Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35274] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V42 #4268 (Mar 11, 2008) (guadalupe victorica reyes)
  2. [Baren 35275] Re: Latest Prints (reneeaugrin #
  3. [Baren 35276] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 35277] Massive list of printmakers ... (baren_member #
  5. [Baren 35278] Paper watermarks an addition or distraction? ("Harry French")
  6. [Baren 35279] Re: Paper watermarks an addition or distraction? (ArtfulCarol #
  7. [Baren 35280] Re: composition and "The Doubt of Cezanne" ("Oscar Bearinger")
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Message 1
From: guadalupe victorica reyes
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:04:20 +0000
Subject: [Baren 35274] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V42 #4268 (Mar 11, 2008)
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Hello Heather : The Four Ocean Press Exchange looks very nice, Congratulations. I plan to participate in the one for the summer.
I am sorry I cannot participate this time, I will participate in Baren Exchange #36 and will have a solo (acrylic paintings) in Saltillo Mexico with the topic of Migrants in June.
Best Regards, Guadalupe

Guadalupe Victorica
Social Science Research
Visual Artist, Art for Social Change
Monterrey, NL, México,
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Message 2
From: reneeaugrin #
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 12:46:11 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35275] Re: Latest Prints
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Hello afterfivers,

Here we are?drenched again?in the spring rain.? We had some gorgeous sunny days, filled with lawn mowing and pruning and general yard maintenence and snow pea planting.? Beautiful, and now the rain gives us a chance to rest, rub the Tiger Balm on the aching muscles?and look at the abandoned work in the studio.? I started my print for #36 and left out the medium values, I carved a replacement block, but it is not to my liking -- I am starting over, sometimes you just have to call it a loss and begin again, It is freeing to make that decision.? A short time ago someone mentioned using wax paper to create? a 'rubbing' to make an accurate transfer for another block--great idea.? I use wax paper to print on, then transfer the image to the new blank.? The ink (oil base)?transfers very well.

My little building/shop is almost ready.? I am trading the lease of a parking area?to a construction company for the building of my little shop.? It is very simple but has some nice windows.? The electricity, for now, is an extension cord from the house.
I'll probably spend most of the daylight hours out there anyway -- it has been a very slow process and I can hardly wait to work out there.? The very minute the dust settles I'll be crowding in there, probably pushing the construction guys out, ?with an?arm-load of?gear.? The anticipation is?indiscribable.

Harry, thank you for the latest prints, they are wonderful as always.? I am wondering if your Grandaughter helps you find these ancient wonders?? What a fun game it would be.? My own, before she even says hello, asks 'Amma, can we paint?'? They are so delightful, and what a joy to share the arts with them.

Marilynn, thank you for your adventures in very sunny Mexico.? As a Northwest neighbor you? surely have that great appreciation for clear and warm skies.

Happily back to the --soon to be old-- studio.


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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 12 Mar 2008 03:55:46 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35276] 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. (44 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: An Exercise is Color

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: First Ever Studio Sale!


[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 4
From: baren_member #
Date: 12 Mar 2008 07:19:26 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35277] Massive list of printmakers ...

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"Artists who use any traditional printmaking technique, or combination thereof, in their work."

Are you on it? There's a link on the page, to contact the creator ...
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Message 5
From: "Harry French"
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 10:09:58 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35278] Paper watermarks an addition or distraction?
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Greetings to you all,
Some of my western papers have subtle watermarks on them and I deliberately print along side them to add interest and also define the paper maker.
I was just wondering if Bareners do the same... could it even justify a raised price, as strictly it would be different to the rest of the edition from the same sheet...or maybe you avoid them as a distraction to the print.. ?
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Message 6
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 07:41:47 EDT
Subject: [Baren 35279] Re: Paper watermarks an addition or distraction?
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Harry, I very much like the watermark on one my favorite papers, Johannot.
Special, but no raise in price. Usually I use it for other than woodblock
prints, though, because I print on thinner paper.
Carol L.
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Message 7
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 08:49:09 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35280] Re: composition and "The Doubt of Cezanne"
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Hello everyone

Thank you, Murilo, for guiding me to Merleau-Ponty's writing "The doubt of
I wish I had read this before writing my piece on creativity cycles and the
Gestalt perceptual psychology approach (phenomenological) published Dec
Yet in a way this is exactly what Merleau-Ponty is illustrating
- our future is already given by our past yet it has never
happened except in the project we work on now.

More to the point of "composition" as Barbara initially raised: I continue
to try and articulate this impossible paradox of expression and freedom. A
number of folks have alluded to this in the current discussion:
"composition is what feels right," "I have an intuitive sense when the work
is balanced" and so on.

What we are talking about here ("the art question" as Murilo referred to it)
is that this is NOT a question of analytical or abstract values (symmetry,
counterpoint and balance, colour wheels, etc) only, but as Marleau-Ponty
discusses in terms of Cezanne, da
Vinci, and other masters, this is a matter of the simultaneous UNION of the
artist (personal history and experiences) and the work (expression in the
present of a NEW value in the world itself!)

(In contemporary art terms, this is often referred to
as "being in The Zone.")

The art question is always one of uncertainty and unfolding. If our art
could really be determined by rules and values, we would only be imitating
and repeating the past. Which is certainly the way to begin our art work
(teachers, mentors, etc) but in our original work, it is for us to make the
"new rule," the new value, the new way of seeing the object. This is the
great burden and joy of art !

I hope these comments are of some interest. Thank you again, Murilo,
for pointing to this article (google: "Merleau-Ponty The doubt of Cezanne"
for article, 11p)
I encourage others to seek it out - very inspiring reading!
If any folks are interested in my writing on this topic
please contact me OFF-LIST for further info.

Thanks, everyone, esp Barbara, for interesting thoughts on composition - and
its extended questions :o)

Inky brush strokes to all,