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  1. [Baren 37802] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4662 (Jan 5, 2009) ("Shelley Hagan")
  2. [Baren 37803] screened in studio brrrr (ArtSpotiB #
  3. [Baren 37804] ALL Exchange #38 participants, please read (ArtSpotiB #
  4. [Baren 37805] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Shelley Hagan"
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 02:45:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37802] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4662 (Jan 5, 2009)
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I've realized that I have not introduced myself so here goes: My name
is Shelley Hagan and I live in Dallas, Texas. This fall I moved to
Dallas from my hometown of Austin and the past few months have been
spent trying to acclimate. Before 'retiring' to stay home with my two
children I studied and worked in the graphic arts industry. About a
year ago quite by accident I rediscovered my interest in woodblock
printing and am eager to learn more. I glad to have found this forum -
it has already been a wealth of information and inspiration. I started
a blog today:

What a great studio, Marilyn. Is that the east or west coast? My
'studio' space has been transplanted to a detached screened in patio.
Fine when the weather is nice but man oh man when there is freezing
rain outside it's not so fabulous. Yours looks much warmer!

I look forward to getting to know all of you better,
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Message 2
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 08:24:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37803] screened in studio brrrr
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Nice to meet you, Shelley.

Here's some ideas for your studio porch. Not that you asked! It looks very
appealing on your blog.

Idea #1. make rollup clear vinyl (fabric store for the really clear, thick
stuff) curtins. Durable and effective. I've seen them used on a screened in
porch in the northern most part of Michigan for winter use (you can see Canada),
with grommets for the sides and bottom. Perhaps use industrial strength velcro
(office supply store for stabilizing computers out here in quake country),
hooks on vinyl, loops on wall (keeps your hands from getting scratched) for sides
and bottom. Or maybe just do tarp with a sewn in set of "windows" of clear

I once had an barely, rarely. heated studio in a former nunnery in Ohio and
did something similar for the doorway and window. I used inexpensive, "clear"
plastic from a hardware store, layering it twice at the doorway. I stapled it
to slats, then installed the slats. I then cut long vertical strips (this is
ONLY for a doorway) that alternated in placement in order to keep what little
heat was in the studio in the place. You'd laugh at how I "fixed" the ceiling
leak... put clear plastic up, put a hole into the lowest area, then placed a
(end-knotted) string in hole so that it went all the way down to a bucket. That
way I didn't have to listen to the dripping and there was no spattering of
drops. They didn't like heating the place, so the pipes had burst. It did the

Idea #2. nifty leg area heater, often used in warehouses... control switch is
handy as on/off as well as hi/lo. Mine is at my puter desk, leaning against a
file cabinet. Heater 150vv, 1.35 amp. item #331665 $70. switch #331666. $15.
Northern Tool Company.

Idea #3. oil-filled radiator heater. Item #177962. $50. Basically fireproof,
takes about as much as a big light bulb. Often available in hardware stores
(at a higher price). No spark, no open heating element to take all the oxygen
out of a sealed area. Northern Tool Company

The latter two are available at Northern Tool Company (on Net). They are out
of what I'd really like to have, a heated floor mat, until August. I lent mine
and it never came back. This year seems colder and I miss it. There's
something similar for dog kennel beds but I bet it's not very hot. Durable, works
great. When your feet are warm, most of the rest of you is too. Not currently
listed on net but is in their catalog.

Happy Printmaking.

ArtSpot Out
Benny Alba at OMebase

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher
and author (1902-1983)
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Message 3
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 08:39:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37804] ALL Exchange #38 participants, please read
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I imagine that all of you are thoroughly sick of hearing from me... but here

Would those who participated in the Exchange #38 check their {own} colophon

PLEASE, pretty PLEASE, send any additional, missing information to our
wonderful exchange headmistress, Maria. She just asked me for the information. I
thought that if you didn't send it, you didn't want anything said so just listed
what I could figure out. Mea culpa for not chasing it down.

This is for the NET, so it would be good for YOU as well as the Baren to have
it posted. By looking at the others' listings, you can tell what you perhaps
neglected to send.

And thanks, Vizra, for getting the postage to me along with a chickadee
print. Both much appreciated! At this point every single participant contributed
towards their postage. Thanks!

ArtSpot Out
BA at OMebase

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher
and author (1902-1983)

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Subject: They Looked Behind - Final
Posted by: Annie B

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Japanese woodblock (moku hanga)
Paper size: 29" x 14" (73.6 x 35.5 cm)
2 shina plywood blocks
9 hand-rubbed impressions
Paper: Nishinouchi
Edition: 9

Happy new year! I hope you all are safe and happy after the holiday season. I had a relaxing couple of weeks during which I managed to add this somewhat anticlimactic last layer to the latest print. I think I need to get these people to land!

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: The Doors of Perception...
Posted by: Kathe Welch

The Doors of Perception...

I have been so focused on getting my house back together, I have not had much time to draw or print. Today was the first day back to school. The kids were squirrely, but not bad. Still it was a very busy day with a lot of things to take care of. I always think I might be able to get some of my own work done while the kids are there but it never happens that way.

I have a couple of stories I have written and plan to illustrate. I was able to reread one of them during my lunch break and get a start on the storyboard for the illustrations....

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Subject: Autumn Reflection
Posted by: Linda Beeman

This print shows the Shiawassee River after several days of cold autumn rain. It was a beautiful sunny day and I went walking along the trails at Harmon Patridge Park. The river was a muddy, khaki color except close to me where it was reflecting the bright blue sky and all the colors of the trees on the opposite shore. The tress on the shore next to me were changing to yellows and oranges and with the reflected purples, greens, oranges and golds across the river and the was breathtaking!!

Moku Hanga, 8 shina blocks

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