Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42838] Re: making art and what the public wants (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 42839] the pizza blogs (Raymond Hudson)
  3. [Baren 42840] this is incredible. read wayne dyer ("Phare-Camp")
  4. [Baren 42841] Re: making art and what the public wants ("Ellen Shipley")
  5. [Baren 42842] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:06:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42838] Re: making art and what the public wants
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That's so funny, Andrew, that the most popular post on your
printmaking blog is about pizza. The most popular post on my blog,
judging by the number of comments, is a post about writing backwards.
Apparently there just aren't very many web sites addressing this
perplexing talent. Tens of people have left comments wishing to be
recognized for their amazing God-given talent for mirror-writing, or
even writing upside down, while others express worry and fear that
somehow this talent is too strange and perhaps portends something
wrong with them. For some, this seems to be the first time they've
publicly admitted to the ability to write backwards. No mention, of
course, of the original content of the blog post, which was how to
get a reverse image of handwriting onto a wooden block.

Perhaps I should give up the printmaking and study psychology? I
could address a genuine need in the population and start an online
support group for people who write backwards.

I've always wanted to do a blog post about my most popular blog post,
but I'm afraid that it would suffer the same fate.

best to all,
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Message 2
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:24:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42839] the pizza blogs
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Thanks, Andrew. Truly enjoyed that! and Annie also for the backward writing.

Pizza! what a great theme for a print exchange.

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Message 3
From: "Phare-Camp"
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:21:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42840] this is incredible. read wayne dyer
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Better yet read Alan Watts...
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Message 4
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:06:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42841] Re: making art and what the public wants
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Love this. ;-> I too write backwards proficiently. We're a rare breed. I
did use it to good effect once when making monoprints. I used ink and a
crow quill pen. Great idea except for the fact I have poor penmanship
whatever direction I'm writing. ;- j


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Subject: Exchanging wood for lino
Posted by: Sue

I have lots of ideas brewing for new engravings, but my stock of wood blocks is empty. And so is my piggy-bank at the moment, but I can't wait to get going again. I need to get some more, but in the meantime I have dug out a vintage set (unused!) of lino cutting tools that my mother passed to me and a piece of lino that has, frankly, seen better days. I can't be bothered to trail all the way to the nearest art or DIY shop just for that, so decide to go with the distressed look! What better excuse to freshen my artistic outlook with a 'bit of a play' with unfamiliar materials?

I haven't lino-printed since schooldays and I know that lino doesn't take fine cutting as well as endgrain wood, so no minute detailing then.  The lino tools felt clunky and clumsy, so I got out my engraving tools and they worked just as well and felt more comfortable to use. The lino itself is cutting a little crumblier than I hoped, probably to do with it's advanced years, but when I warm it up with the hairdrier, it's better.

I have had a sketch floating about for years, showing supporters at some unspecified ball game, caught at the point where their team scores a much-needed goal. I wanted to show that moment of sheer exultation (or disappointment for the scored-against).

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