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  1. [Baren 37734] RE: archival thoughts (Charlie overshoe)
  2. [Baren 37735] Re: archival thoughts (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 37736] Re: archival thoughts (Graham Scholes)
  4. [Baren 37737] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Charlie overshoe
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 15:55:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37734] RE: archival thoughts
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My thoughts on archival .... for what they are worth ..... I figure that some day some of my prints will find their way into a garage sale somewhere and that they will be sold because someone likes the frames. I print and draw for the joy of it or as a way to voice my thoughts.

However, I now, do use archival materials ..... mainly because that is what is expected. Have prints on brown craft paper that have been framed and hanging for over 30 years with no adverse affects showing .... the same for drawings on news print.

Barbara P.
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 16:14:55 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37735] Re: archival thoughts
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I too have drawings I did in college in the early 60's on newsprint and then still seem ok. They have been stored away but I guess it takes more than 50 years for them to deteriorate. Maybe the newsprint was better then than it is now. Who knows. I figure if my work is not selling like hotcakes, which it isn't, that maybe dying is the only way to really bring a huge value to it. How crazy is that?
I admire your foresight Graham, leaving such a nice legacy for your grandkids. I hope they will appreciate it.

We still have a foot of snow, but it is melting. I am rubbing my hands in glee, reminding myself of the wicked witch of the North. heheheheh. Our power stayed on, the gifts are wrapped and I am starting to cook the christmas feast. Life is good in Oregon.
My best to all
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Message 3
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 17:57:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37736] Re: archival thoughts
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Charlie overshoe wrote:
> However, I now, do use archival materials ..... mainly because that
> is what is expected.

Zoltan Szabo (look him up on the web) (we worked together) had an
expression : “If you don’t have pride in your work and used the best
materials possible. No one else will“
I say “If you assess the cost per piece.... it is less than pocket

> Have prints on brown craft paper that have been framed and hanging
> for over 30 years with no adverse affects showing .... the same for
> drawings on news print.

30 years is a blink of an eye in terms of archival-ness. )

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Subject: [Seacoast in Winter - 2] : Blocks ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [ Next print begins - Seacoast in Winter]

Six weeks since the last update - at this rate, the Solitudes series will be wrapping up sometime in 2099!

What got in the way, of course, was the Gift Print season ... I 'opened' that page in late October, and somewhat to my surprise (because of all the very bad economic news in the paper these days), the print sold very well. I ran out of stock even before the 'early bird' special had expired (Thanksgiving day ...). So I had to get the blocks out and make some more. I ran 40 copies, thinking that it would be enough, but miscalculated, and had to run another 40 a couple of weeks later.

(That 'Leaping Carp' print is not an 'easy' one, as the multiple gradations on the water surface take quite a long time to do, so it perhaps wasn't the best design for me to choose from the point of view of 'time vs money', but it certainly was a good choice from the point of view of popularity!)

And then, of course I had to prepare the print for my own personal new year card. Thinking ahead to the future - when this 'private' print will make an eventual appearance on the gift page - I went a bit overboard, selecting a design that took around a week to carve, and another week to print (nearly 200 copies).

And in the middle of all this, I went down with a bout of the flu, something that hasn't happened to me in over a decade. That knocked another big hole in the schedule.

But the gift season is now behind us, my new year print is in the mail, and the flu has been completely beaten back. Time to try and catch up with this next print, before the waiting collectors assume I've given up!

As I mentioned in the previous post, my approach is going to be:
- work out a basic composition of the rocks and sea based on photos from some of my summer visits.
- transform this into a windy 'crashing waves' scene.

The first part wasn't so difficult. The volcanic outcroppings on that beach are quite photogenic, and it wasn't difficult to find/create a good composition. I had to 'trim' one of the large rocks in one place, but I think I came up with a good scene.

I focussed on one of the 'pools' where I swam during my warm-weather visits:

"My curiosity about these rock pools is quite aroused now, and I move over to the wide deep one that lies directly behind a large rock against which the sea is still smashing on the other side. It would have been instant death to attempt this a couple of hours ago, but now, even though the pool is open to the sea at one side, and the water level surges up and down as the waves roll by the opening, it seems quite safe. Using the mask, I float on the surface looking down at the bottom about a metre below me, while flying spray from the breaking surf falls like rain onto my exposed back."

It's a very interesting place, and during my visits I sat and watched it for hours. The water flows in and out, in and out, through the opening at one side, and the as waves arrive from the open ocean, water spills into the pool over the surrounding rocks. The photo I included in the previous post shows the pool:

At this point, I'm not going to show you the way that this scene has been transformed; you'll get to see that happen bit by bit as we move along.

But to get the process started, I will show a few of the block images, in their 'ready-to-start-carving' state. So far I've made 15 'separations'; whether or not that will be enough isn't quite clear at this stage.

There are three basic areas to this print: sky, water, and rock, although in many places, they overlap quite a bit. Here are the three 'base' blocks that will delineate the three areas:

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