Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Don Black Woodcut Engraving video

Here is an excellent video by Don Black in Toronto explaining and demonstrating the art of woodcut engraving.If you are not familiar with Don Black he runs a company that caters in old presses, refurbished letterpress equipment, type and just about everything else to do with printmaking. Please check out additional YouTube videos ( 19 at this time !) at DonBlackLetterpress:

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Andy English - Preparing the woodblock

Here is a clip from YouTube showing barener Andy English preparing a block of lemonwood for engraving. Make sure to checkout Andy's other videos.

Andy printing on a 1865 Albion Press:
Repairing a damaged block:

Thursday, September 6, 2007


My name is Wimberley and I have been a lurker on the Baren Blog for over a year. I have previously taken classes with Mike Lyon and April Vollmer. Both were terrific teachers. I am interested in the next year or so in taking a class in Japan. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where, when, how long, etc. I look forward to participating more in the Baren Blog.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Yoshitoshi at the Asian Art Museum

The San Francisco Asian Art Museum is having a wonderful exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints by Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). The show runs through September 2, 2007. Yoshitoshi Print

Aloha Bareners

Hello from San Francisco. I've been following the forum for many years and I have just posted my first entry here. I've been printmaking since 1992 and have been focused on woodblock printing since 1997. I have a website called headphonerecord. Thank you all for being the fantastic community and resource you are. Peace, love and woodchips, nathalie

Cervidae Arboreous

New woodcut reduction from Nathalie Roland Cervidae Arboreous by Nathalie Roland I printed these for the Tree Show at Giant Robot SF which opens this Saturday July 14th. Image is 12" x 17.5" varied edition of 14 carved on scrap wood from my friend's candy shop construction.
1 color 1 2 colors 2 and the final color 3rd and final color

Monday, April 30, 2007

Mike Lyon & Art Chicago 2007

This past Sunday I attended Art Chicago 2007 . The show makes it's home at Chicago's famous Merchandise Mart and is truly an international event with over 30 participating fine Art galleries from Europe, Canada and Asia and over 100 American galleries. Under the umbrella of "Artropolis" it was one of several Art shows running concurrently in one location. So much to see and so little time !
It was great to meet up again with Mike Lyon and his wife Linda who flew in from Kansas City for the show and visit with their son Andy. Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery from Kansas City which represents Mike brought along two of his more recent (and very large !) pen and ink drawings ("Rick" and "Anthony").
My wife Maria and I met up with the Lyons and after a most needed lunch we had a great time visiting the galleries and talking shop. Mike was a real trooper getting around with little problem just days after getting his cast removed (torn achilles tendon surgery !). I for one had trouble keeping up with him !
This was quite an upscale show with price tags to match...such prices ! A few of the works we inquired about were in the $50,000 to $250,000 range. Among my favorite artists on display were works by Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Wilfredo Lam (Cuban master), Colombian Fernando Botero and of course our very own Mike Lyon.
Click on any of the images for a larger view, more photos below...
LyonMikeLunchArtChicago.jpg From Left: Mike and Linda, their son Andy, Julio and Maria Rodriguez LyonMike&Linda.jpg Mike, Linda and "Rick" 2007 (75" X 45" on Arches 300lbs hot press paper) LyonAnthony.jpg "Anthony" 2007 (83" X 45" on Arches 300lbs hot press paper) LyonMike.jpg Mike Lyon LyonWheelchair.jpg Mike Lyon after an exhausting tour of Art Chicago ;-) Don't miss the Art Chicago 2007 photo gallery, click here and some short video clips that describe Artropolis and it's many shows.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Berndt Savig

Greetings all, My name is Berndt Savig and I was introduced to the Baren Forum by Paul de Jode. Presently I am an assistant professor in art and am planning on becoming more involved in printmaking when school lets out this next month. I have enjoyed viewing the prints and looking at some of the forum discussions, though I have yet to figure out how to join them... I am wondering if there is anyone who would be interested in a four or five day camping/printmaking get together in Colorado? Just throwing it out there as a possibility. There would be room to work on prints, but tents would be necessary for sleeping accomodations.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sarah Hauser Exhibition May 1 - 31

"99¢ Store Miracles” New Works on Paper by Sarah Hauser
Manhattan Graphics Center 481 Washington Street between Canal and Spring Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-8783
Dates of Exhibition: May 1 - 31, 2007 Reception: Sat. May 5, 6-8pm Hours: Tues-Friday 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
As a child, I always loved the 5 and 10¢ stores and....
with each trip would wonder what little treasure I would find there. That fascination has continued through the years, and has evolved into my current series of works on paper, “99¢ Store Miracles”. The inspiration and “models” for these works are toys which I purchased at 99¢ stores. I set them up in ever-changing miniature landscapes in my studio. I work with a variety of media, constantly finding new ways to combine them. For this exhibition, I have been working with printmaking and drawing media in combination with gouache, inks and metallic paints. Best wishes Sarah Hauser

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Chinese New Year Prints

The New Year Exchange prints site has been updated with images from past exchanges. Horses, dogs, sheep, monkey, pigs, etc. Over 250 prints on display....
New-Year Exchange Gallery
Many thanks to Carole Baker for all the scanning & uploading.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

"Sacramento Carol"

Our friend Carol Gilbert-Wagner passed away earlier this week. "Sacramento Carol" as she would often signoff in her posts joined the Baren forum back in June of 2002. From the very start she made an impact with her positive attitude, her love for books, poetry and her desire to learn Moku-hanga. Artist, bookmaker, poet, mother & grandmother..these were just a few of the roles that Carol enjoyed. During the Calendar project of 2003 she was a big help to me and a major contributor with multiple prints. Later she exhibited and promoted Baren work locally and at Art Ellis, the Art Supply store where she worked and served as Art consultant. We exchanged many emails during that project and I will always be grateful for her support and contributions.
I can't claim to have really known Carol as we never met in person but I am hoping that those that knew her and were touched by Carol in someway would like to share their thoughts here by either creating a new entry, sharing images of Carol's work or by posting additional comments. Carol's photo is from the blog of her good friend and barener Patti Phare-Camp where more images of Carol's work can be seen.
Most recently Carol was working on a joined book-making effort with her friend and collaborator Robin Morris. I first got a little insight into what a special person Carol was in a Baren post that Robin made after meeting a group of Californian Bareners in April 2005. It is worth another read as it speaks volumes about Carol.
There will be a service of remembrance and celebration of Carol's life. Friends, family and those who knew her are invited:
McKinley Park Sacramento California at 10 a.m. on this coming Saturday the 24th of March.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New print for Nude Exchange

My print for Exchange #29
Here are some pics of one of my latest prints. It's a three-step reduction print carved on 3/4" birch-ply and printed in traditional Japanese style. I have included pics of the block at each step. Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.

Step #1 - Background Yellow color

Step #2 - Light skin tone

Step #3 - Dark skin tone

Final Image