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  1. [Baren 39986] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5005 (Oct 18, 2009) (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 39987] Re: More about the Akua intaglio ink (Bobbi Chukran)
  3. [Baren 39988] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:51:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39986] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5005 (Oct 18, 2009)
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Thank you Monica Bright for your year of the ox, neat card. Brad am
looking forward to getting yours. Even at the end of the year they
are well loved and appreciated.
Thanks to everyone for sharing your talent with lovely cards!

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Message 2
From: Bobbi Chukran
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 05:42:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39987] Re: More about the Akua intaglio ink
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>Now that I've begun pulling prints off wood rather than lino or
>plexiglass, I don't think I can go back. There is just something
>different about the way the paper comes off the block. And yes, I
>am addicted to that moment as well.

Hi Andrea,

Funny you should mention that. :--) One of the reasons I didn't
like the Akua Intaglio ink at first is that it didn't feel the same
way as the Graphic Chemical or Speedball inks I've been using. The
Akuas are thinner, and not as "sucky".....LOL....for lack of a better

I found a very old tube of Shiva block printing ink and tried that.
It was very thick and the paper stuck to it like a suction cup. LOL.
It had a very nice sound when releasing from the paper and I didn't
have to rub nearly as hard to get a really good impression.

BTW, all of my prints are on dry paper.

bobbi c.
grackle stew studio

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Subject: Angelo Aversa - Woodcuts
Posted by: Julio

Angelo Aversa
21 June 2009, New England

When I was very young, I began to have a natural predisposition for art but I certainly didn't imagine that one day eventually it would, and should, become my job.
It's not an easy row to hoe. The so-called art system--critics, galleries, curators etc.--can be the biggest enemy for an artist. I'm not convinced that a good part of gallerists, curators and critics today do their job well.
To be an artist is fantastic because it is a profession where freedom is fundamental.....

Sometimes this freedom gets blurred by the art marketers who promote certain banal themes and artists that are easy to sell. My relationship with the art system is distant because I believe in the excellence of good art over what's fashionable so I will never accept the political and tired reality of the art operators.
My biggest wish and ambition was and is to be a great artist mainly for myself.
Nothing is more adrenalin-inducing and emotional than to create something from nothing.
When I started with the woodcut technique I never thought for a moment I could make a living from it. My main artistic formation was in a bottega darte as an apprentice to a master artist. Trained in this Renaissance way, I needed to have a patron of the arts. In fact my first patrons where and still are my family in Italy and my wife, Mary, who sustains our family and encourages me in my art.
In a world where meritocracy is not always recognized, where the economic imbalance is more and more acute and where everything runs at an intolerable velocity, I thank God because there are still some people who look to the future with eyes of goodness and infinite patience.

Angelo Aversa
21 June 2009, New England

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