Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45236] Dragons galore! (David Bull)
  2. [Baren 45237] Describing prints (jennifermartindale #
  3. [Baren 45238] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: David Bull
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:38:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45236] Dragons galore!
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It's time for the annual announcement of Matsumura-san's new year card

Again, Sadako-san has scanned them all in for him, and created a set
of pages ...

- after clicking the Dragon, the following pages are arranged in
(Japanese) alphabetical order. Some groups are larger than others -
just follow the little arrows at the side of each 3x6 display panel.
- the thumbnails are all linked to enlargements
- it seems that Matsumura-san has moved some of his old web pages, so
images from the years 2000~2003 are lost in cyberspace somewhere ...

If you want to send a 'thank you' to Sadako (Pippimama on the 'net)
for the work, you can do so through the contact link on her (not-very-
frequently-updated-in-English) garden website at:

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Message 2
From: jennifermartindale #
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:34:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45237] Describing prints
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Our local town Art Club want to distinguish between what I tend to describe as 'Artist Hand Made' prints and 'Mechanical Reproductions'. We have nothing against either, but do not want the Giclee type prints being hung as Original Artist Made Prints, which is what people are offering them as. Our last Open exhibition Hand-in turned into a rather unseemly argument on the subject as I refused entry to these giclee prints being offered as original art. Help! I would be grateful for ideas on clear descriptions to separate the differences. Thank you.

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Subject: Arts of Japan series : print #1 - keyblock finished
Posted by: Dave Bull

The keyblock for the first print in the new series is now 'finished'. It'll almost certainly need some touch-up work after we get to the test printing stage, but for now, this is as far as I can take it:

It has turned out pretty well. I selected an extremely hard block of wood for this one, because of the small-scale of the linework, and the wood held up no matter how thin the lines became.

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Subject: Mixed Feelings #1: Dirt
Posted by: Annie B


Japanese-method woodblock (moku hanga) with transfer drawing
Image size: 10.25" x 17" (26 x 43 cm)
Paper size: 12.5" x 19" (63.5 x 98 cm)
Paper: Shikoku White
Edition: 10

This print is the first in a series that examines cliches we have about money that use the same metaphor for both wealth and poverty. Here we have sayings that compare both great wealth and abject poverty to dirt and filth. Does this mean that we see money itself as unclean?

The print was made with two blocks of wood, one uncarved for applying the dirty texture and one carved with the "Filthy Rich" text and printed with brown:


The "dirt poor" handwriting (modeled on my father's handwriting) was done with a technique known as transfer drawing. First I printed out the handwriting on laser paper. Then I inked the back:

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Subject: Across the USA, two more citizens
Posted by: Maria

Ellen Shipley in Santa Clarita, California USA sends this block and words:
Pigeons are ever-present denizens of a city, and what is more ubiquitous than a pigeon on a balcony?  Something has caught her attention however, and she'll soon be winging away.

When we lived in an apartment we put a feeder on our balcony to attract the neighborhood finches.  But word spread among the feathery folk and soon we had party crashers.  The jays were bullies and threw seed all over the balcony.  But the pigeons were the worst.  They ate so much seed they waddled.  Sadly we had to stop feeding the finches, who had long ago been chased away.  It's a bird eat seed world out there.

What cool images on the paper! Thank you.

Meanwhile across the country, Eric Hoffman from Warwick, Rhode Island USA sends his contribution:
I thought long and hard about this incredible project, The City of The World, and decided that my contribution would reference one of my favorite places to visit every time I visit a new city: The Used Record Store. Music like so many other things is quickly becoming ALL digital, to be downloaded and played in an instant from a computer. While I love the convenience of this new technology, my heart will always be in an actual record store. The smell of the old jackets, the history of how they ended up there, and the big beautiful artwork! I have always thought actual records sound so warm and beautiful on a turntable. The record store is a dying breed with more closing year by year.

My image for the City is one of excitement! The surprise and absolute amazement of finding an nice clean copy of an old John Coltrane album in a record bin! Pure magic, pure bliss! I primarily work in relief engraving, and a large body of my work features various 1950's Blue Note jazz musicians in their prime creating some of the most phenomenal sounds ever recorded! Every city needs music. Every city needs Jazz! That's my idea for The City of The World!!!!

My engravings can be found on my website -

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