Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34098] Re: Blogs ("Maria Arango")
  2. [Baren 34099] Studio Lighting (Annie Bissett)
  3. [Baren 34100] Re: Blogs (Marissa)
  4. [Baren 34101] Re: Studio Lighting (Charles Morgan)
  5. [Baren 34102] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 34103] RE: Studio Lighting ("Maria Arango")
  7. [Baren 34104] Karen Kunc workshop in NY (cucamongie #
  8. [Baren 34105] Re: Studio Lighting (David Harrison)
  9. [Baren 34106] RE: Studio Lighting ("Mike Lyon")
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Message 1
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 18:57:35 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34098] Re: Blogs
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>Maria said;

>"has anyone really thought about the purpose of a blog? - in
>a working artist's life does it help bring
>in more sales (as a web site can do)..."
>Yes I have thought of it and have noticed a significant increase in sales
>when I update my blog often and promote it to draw in new readers.
>My sales had been fairly stagnant for a couple of months and then I got
>serious about my blog writing again and they doubled in a month. That
>was the only major change.

Nope, I didn't say that at all.

Maria Arango
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Message 2
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 22:22:01 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34099] Studio Lighting
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Hi everyone! Nice to see us crowding back into the Big Room again.

Alright, then, I'll double-post sometimes when I'm working a topic on
my blog that I think would spark some interest on the list as well.
Sounds like nobody would consider that "spamming". I do love this
list. I was struck with Andy's honesty when he wrote "Perhaps some of
us - myself definitely included - have become a little lazy...
passive ... lurky and need to contribute a little more to the main
debate." I could say the same about myself.

So on that note, can you help me with lighting? I'm using basic
incandescent light right now - an overhead ceiling fixture, two
hanging fixtures over my desks, and a swing arm lamp. Plenty of
light, but because I often do my woodblock work at night I'm afraid
I'm seeing everything too yellow. What do you all do about lighting?
Do you use fluorescent bulbs, and if so, what kind? Isn't fluorescent
light too blue? Has anyone tried "full spectrum" type bulbs? I'm
looking for something I can use in a standard fixture; a screw-in
type bulb.

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Message 3
From: Marissa
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 23:02:39 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34100] Re: Blogs
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Somebody here did! Lack of sleep sorry. I will go back to lurking now.
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Message 4
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 20:07:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34101] Re: Studio Lighting
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Flourescent bulbs have changed so much in the last few years, it is really hard to say what is available in any given area. I have installed large, 3 foot, 4 bulb, overhead flourescents in my studio with solar spectrum bulbs. The bulbs were not cheap, but they were well worth it. Now any color I mix in the studio looks the same in daylight. I am not sure how the screw-in flourescents rank these days. The older ones were sort of greenish, but the newer ones seem much warmer. A lot seems to depend on the brand.

Cheers ..... Charles
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 26 Sep 2007 03:55:23 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34102] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (38 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Hanshita Made Easy


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

Item: Monotype, Watercolor & Colored Pencil: Read to Me


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 6
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 20:53:23 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34103] RE: Studio Lighting
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Annie, welcome to the big room :-)

First I bought cheap shop lights and installed them on bicycle hooks in the
garage. After a while I installed some better fluorescent light fixtures
with 4 30"? long bulbs. I buy the daylight bulbs and they are NICE and give
out a very daylight-like light.

Over my carving bench I have a track light also with daylight balanced
fluorescent bulbs. I went all fluorescent last summer after a $600 power
bill. They have lasted me for 5 years so far. Previously my track flood
lights went out almost every year.

I also use a magnifying lamp with, you guessed it, a daylight fluorescent
bulb. I need it more and more these days, my eyeballs refuse to focus and
unfocus quickly anymore. Sigh.

Anyhow, they now make nice fluorescents for every type of light fixture
although they are more expensive. They last longer.


Maria Arango
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Message 7
From: cucamongie #
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 00:14:57 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34104] Karen Kunc workshop in NY
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Hi folks, I received this info re a Karen Kunc workshop. Contact the National Academy for more details. It is not clear from the description whether this is Japanese or western woodcut.

Karen Kunc will be having a workshop called "Color Woodcut Printmaking" at the National Academy. The details are as follows:

October 19th
October 20th & 21st

Workshop Fee: $300.00

The school office is located at 5 East 89th Street. Accessible transportation include the 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street.
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Message 8
From: David Harrison
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 11:53:19 +0100
Subject: [Baren 34105] Re: Studio Lighting
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Hi Annie,

I use the 'full spectrum' fluorescent bulbs in my office at night -- they
aren't perfect but they're pretty good, and very easy on the eyes.

Given that the spectrum you see from the sun changes throughout the day
there's only so much you can do to obtain a consistently coloured light source
anyway. Short, that is, of a room with blacked-out windows and constant, even
artificial light -- great for colour matching but lousy for yer sanity :-)

I'd suggest you try a couple of those bulbs (they last longer than
incandescents anyway), make a colour pencil sketch, a quick painting or
what-have-you that pleases you and check 'it by daylight the next day.


David H
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Message 9
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 06:56:58 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34106] RE: Studio Lighting
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I use 'daylight' fluorescent, 8 foot double-bulb fixtures, HIGH FREQUENCY
BALLASTS (eliminates perception of any flicker or strobing). I'm told that
a better balance is to pair a 'normal' (cool white) bulb with a daylight
bulb. The light in my studio is almost daylight, very nice to work under
(especially compared to incandescent bulbs which are installed elsewhere in
the building and are very yellowy red), quiet, and have lasted 9 years
without a replacement (probably the color has changed somewhat by now).

I love 'em and if I had it to do over, I'd install 'em all over the


Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO