Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40831] Re: SGC Philadelphia (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 40832] Blog checking update (David Bull)
  3. [Baren 40833] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:07:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40831] Re: SGC Philadelphia
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Hello Bareners,

April asked if anyone was planning to go to the SGC conference in
Philadelphia, and I just wanted to say that I'll be there. Anyone
else? Might be fun to arrange a meet-up if there's a group of us.

Maria I'm sorry to hear about your moku hanga paper trials. I'm not
familiar with Kihada, but I've certainly noticed that pigments behave
quite differently on different papers. I used Echizen Kozo for a long
time (purchased from McClain's) and when I switched to Nishinouchi
for the Pilgrim Series I had to re-learn how to use my pigments
because the paper received them very differently. Nishinouchi is a
thinner and darker toned paper than the Echizen Kozo and the pigments
are quite a bit more subdued when dry. I've grown to like it, but I
was disturbed at first.

Is Kihada sized? Amount and type of sizing can make a big difference
too. At any rate, I know that you'll keep at it until you figure it
out. You have that tenacity of spirit I so love about printmkers :)

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Message 2
From: David Bull
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 11:41:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40832] Blog checking update
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OK gang, I've been wrestling with the blog feed thing, and think I
have a way around the problem. I'm adjusting the settings on the
timing of what is considered 'in'.

Old system:
- run the check at 9:55pm (Tokyo time)
- look for blog entries published in the previous 24 hours
- if any are found, publish them

As we have seen, the problem with this is that Blogspot feeds are not
being updated promptly, so some blog posts are getting skipped,
because by the time they appear in the feed, they are 'stale'.

New system:
- run the check at 9:55pm (Tokyo time)
- move the 'clock' 12 hours into the past
- look for blog entries published in the previous 24 hours (relative
to the adjusted time setting)
- if any are found, publish them

This - I think - should patch up the problem with Blogspot stuff. It
will have the unavoidable downside that some new posts will not be
included on any given day (those that fall within the 12 hour zone),
but these will automatically be picked up the _next_ day.

So we're going to lose a bit of freshness for the sake of trying to
catch everything ...

The first run under this new system is scheduled for this evening,
just over an hour from now. Let's see what it catches ...

(Again, thanks for your patience with this ...)


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

Subject: Carving Progress
Posted by: Dave Bull

So nice to be carving boxwood again! The work went very quickly today; I began by cutting out all the 'easy' parts of that block - the outlines - then cleared it all off before beginning the calligraphy.

And here is the finished block, after taking a trial impression for checking and adjusting:

Here are those first two blocks:

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Stockton, NSW Pelicans
Posted by: JennifersCabin

Finally this is the result of hard labour. I used a machine made Hosho paper in the end. It has really not turned out as I wanted as I seemed to have slipped backwards in the technique, perhaps I am getting over ambitious. Next time I will go for something smaller!

The image is of Pelicans who have come to roost in the early evening. The lights are solar powered, and the place is at the entrance to Newcastle harbour, about a 100 miles north of Sydney.

This item is taken from the blog Jennifer Martindale.
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Subject: Run 5 complete, one print out of run 6
Posted by: conor

This one's after run 5. Runs 4-5 were both smaller separated areas. Run 4 had some rooftops, and the red S's. A second color to the neighbor's fence, and I think some red on the gas pumps. #5 added a pair of jeans, the A's, the first greys on the pumps and the ice box. One of those two put some more tree's in there. After#5 I decided 6 would be finishing the mulch/sa walls/sa fence.
Color didn't work at all.

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This item is taken from the blog Woodcuts and stuff.
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Subject: Snow Skier print - proofing blue block
Posted by: Bette Norcross Wappner --

After proofing the blue block I've decided to make some adjustments to the carving before going to print. I'll be fine-tuning the details in the skier as well. This is a beautiful "Pthalo Blue Slight Red" pigment dispersion from Guerra. Carved image is approx. 2" x 6.5".

This item is taken from the blog SURIMONO GARDEN.
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