Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38168] Re: new member (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 38169] Re: new member (Graham Scholes)
  3. [Baren 38170] Re: new member (ArtSpotiB #
  4. [Baren 38171] Pottery teacher story (Jennifer Martindale)
  5. [Baren 38172] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 06:15:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38168] Re: new member
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Welcome to this wonderful group - I'm sure you will have much to
contribute. I've had the pleasure of wandering around Mineral Point,
eating Pasties at one of the restaurants, browsing through all the
artists shops and galleries, but not for many years. My daughter and
family lived in Madison when she worked for Pleasant Co and MP was one
of the treasures I loved seeing when I visited. But, she doesn't live
there anymore so now I go to Grand Forks, ND instead. Good luck with
your venture, small towns like MP need people like you!

Cheers ~
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Message 2
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 06:31:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38169] Re: new member
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People like you are salt of the earth... You make these communities
what they are... small town gems, just like ours, Sidney by the Sea.
Good luck on your venture...

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Message 3
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:56:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38170] Re: new member
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Hi Karma.

There's no truer name than yours!

I'm not so sure that any one printing method is more authentic than any other
up to and including digital prints. To me what makes for value is the mind
that guided the hand... Most important is that the artist enjoy the method,
explore it's particular possibilities (and invent a few too!) and have a powerful
drive to create. Quality or value depend on the depth of exploration, perhaps?

Whatever you do with printmaking, I hope that it brings you joy,.

ArtSpot Out
Benny & The Bandit Dog

Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your
egotism; do this consciously, voluntarily. -Jean Toomer, poet and novelist
(1894-1967). "Yes, and it has the added benefit driving THEM nuts when you do"
Benny Alba.
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Message 4
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:31:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38171] Pottery teacher story
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Thank you for the gift of the story about the pottery teacher and the lesson that learning is doing and vice versa. I shared the story with a buddhist meditation group last night who were getting very hung up on whether the world is the same if viewed through a Buddha's eyes. Getting on with life, doing the work and staying in the moment are the key essentials, and I am grateful for the reminder.

I will add add a strong recommendation for Maria's book on festivals. My situation was in the UK showing an Open Art Studio for the first time, and the book totally sorted me out, gave me wonderful strategies for presentation and took away the fear! I could now do with a similar guide to selling on the internet... any takers?

I applaud Dave's stand on open dealing. We are all isolated in our studios and finding our own ways to cope with all that life throws at us. It seems to me that whether it is demonstrating techniques or sharing his business skills Dave has dedicated a great deal of his time and hard won knowledge for the betterment of people like me, and I feel very indebted.
Happy printing

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Posted by: Julio

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Welcome to the Baren Ads & Ops Newsletter
February 15, 2009 Volume I

Training Video

* In depth Moku Hanga DVD instructional video. This DVD is playable
on your computer or a video player attached to the TV. The
information and instructions shown on this professionally made DVD
is over an hour long and is second to none. It is the accumulation
of 18 years of hands on experience by Graham Scholes who has
created over 100 print images, carving 600 plates and printed
approximately 55 thousand sheets of Hosho Paper. Full details are
available at...

* Nik Semenoff has produced a DVD - New Directions in Printmaking:
The Technical Side ·which contains the following:·-Toner in All
Media: General information on how toner can be used in print
media, Waterless Lithography: Explains how to use common caulking
silicone as the ink rejection surface on the plate, Toner in
Intaglio: How toner is used with photo intaglio plates and using
electro-etching for safer etching; Copper sulfate Mordant: Using
. . .
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Subject: Keeping in touch with collectors!
Posted by: Maria

My two cents on marketing...

When I first started this crazy "business" I sent everyone that collected my artwork a thank you card, a Christmas card, and a quarterly printed newsletter. Marketing is a full-time job; making art is a full-time job; selling art is a full-time job. Who can keep up! (Besides Annie Bisset and David Bull, that is, my heroes!).

Anyhow, here we are a few years little customer list grew and grew! Where I began with about 100 faithful followers, I now have around 2100 in my database. What to do?
First thing I did was start to "clean it up" so every year I drop a few that have gone silent. I drop bounces and returned cards as I don't want to waste precious marketing pennies and I'm sure my customers don't want to be bothered again and again after they are no longer in touch.

Still keeping up with the thank you cards for every purchase at festivals. NOT even close keeping up with Christmas cards or printed newsletters; the Christmas "card" and the neatly printed newsletter have metamorphosed into:

- An email Christmas greeting.

- An email newsletter, I call it 1000 Woodcuts Updates and am pretty faithful about sending about 2-6 a year depending on how busy I am and how much I have . . .
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Subject: Master's Update 2-18-2009
Posted by: Phare-Camp

Empress proof red state and yellow state

Empress proof blue states. On the left I used lots and lots of medium for more transparency. The one on right was the 1st state which I found to make the sky a little too intensely purple.

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