Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38272] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4730 (Mar 5, 2009) (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 38273] Re: Beware of art scam. ("")
  3. [Baren 38274] Re: Beware of art scam. (Graham Scholes)
  4. [Baren 38275] Making a Mark (Carole Baker)
  5. [Baren 38276] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 13:53:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38272] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4730 (Mar 5, 2009)
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I have definitely gone into the ox business. I bathe and groom the
big beasts and hang them on the line to dry. Some how, though, they
have shrunk to only 3.75 x 9.50 inches and have gotten rather flat.
It must be the air here in the southern Baja that causes such an
interesting event!

In reality I am doing a collagraph print and made it that size because
it works with the paper leftover paper from another series. Since my
prints for the new year will not be mailed til late spring I just want
everyone to know they are being done and will get to everyone. This
group of prints are definitely variable and hand done, everyone is
slightly different, so all participants get a true original!

Marilynn and little Alusha from sunny Baja Sur, Mexico

Oh my, this is not woodblock or printmaking. As I typed this I heard
a coo, coo and looked out my glass door and there sitting on the
railing was a dove, it was fanning its tail feathers and cooing, wow!
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Message 2
From: ""
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:30:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38273] Re: Beware of art scam.
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It's good to hear about such scams; an invitation to send prints and
money to some comparable concept shows up in my inbox about every 10

As to the Vancouver scam, most Police forces have Fraud squads and
Vancouver is no exception. I suspect that The Autumn Brook Gallery
would be more helpful if it was a Detective asking question.
It can be reported online:

100 Artists Scammed in the “Vancouver Art Box Show” on 30 Dec 2008

In December 2008, there was a call for submission to the “Vancouver
Art Box Show” circulating in the Vancouver art community by “Shawn
Findley, possibly 34, from Austin, Texas.” Each artist was supposed to
be sent a cheque of $ 50 per sold artworks. No one got paid. He
vanished into thin air.

Michelle Kuen Suet Fung has also contacted Autumn Brook Gallery where
the event was held. Although the gallery gladly provided the phone
number, no help or further communication was encouraged.
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Message 3
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:38:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38274] Re: Beware of art scam.
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It is in the hands of the fraud department in January. (

> As to the Vancouver scam, most Police forces have Fraud squads and
> Vancouver is no exception...
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Message 4
From: Carole Baker
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 19:10:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38275] Making a Mark
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I just saw that Baren got mentioned on Katherine Tyrrell's popular
Making a Mark blog:

Carole Baker
Gustavus, Alaska... now in warm and sunny Florida

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Subject: No Friends to Greet Them
Posted by: Annie B

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Japanese woodblock (moku hanga)
Paper size: 29" x 14" (73.6 x 35.5 cm)
4 shina plywood blocks
9 hand-rubbed impressions
Paper: Nishinouchi
Edition: 17 (8 dark background, 9 light background)

Being thus passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation, they had now no friends to welcome them nor inns to entertain or refresh their weatherbeaten bodies; no houses or much less town to repair to, to seek for succour... And for the season it was winter. ? William Bradford

While I was framing and preparing for the Hosmer Gallery show I was also frantically printing this piece, as I didn't want to display "Worried About the Kids" without this one, which I consider a companion piece. I hope you'll forgive me for not documenting the progress this time. Of course I ended up printing it twice because I was rushing. I did a dark sky and then felt like it wasn't right so I did a version with a lighter sky. By the end, I liked them both, so I have a sort of double edition.

The pigments I use are pure pigment suspensions from Guerra Paint & Pigment in NY (see sidebar for link) . . .
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Subject: Spring update ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Here we are with a long-overdue update on what's happening with this Mokuhankan venture.

I get the occasional email from a fan or collector asking about when more items will be appearing in the catalogue, and whether or not I will actually be publishing more new print designs. After all, it has been two years now since any new images appeared here, and I can understand that people might have given up waiting!

I can reply right away that yes, there will be more prints here at some point, and that far from being 'abandoned', Mokuhankan is playing a very important role in my activities. But expanding the catalogue is having to take a back seat these days to the more mundane job of just keeping my head above water.

But that's not meant to be a negative statement - Mokuhankan is actually hugely successful. Let me explain ...

Here is a breakdown of what sort of items are in the Mokuhankan catalogue at present:

Classical reproductions4 items
Modern works2 items
'Gift' prints3 items
Re-prints from Dave's albums9 items
Printmaking eBooks3 items
Dave's story books6 items
Miscellaneous2 items

Not much to show for nearly three years ... 18 prints (more than half of them just reprints from existing blocks), a few eBooks, and Dave's little essay 'hobby'! But from this very sparse little catalogue, there has been just shy of three million yen in sales generated since we started! (At today's exchange rate, that's just about $30,000)

Here's a little spreadsheet showing the income and expenses:

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Subject: Passing Storm (original woodblock print)
Posted by: Viza Arlington

Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: Passing Storm
moku-hanga (Japanese woodcut method) on Masa paper watercolor and sumi ink
paper size: 7.5 X 10 inches
image size:4.5 X 8
This is a state proof
signed by artist

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Subject: At a Terrace Table
Posted by: Robert Simola

5" x 7" cherry wood block print
with Graphic Chemical bone black ink
on Somerset paper

As I look over the prints I have done in the last year, I keep trying to see if they create a body of work that meet the "cohesive" criteria of the California Society of Printmakers. So far the answer I keep coming up with is no, they are not cohesive. My goal has been to illustrate the respective poems to which each print is attached, and for some reason, even though the subject matter of each print is a woman's face, the prints seem to me to be to stylistically diverse to be cohesive. So what makes a body of work "cohesive"? Is it style? subject matter? size? technique? all the above? some of the above? none of the above? And if ekphrastic poetry is poetry based on an art work, what is an art work that is based on a poem called?

At a Terrace Table

The candle flame, fractured in the cut-glass urn,

was slowly drowning in the molten wax.

Her fingers twirled a strand of auburn hair

that had spun a spider's web of softness

at her neck. "I just don't know what you want.

. . .
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