Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41225] Re: : relief blocks to go ("")
  2. [Baren 41226] woodblock Scam (ArtfulCarol #
  3. [Baren 41227] Corrected Pomegranate Link (Gayle Wohlken)
  4. [Baren 41228] Re: woodblock Scam (eli griggs)
  5. [Baren 41229] Re: woodblock Scam (thadeenz97 #
  6. [Baren 41230] RE: woodblock Scam ("Maria Arango Diener")
  7. [Baren 41231] Re: woodblock Scam (Diane Cutter)
  8. [Baren 41232] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: ""
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 16:00:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41225] Re: : relief blocks to go
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On the topic of machine produced blocks, here's a link to a 3-d
printer I saw at a trade show;
check out some of the albums - they can make incredible one-off
objects. By using water soluble materials to represent 'air' they
could produce complex 3-d models with many complex parts then wash
away the soluble 'air' to reveal things like gears that moved and
worked. It came in a desk top version that worked with CAD
programming but the price escapes me; i remember that it cost much
more than a set of engraving tools and a pile of wood blocks:-).

I didn't get the feeling that it would replace engravers.

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Message 2
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 18:05:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41226] woodblock Scam
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This is to alert Bareners to a woodblock scam.

This is a summary with all the details left out.

I was recently the target of a scammer, going by the name Tracey Coey,
who e-mailed me about wanting to arrange a purchase of my art Pomegranate.
The so-called buyer stated "I think it is a lovely work that will add a
lot of colors to our wall". "My little girl is dreaming of the painting on
her wall." I knew that it was phony because, among other things, it was a
black and white woodblock print that the person referred to.
_ (

A long explanatory fishy e-mail followed.and I found the very same letter
on the Internet when I googled "Art and Scams" and clicked one of the many
links. See below

This is how it was supposed to work . I was to cash their certified check
at my bank, take out the price of my art, $400, and pay the shipper for
the pickup the next day ..I received a $3000 check, not certified, for a $400
piece of art and I went to the Police with all the e-mails and the
check.The police told me it was a .phony check, as I thought and that I did not
divulge any important info.. They advised me to e-mail : "Transaction
cancelled. Police notified"
End of story.
Carol Lyons

_International Art Scammers Want You! | Art Marketing Secrets_

Jan 12, 2010 ... Art Marketing systems, tools, and advice to skyrocket
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Message 3
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 18:25:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41227] Corrected Pomegranate Link
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Bareners, in order to see Carol's pomegranate print, remove the
underscore "_" off Carol's link or it won't get there. Here's the
corrected link:

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Message 4
From: eli griggs
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 18:51:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41228] Re: woodblock Scam
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Thanks for sharing.

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Message 5
From: thadeenz97 #
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 19:26:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41229] Re: woodblock Scam
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I was just saying to a writer friend that while there are so many scams preying on writers, I haven't seen any targeting artists. Well, I guess we've hit some new territory. Thanks for sharing.
Jeff Dean
Napping Cat Press
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Message 6
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 19:48:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41230] RE: woodblock Scam
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Thank you Carol,

If you sell on eBay, Etsy, or any other art website, you will be more likely
to be a target, but other artists should also beware.

Please see this page and variations of the scam below. Any variation always
involves you dishing out money, either a deposit, a "partnership"
contribution, or for shipping.

Also beware of many pseudo-scams that involve a publication of your art in
something like "100 Best Contemporary Artists", "Artists Today", etc etc.
This involves you dishing out money, often a good chunk of money, for the
privilege of your artwork being published in a book. The real deal is that
these are self-published books that someone organizes, publishes, and then
gives the artists as many copies as they pay for while pocketing a handsome
profit. The book in question is never "really" published or distributed to
booksellers at all.



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Message 7
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 19:59:24 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41231] Re: woodblock Scam
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Both Carol and Maria are spot on regarding this topic. In addition to Maria's information, you'll find a lot of threads on scams, vanity books and galleries, and other ways to dishonestly relieve an honest artist of his work and, especially, money. Check out the Internet Sales Strategies forum (under the Art Business forum) on and you'll be much wiser... Scams are rampant out there!!!


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Subject: Paul Binnie - latest print "Inazuma" (Lightning)
Posted by: Julio

From Blue Rim gallery in London:

Paul Binnie, May 2010, (New release)
Oban, 66 x 32 cm. Edition of 40.

'Inazuma' means Lightning, but is a literary term that brings ideas of fertilising the fields derived from ancient poetry. The large format of this print gives a dramatic feeling of the verticality of the bolt of lightning as it crackles between dark clouds and rain to earth.

Within the edition of 40, there are 14 different printings, including 3 printings of solid black overlaid to achieve a deep, opaque darkness in the heaviest clouds.

To see a vast collection of Paul Binnie's prints at Blue Rim Gallery visit this link.

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Posted by: Diane Cutter

A Proof...  Una prueba...

This poor whale's tail woodcut has been lost in the studio for several months.  I'm back at it, after pulling this proof.  I can see I need to clear out a lot of the water ripples in the distance ... making them small glints of light.


Este pobre grabado en madera de cola de ballena ha sido perdido en mi taller durante varios mess.  Ya estoy de vuelto a trabajarlo despues de tirar esta prueba.  Veo que hace falta quitar mas del agua distante...  haciendo pequenos destellos de luz..

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Subject: I Made A Book (again)?

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