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From: josepht280 #
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 21:05:45 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39467] Re: Baren Digest (old) V48 #4908
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I hope everyone is working on their prints for exchange 41. ?

I'm getting some in my mail and am very excited to see more. ?

I'm out of town this week but my family will be taking in the mail.?

I'll catch up when I get back at the end of the week and let you all know what has arrived.

You can do it! Thank you everyone.

Joe T

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Subject: Good afternoon, everybody ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

The paper is trimmed, the corners reinforced, and it's all moistened and in the stack ready for printing!

I can't begin until the moisture has evened out through the batch though, so maybe there is time for a RoundTable posting this afternoon. Might be fun to fire up my Zoom recorder, clip a mic to my shirt, and take a walk ... (Can you stand another one of these dictated stories?)

Good afternoon everybody. I guess this might be a bit difficult, but I'll give it a try.

My name is David Bull, and I'm ... I'm ...

I could never have imagined that I would ever be part of one of these groups - all these people sitting in a circle in chairs, standing up one by one to introduce themselves ... to talk about their problem.

Those of you who have been a member of this group for a while, probably know how difficult it is for someone to be here for the first time. It seems that the first step in solving a personal problem like this is ... admission, but I wasn't able to do that ... Because I'm ... I'm ....

My name is David Bull, and I'm a procrastinator.

So of course I wasn't able to seek out help like this. But a friend of mine - somebody who cares a lot about me - had heard of this group - Procrastinators Anonymous - and arranged for me to come here today.

Some of you who know me, will be very surprised to find out that I'm a procrastinator. After all, look at the stream of work that I have put behind me so far! Hundreds and hundreds of woodblock prints, in thousands of copies! A newsletter coming out like clockwork four times a year; a new story every week in my A Story A Week series. Books ... constant website updates ... a river of production! Surely this is not an indication of a ... procrastinator.

But there are some things that a person looking from 'outside' can never understand. A person looking from outside can see the output - the things I have produced - but has no idea what I am really capable of producing. The person inside, and the man in the mirror, knows very well what the true story is.

And this . . .
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Subject: Workshop On Lyman Road
Posted by: Annie B

When the moku hanga workshop was canceled at Zea Mays Printmaking and director Liz Chalfin asked me if I'd like to work privately with a couple of the students who had signed up, I jumped at the chance. My experience has been that the people who attend Zea Mays workshops are usually practicing artists, many of whom have already had some printmaking experience, and are really fun to work with. Wendy and Martha were two such people.

The three days followed the three basic stages of making a print, with the first day being devoted to design and color separation, the second day all about carving, and day three dedicated to printing. As anyone who has made a moku hanga style print knows, that's a whole lot to cram into three days, so it was a full-on experience with barely enough time to grab some lunch.

Working with Wendy and Martha confirmed for me that there are a lot of ways to make a print. Each approached moku hanga in their own way and allowed the process to guide them as they became accustomed to all the variables involved -- the amount of paste, water and pigment, the personality of each wooden plate, the effects of baren pressure, the interactions of colors as they build.



Artist and sheep farmer Wendy Ketchum of New Hampshire worked with a very graphic image she had developed of nasturtium flowers and leaves. Her plans for color seemed to work right off the bat, so once she had pulled a few proofs, her task was to refine her four blocks rather than focus a lot on color balance. She left with a small edition of proofs that she plans to continue to refine back home in her studio.


Painter/printmaker Martha Ebner of Rust Avenue Studios in Northampton worked with a landscape design of a heron and a bridge. It was a challenging design for a single day of carving -- she used 5 blocks for 7 basic color areas. She was disappointed with the colors she chose for her first set of proofs, which drove . . .
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