Today's postings

  1. [Baren 39292] Exchange w/ Four Oceans Press ("Heather P.")
  2. [Baren 39293] Bit of Moku Hanga on blog (Diana Moll)
  3. [Baren 39294] Facebook... SOMEbody had to 'do it'! ("Mike Lyon")
  4. [Baren 39295] Re: Facebook... SOMEbody had to 'do it'! (Daniel Dew)
  5. [Baren 39296] peter paul kocak ("bobcatpath #")
  6. [Baren 39297] Re: Facebook... SOMEbody had to 'do it'! (Julio.Rodriguez #
  7. [Baren 39298] Woodblocks from Pakistan (David Bull)
  8. [Baren 39299] fixing the error... peter paul kocak (ArtSpotiB #
  9. [Baren 39300] video request (Raymond Hudson)
  10. [Baren 39301] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Heather P."
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:00:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39292] Exchange w/ Four Oceans Press
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Exchange details for an exchange out side the Baren...

Here is the short& sweet version :)

Sign ups are now open for "North",the first in the Cardinal Direction Exchange SeriesdueOctober 15, 2009.

There are22 letters available for the"Street Signs"Alphabet Exchange SeriesdueJanuary 15, 2010.

If you're not sure what to do check out the ideas on the Archive page -
Pick your favorite letterbefore it's gone:)

Hope everyone on Baren is having awonderful Summer...
May we find inspiration all around us :)


Thank you all for your patience - we had a few months of computer problems and we are now back up and running... We didn't run away - we are still here :)
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Message 2
From: Diana Moll
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 18:13:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39293] Bit of Moku Hanga on blog
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Hi, Bareners!
We are finally having summer on the the Central coast of California.
My mostly rabbit blog has a bit of Moku Hanga with the latest post.
If you don't like snakes stay away....
Diana Moll
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Message 3
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 19:04:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39294] Facebook... SOMEbody had to 'do it'!
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OK - for better or worse - Baren now has a small presence on Facebook (32
members last time I looked). If you're on Facebook, you might enjoy
'joining' Baren's Facebook group. If you hate all things 'social
networking' then don't join! May be another way to attract members to - who knows?

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 4
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 20:40:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39295] Re: Facebook... SOMEbody had to 'do it'!
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Message 5
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 21:59:24 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39296] peter paul kocak
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i am getting those invitations daily too
even tho i told them to stop by their own method

how about it peter paul kocak-

what part of quit it dont you understand ?
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Message 6
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:35:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39297] Re: Facebook... SOMEbody had to 'do it'!
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Dan writes: "Yipee!"

Yipee indeed..... Dan your wishes (and those of others) have come true !

So as you see from Mike's announcement the BarenForum now has a presence
on Facebook. This new adventure (sort of a 'Friends of'
group) went ahead with Baren's council approval after several days of
discussion and listening to the general feedback from our group. You will
recognize some familiar names onboard and some from Baren's past (Japan's
Daniel Kelly).

It was very nice to see so much response and emotion from the group in
regards to FB or not to FB. Rest assure that this in no way is to be a
replacement for our current discussion forum (emails). We feel that our
group is strong and healthy enough and that a presence in a social network
like FB can only serve to make us stronger by bringing in more attention
and members into the Baren community. As an FYI the Baren Facebook group
is also under the administrative control of the Baren council.

Behind the scenes the council has been debating for a while what to do
about updating the website look, the social networking phenomenon and
providing better tools for the group to share and display images among
ourselves. While many of us are perfectly comfortable with what we have
going, we are looking for ways to enhance the Baren experience. We are
looking to you our members to help us bring this about with your ideas and
help. The success of any new ideas for Baren can only happen with your
input and your commitment. Please speak up !

For those not comfortable using Facebook there is another option that is
under construction even before the topic of Facebook came up. David
Harrison has been leading this effort for the past month and will be
announced to the group shortly....hopefully it can serve as a way for our
membership to upload images, interact with each other in a user-friendly
way.....we hope you can be patient while we tune things up.

