Today's postings

  1. [Baren 32459] Re: Year of the Boar Exchange - Important - Please read ! (Julio.Rodriguez #
  2. [Baren 32460] Re: Baren Digest (old) V37 #3733 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 32461] Re: Post - New member. (L Cass)
  4. [Baren 32462] Re: Post - New member. (LAiNE)
  5. [Baren 32463] Re: Post - New member. (LAiNE)
  6. [Baren 32464] Thank You ("matthew kinzel")
  7. [Baren 32465] I am still alive ("Robert Viana")
  8. [Baren 32466] Re: I am still alive (Charles Morgan)
  9. [Baren 32467] Vegas ("Jean Womack")
  10. [Baren 32468] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V37 #3733 (Dec 19, 2006) ("Jean Womack")
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Message 1
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 09:02:24 -0600
Subject: [Baren 32459] Re: Year of the Boar Exchange - Important - Please read !
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We had a small blackout during which our signup script lost a few names as
people were signing up.....the signup dates in question are 12/8-12/12
....we think we added everyone missing to the list ( Julie Sparks, Georga
Garside & Ellen Shipley) but please take a minute and check the page to
make sure that you are there....

If you already sent your Boar prints or have printed the names & addresses
for mailing...please check back and make sure you have a current list.

Finally......signup will close on 12/21/06.

thanks....Julio Rodriguez
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 07:18:27 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32460] Re: Baren Digest (old) V37 #3733
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Congrats to both Matthew and Laine, our new members. You are both doing
some nice stuff. Welcome aboard.

I do not know if this woodcarving stuff is an illness or an addiction, but
once you start it seems nearly impossible to quit.

Why is it that taking a piece of wood and putting marks on it and making it
something other than just wood is so enticing??? As I was working on my
last piece I sat and wondered why I wanted to make this wood do what I
wanted??? I am one who goes with how the wood seems to want to be , but
also, often have at least a beginning plan. Force is not usually in my
thoughts but this time I did feel a bit like I was forcing my will upon a
piece of wood. I certainly have a lot more to learn. However, when, I
think back on the last number of years that I have been carving wood I can
say I have grown slowly and learned mountains of stuff. Often it seems an
uphill battle when it comes to printing hanga style. I just seem not to be
a precision person, so preplanning and dropping things perfect every time is
always an effort. Yet I want color prints, what a dichotomy??? New and old
alike, just keep carving and working.

Thinking on wanting color and not preplanning, perhaps this non tool person
should learn how to use a jig saw. Seems i now own a bench press for
cutting holes in my rocks. Goodness, and I did not even know how to use any
tools when I started carving least of all how to sharpen one.

Merry Christmas,
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Message 3
From: L Cass
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 10:29:16 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32461] Re: Post - New member.
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Delightful print, Laine - I also enjoyed reading the accounts of your
travels , you lucky people! couldn't connect to your web site - what
sort of work are you doing in Japan?
Louise Cass
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Message 4
From: LAiNE
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 00:39:35 +0900
Subject: [Baren 32462] Re: Post - New member.
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Thanks for the great feedback Charles!

I'm currently starting in on print 2..... something a little larger
and a few more details. I'm hoping it will work out to be 8 colors
in total.... a little more challenging than the last. I found some
great washi paper that I will be using, and I'm trying to find ways
to work with the paper to preserve the beautiful deckled edge.

I'd love to see your work...... have you got a link?

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Message 5
From: LAiNE
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 00:46:01 +0900
Subject: [Baren 32463] Re: Post - New member.
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Thanks for the great feedback Louise!

I'm currently working as an english language teacher here in Japan.
I work with my partner in a small school in the Japanese
countryside. We are located in a very artistic area of Japan with
the center of washi paper production only 15 minutes from my door.
Its truly an amazing experience!

When I'm not teaching, I am deeply involved in artistic practice.....
mainly hanga, but also various other facets of creativity. Here I
have the opportunity to experience uniquely Japanese processes, and I
have been trying to take advantage of that opportunity as much as
possible. I have have started some pottery classes and have been
continuing in photography. Hanga, however, has been at the center of
my creativity these days!

I have yet to check out your site, but I will try to later today.
Sorry you couldn't connect to my site. It is a flash-based website,
and without the plugin it won't load for you. Try again and it
should prompt you to download the plugin... from there you can enter.

All the best & Happy holidays!
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Message 6
From: "matthew kinzel"
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 11:01:44 -0700
Subject: [Baren 32464] Thank You
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Holy smoke,

You are all very positive and supportive here at Baren. (I keep wanting to write "Baron", but that is does not reflect at all the attitude around here. Perhaps, it's an understandable mistake; so far I've only used the back of a spoon to pressure the paper onto my woodcuts).

Charles - Nice to know some other Canadians are out there.

Laine - I like that your Boar is quiet in the wild. It speaks to me of the potential in a new year.

Jean - The book I found was a technical manual on woodcut and block printing. I'm afraid that what I read is almost all technical, occasionally, I'll break down and read something creative; but only when infected by anothers excitement. The book inspired me when I saw the deliberate nature of making woodcuts and how such "simple" work could result in a very energetic piece of art. I steal the term "energy" from another member of this forum's generous comment on one of my prints; my creative vocabulary is pretty limited. My motivation (that I hadn't considered until now) would then be to try and capture this energy in my prints - and that will help me to develop an artistic sense to be applied to other aspects of life, for example: woodworking or parenting... or perhaps it's just the motivation to try something new and explore a different way of looking.

Gayle - Thanks for all the printing tips. Your suggestions make sense and I'm going to reprint all my blocks with your suggestions in mind.

Take care all,

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Message 7
From: "Robert Viana"
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:01:58 -0200
Subject: [Baren 32465] I am still alive
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Hello friends,
Just want to let you all know I am still alive. I got into an accident and have been on a unauthorized "vacation" for nearly a month and a half. Really tossed a wrench in things. Had xrays cause of the accident and found worse stuff. I should be back in full swing soon. I never give up!
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Message 8
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 12:23:19 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32466] Re: I am still alive
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Hang in there, Robert ... Just keep printing ...

Cheers .... Charles
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Message 9
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:01:56 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32467] Vegas
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tMarilyn, it's always nice to know someone who can keep a time schedule. You are inspiring me to get to work on my puzzle piece.

The Vegas people came to us here in the Bay area already and told us we were going to have slot machines in grocery stores. They have already been and gone. I went to the public hearing held by our local legislator. The casino people who aready have a casino here told us one thing one day and something else the next day. Some people out here actually believe that we are going to have big hotels, dancers and singing shows right here in the neighborhood where I live. I think we'd be better off with another Disney world. That would be more appropriate for the mental and emotional level of the people who live in this burg. I think Disney sent out the pelicans to scout the place first. We have lots of those. Some people think it's Pelican Bay State Prison out here. I guess what you see depends on what picture they draw for you.

I was thinking about putting a horse on my puzzle piece. Murillo inspired everyone. They already have filled in the bay for a big hotel right next to the racetrack. Sorry to disappoint you. I just have to say no.

Jean Womack
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Message 10
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 12:51:55 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32468] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V37 #3733 (Dec 19, 2006)
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