Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36167] Thanks a billion! (ArtSpotiB #
  2. [Baren 36168] Re: Cairn Package ("Ellen Shipley")
  3. [Baren 36169] Re: The Cairn Project ("DePry Clan")
  4. [Baren 36170] Re: The Cairn Project (mkuster)
  5. [Baren 36171] Re: Binder and Guerra pigment dispsersions ("Orgren Alex C (Alex)")
  6. [Baren 36172] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 36173] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4430 (Jul 15, 2008) ("Jean Womack")
  8. [Baren 36174] Re: Cairn Package (Sue Woollatt)
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Message 1
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:48:09 EDT
Subject: [Baren 36167] Thanks a billion!
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Hello Friends.

I want to thank Maria for all the intense work of organizing, carrot/stick
wacking, printing and mailing out the wonderful Cairn. Thank you too for the
wonderful documentation that accompanies it. Each area is an accomplishment. I
have it laid out in my studio right now for people to admire. And that they do.

As for opening up and sharing with the world, I guess it makes me a little
sad... as I so want to be part of the next one. However, it's you project and
sweat, Maria, so let me make a few sugguestions?

First, if you find that too many want to participate while opening the
project to a larger population, institute a lottery for all who sign up. You could
have two hats, one for far away, one for Baren and choose a ratio of drawing
from the hats. This way incorporates a sense of fairness without blame. The
runner ups could be your backup group.

Now don't get all het up, but maybe consider not letting someone who was in
the most recent one participate if you have oodles of applicants? That would
also spread it around. Tho, of course, those who have been a part of it for a
long time may think best of the reverse; letting them in for sure being what
they prefer.

Maybe do an outline trace or just a zerox of each block so that the ones that
"go missing" (outrageously late or just never returned due to unknown
circumstances) can be replaced by one of the other folks? I know that I'd make myself
do a quick turnaround carving if there was such a circumstance.

Last, I vote for the title to be The Cairn, no matter what. The concept of a
cairn is so wonderful... building a momument thru lots of other's hands...
There's something just so right about that name...

Thanks again, Maria!

ArtSpot Out
Benny Alba in studio

"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and
occupation, which give happiness."
--Thomas Jefferson
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Message 2
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:50:23 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36168] Re: Cairn Package
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The back of a door. That's a kewl idea. (Or the front.) It does make a perfect size.

Ellen (no idea what I'll do yet. I do have a cathedral ceiling, so on the wall is a possibility)

Ellen Shipley
Trompt As Writ
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Message 3
From: "DePry Clan"
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 17:54:58 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36169] Re: The Cairn Project
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Thankyou so much for the hardcore printmaking and the Cairn print! Your
number 1!!!
Love and ink stains,
Double D
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Message 4
From: mkuster
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 21:42:07 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36170] Re: The Cairn Project
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Mine has also arrived. I want to thank Maria for taking on such a
task and completing it so well. I think that the title of master
printer is due as well as a mighty fine graphic artist for the colophon.

Thank you Maria.
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Message 5
From: "Orgren Alex C (Alex)"
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 22:27:21 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36171] Re: Binder and Guerra pigment dispsersions
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> Where/how do you notice the rewetting properties? Are you getting
> offsetting from print to print as you stack them, or is ink from a
> previous printing transferring to the block as you print new colors?
> I've never had problems with offset from print to print, but
> occasionally I do get some transfer from a print onto a block. This
> happens most often when I've printed a dark color and then tried to
> print a lighter one afterwards. In general I try to print light to
> dark, with blacks and dark blues printed last when possible. I also
> try to print large areas first and small details last.
> It's also possible that your paper is too wet. The paper should be
> barely damp, never wet.

I'm printing very dry and seeing transfer onto the block, so I'm worried
mainly about offsetting through that means rather than print-to-print in
the stack. It's difficult to tell whether any offsetting is really
happening because the registration minimizes it, but it could cause some
blurring. I usually go strictly from dark to light, but I noticed that
the yellow is more opaque than I'm used to, as are reds and greens that
have a lot of yellow in them, which pushed me to experiment a bit with
the order.

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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 16 Jul 2008 03:55:28 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36172] 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. (49 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Topographical Features


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: Like Being Held Under Water


Site Name: Maria Regina Pinto Pereira

Author: MaRegina
Item: encontro de artes da Cantareira


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Message 7
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:14:42 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36173] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4430 (Jul 15, 2008)
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Hello Maria,
Well, you have outdone yourself with your leadership on the Cairn project.
They came in the mail and I just about dropped my socks when I opened the
package and looked at the prints. I knew it was a good idea from the git
go, but the results out did all my expectations. I am so proud to have my
little chick in there, trying to hang on to her eggs while she can't keep
her eyes open. She did the best she could but we all have to let go
sometimes in this world, just as you let all those beautiful prints escape
from your living room into the world.

Keep up the good work and I will send you a check pretty soon. When they
talk about the problems of the economy these days, I think they are talking
about me, so you might find some of your work on E-Bay, though I guess a
recession is not the best time to be selling art. But maybe it's the boot
strap that we all need....gotta invest in some foamcore and shrink wrap
AFTER I find that gallery space. However, we have an art group just
starting up and they are such great go-getters that I have a feeling that I
might just find a corner in a gallery pretty soon.

Thanks again.

Jean Womack
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Message 8
From: Sue Woollatt
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 08:20:25 +0100
Subject: [Baren 36174] Re: Cairn Package
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I haven't posted here for a little while but I went to your site to see
the cairn project and was , as they say in these parts, 'gob-smacked'
at the final print. It's fantastic; a real credit to you and all the
contributors. An inspiration.

I'm still engraving, my tiny studio doesn't allow much bigger work, but
I have plans for a larger studio and when I have one I want to learn to
carve woodblocks as well. Maybe then I can join in a Baren exchange,