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Message 7
From: David Bull
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 03:24:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39298] Woodblocks from Pakistan
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We were talking about blocks for fabric printing a while back ... The
general impression was that it was all 'old stuff', but they seem to
still be in use. Here's a place that seems to make them to order:

"We offer CUSTOM DESIGNED and HAND CARVED wooden print blocks to your
exact drawing or specifications"

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Message 8
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 07:00:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39299] fixing the error... peter paul kocak
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Hey Gang.

Let's stop picking on Peter Paul K. Its an AUTOMATED SYSTEM THAT GRABS ALL
THE ADDRESSES. Now we're all on the loop. Or rather, I was. but I fixed it.
There is a fix, ya know.

Apparently once the service has addresses, it keeps them, nagging us in the


Now the poor guy didn't expect this, didn't intend it and it suckith but
let's not be too harsh here.
Know that joining a listserve such as facebook, twitter, etc. can include
automated grabbing of your addy book. As said before, this is why I avoid
joining all of these services. They can be invasive without the poor person who
signed up knowing it at all!

OK? Now can we just let the topic die???? If you have a beef, send it to
the person, not the listserve. Complaining about spam is spam of a sort.

Thanks oodles.

ArtSpot Out
Benny in California

Art is the visible face of any culture."
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Message 9
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:30:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39300] video request
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WalkOver Gallery in Bristol (Vermont) will be showing my work from mid-
July to the end of August. The gallery director would like to show a
print-related video some evening, followed by a discussion. Any
suggestions? (You may respond off Barenforum if you like.) Many thanks!


Digest Appendix

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

Subject: [Forest in Summer - 10] : Last five blocks finished ... we're all done!
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Forest in Summer - 9] | Starting point of the thread is [Forest in Summer - 1]

Two weeks since the last update, but here we are - all 10 block faces are now done!

Let's start with the two that I showed you on the previous page; these are for the distant scenery:

... and the flip side:

Of course it isn't really clear yet just how this will look, but the general idea in my mind is to do this part of the print in a series of quite faint tones, to put it into a different 'plane' from the rest of the image.

Those two were 'easy', but there was no postponing what came next - the darkest highlight tone on the main tree trunks. It took me just over ten days (although if there had been no other 'distractions', it should have been done in maybe a week). I sure got a lot of nice BBC radio and iTunes listening done!

Next week when I'm doing the test printing, I'll find out if I 'got it right' when making the separations, but for now, it seems that this one should produce a pretty interesting effect ...

And then an easy one to finish off - the final two sides with a few miscellaneous areas (mushroom parts, blue jeans, etc.):


You can see on that last one where I moved part of the design around on the block, and cut a second set of registration marks; no sense wasting a whole new piece of wood just for that one part!

Here's the final update on the working hour totals:

1st block (image) : 17.5 hours
2nd block (image) : 17 hours
3rd block (image) : 15 hours
4th block (image) : 22 hours
5th block (image) : 32.5 hours
6th+7th blocks (image | image) : 9.5 hours
8th block (image) : 49.5 hours
9th+10th block (image | image) : 1.5 hours

In total then, I've spent 164 hours on this, spread out over 31 different days.

So with the carving done, will test printing begin tomorrow morning? No way. There's just too much other work waiting for attention. I usually keep my 'A Story A Week' . . .
[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

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Subject: "Bonnie Brae Alley"
Posted by: Jim

untitled_Alley_3, originally uploaded by jrlarimer.

16 x 20 Palette knife oil painting.

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Subject: Almost there!
Posted by: Sue

I have just proofed the amended block again and here it is, alongside the last proof as comparison. (Latest one to the right)

Just a little tidying up and a few thin cuts of the shaded decking, extending to the base of the shaded wall. I will possibly soften the white line around the roofs edges to give them a little more space between them and the background. Then I *think* that's it, ready to put it to bed.

If I don't print today (I have a migraine coming on, so my vision is not too good at the moment), it'll be tomorrow. Possibly I'll leave it till tomorrow, as I can have a full day taking my time and also I MIGHT have my home-made print drying rack finished! I would love one of those smart wooden racks with marbles that hold the sheets in place, but at nearly 100 it's out of my range. So I'm basing my home-made affair on a design thought up by David Harrison

As they say, 'Watch this space'!

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