Today's postings

  1. [Baren 39166] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V47 #4869 (Jun 28, 2009) (guadalupe Vic)
  2. [Baren 39167] Re: Exchange 41 wait list ("Bea Gold")
  3. [Baren 39168] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
Member image

Message 1
From: guadalupe Vic
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 22:53:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39166] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V47 #4869 (Jun 28, 2009)
Send Message: To this poster

Hello all: A few months ago I read in a note from Charles Morgan that he was using orange glow cleaner, it works great. I use the one that is sold locally for cleaning wood floors. Since then I have not used solvents to clean. Also I have been using the vegetable oil and the wipes with very good results.
Saludos, Guadalupe

Second International Prints for Peace Juried Exhibit México 2009 -deadline July 15 2009

Dra. Guadalupe Victorica

Member image

Message 2
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:33:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39167] Re: Exchange 41 wait list
Send Message: To this poster

Thank you Kristine and Mary for jumping in. Did you see that I backed out a couple of weeks ago. Sorry just can't make it happen. Bea Gold
----- Original Message -----
From: Kristine Alder
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 8:14 PM
Subject: [Baren 39160] Exchange 41 wait list

>Hello Baren--
>As the deadline to drop from Exchange 41 looms ahead just 4 days away, July 1st, we are in need of a few of you who would be able to step up to help us have a full participant list for this exchange. We have had a few drop out and have exhausted our waiting list.
>Although we realize that this is late notice, with a little over 4 weeks to go, we hope you will understand that you will still be expected to have your full set of prints to coordinator Joseph Taylor on or before August 1st. The exchange has a theme: My Window, and a format of oban size on the paper.
>Please contact us off-list if you are willing to take on the adventure this opportunity holds! :0)
>Thanks in advance for helping us out and making this another spectacular showing of talented artists world-wide!
>Your Exchange Managers,
>Kristine Alder & Mary Kuster
>Kristine Alder
>St. George, UT
>Art Educator/Printmaker/Book Artist/Graphic Design

Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Concentrating on the sky and background...
Posted by: Sue

I spent another session outside in the hot sunshine yesterday, engraving at the little table, while hubby laboured mightily pulling weeds under the deep shade of the old apple tree. It was very hot indeed and I had to sit in shade, too. Engraving outside is a joy, quite different to sketching, I find. When you sketch, your focus is more outward, towards your subject; your general awareness taking note of the light and atmosphere around you, which you hopefully transfer to your sketch.

Engraving outside is insular, inward-looking. You're concentrating on a block of wood (or resingrave!) a few inches in front of your eyes. Your subject is set days before, perhaps weeks. Every cut is considered carefully. You enter a gentle meditative state, lulled by the rhythm of your modus operandi. The way you hold your burin, the act of cutting, slow but deliberate, brushing away the tiny burrs of wood that form in front of the blade as you make the mark. At the same time, you're aware of the warmth of the sun on your back and sounds around you and what could be better than birdsong? It's a sublime state.

Back to the block, and I decided to cut the sky / background area because I wanted to see how the lighter area would affect the rest of the design. It's hard to tell from this photo what will print and what not, but generally I have scorped out much of the sky, leaving small pieces and ridges of wood to flick life into the white. Also I've cut a wispy cloudy formation to help act as a bit of a frame and hold the design in. It's a device I use a fair bit in my illustration work, not just to act as clouds, but gentle curvy strokes around certain elements of a composition can unify the whole. I had wondered how I could start to translate the technique to the starker wood-engraving medium. We'll see how this prints up.

For now, it's Monday. I have a lot of illustration work to do for Cambridge University Press and when my daily quota is done (or if a thunderstorm turns up, forcing me to switch off the computer!) . . .
[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

This item is taken from the blog Studio Window.
'Reply' to Baren about this item.