] Re: sketching question (cairn) (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 09:27:33 -0400
Subject: [Baren 31953] Baren Mall Thanks
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So may I take this opportunity to thank Barbara, Bridget (who I don't
know!), Sadako and Matsumara-san?

Baren Mall is a wonderful resource for specialty hanga supplies from Japan.
Thank you very much!!


(One thing I love about moku hanga is that we have such great suppliers:
Alex at McClain's is a delight, and I just had a very nice meeting with Art
Guerra, where I buy pigment dispersions. We need all these folks!)

>Very little of my work goes into the Mall these days April - all the
day-to-day flow of the operation is
>handled by Barbara - Bridget - Sadako - Matsumura-san ...

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Message 2
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 09:45:55 -0500
Subject: [Baren 31954] Sign-up for Baren Exchange #31 (The Alphabet) begins in 15 minutes
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Sign-up for Baren Exchange #31 (The Alphabet) begins in about 15 minutes
(3pm GMT October 1, 2006):

Medium: woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour,
any pigments, any paper)

Theme: The Alphabet (characters to be assigned in order of sign-up)

Paper: Chuban about 10 x 7.5 inches (25.5 x 19cm)

Registration period: One month starting October 1 , 2006 (or until 30
participants are enrolled)

Deadline for finished prints: February 1st, 2007

Sign-up here:

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 3
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 16:02:51 -0400
Subject: [Baren 31955] sketching question (cairn)
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hello everyone
the woodcut jigsaw is a wonderful, crazy concept, Maria, from your mind and imagination, yet it is also very real, here in front of me, an unusually shaped woodblock and a definite intention (cairn). this balance of the mind and the actual is what is the best in art for me.

in my sketching process for the cairn block I've had quite an experience. after sketching in black (charcoal) on white paper and getting into many tangents, I did a black charcoal form in the shape of the woodblock and used an eraser to draw with. I am very happy with what came out for me!

I've continued to do this with other prints I'm developing and found the experience somewhat different. I find myself intimidated or reluctant in beginning to draw with the eraser.

I'm wondering whether others have had this experience with this type of drawing. I've also painted black "blanks" and drawn with white ink. I'm struck with the difference for me, in approaching a black background as opposed to approaching a white (paper) background.

interested if anyone has thoughts or comments on this.

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Message 4
From: "M Pereira"
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 00:24:19 -0200
Subject: [Baren 31956] Re: sketching question (cairn)
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I like what you write. I think it's good for the
transformation of what becomes always
the same.
I have used eraser in drawings, yes, it
makes good stuff.
Do you understand what I say?
Have I expressed well my thought?
Best wishes

PS,. Oscar , show us these images please.
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 23:37:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 31957] Re: sketching question (cairn)
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One of the first printmaking assignments I ever had was to roll up a piece of plexiglas (acrylic) in black litho ink...this in itself is a challenge, to get a dark roll up that is totally black. And then remove the whites to make the image. (q-tips are the printmakers friend) I think many instructors use this technique to get students to think backwards. Most printing is thinking backwards as it reverses when printed. After 20 years or so I now think of compositions as good right to left or left to right. Except for words or obvious landmarks, I find either is pleasing for me. I know many artists who find this extremely hard, so these beginning lessons in black and white and reductive image making really begin the printmaking experience for most artists. You are well on your way to good work. Enforced dyslexia. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
Best to all,