Necropolis at The Congregation Gallery

Miss Pandemonium 1489 (Demon Beauty Queen)
I am pleased to announce my participation in the Necropolis show at The Congregation Gallery opening July 16th. The gallery is home to some spectacular dark contemporary works, Necropolis promises to be a spectacular show. I am making plans to travel down to attend the opening reception and look forward to exploring at least a bit of Los Angeles while we’re there. More details to follow as the date approaches.

Events Three Hands Press

May Updates

Now that I have

some time between shows, I’m focusing on a few pieces including my contribution to “The Hunt” as well as some new works for Three Hands Press. Of course, due to the nature of these projects I cannot share any photos of the works in progress. I am very much looking forward to sharing them later this year.

I’m also pleased to be part of The Lovecraft’s “dark arts” fair again this month. I’ll have my full array of Lovecraft prints as well as other appropriate works on hand from noon to 6pm on Sunday, May 29th!


Norwescon Schedule

Norwescon 34 begins this Thursday, April 21st! You’ll be able to find my work in the Art Show and Print Shop during their open hours, and you’ll be able to find me in the following places at the following times (barring any schedule or room changes):

Thursday 5pm Cascade 8 Finding Inspiration

The creative process can often be a tricky one and it is easy to fall into ruts or hit a blank wall. Our panelists will discuss how to develop ideas, create compelling subject matter, and what to do when you find yourself stuck, not knowing what to do for your next piece of art. (Liv Rainey-Smith, Todd Lockwood, Tiffany Toland, Rob Carlos )

Thursday 9pm Cascade 13 Artist’s Jam

Everyone participates in this extravaganza! Bring your questions for the professionals and materials with which to create art on the spot. Hang out with other artists, show your sketchbooks and work on art together.
(Liv Rainey-Smith, Alan M. Clark, John R. Gray III, John P. Alexander, Rob Carlos, Mike Vaillancourt)

Friday 10am-12:45pm Artist’s Alley
During my Artist’s Alley times I’ll be demonstrating woodcut carving, hand printing, and answering your questions.

Friday 1pm Cascade 10 History of Fantastic Art
Come travel through time with us as we explore fantasy art from the perspective of the symbolist, visionary, and surrealist movements, looking at the history of the imaginary and the fantastic in visual art over the years and how it has influenced contemporary styles and content. (Mark Roland, Liv Rainey-Smith, Douglas Herring, John P. Alexander)

Friday 2pm Cascade 13 Block Printing Demo and Workshop
Come and watch as artists working on lino and wood blocks create their art. See examples of their work, ask questions, or make one for yourself! There will be a limited numbers of tools and blocks available for people to work with, so the workshop will be first come, first serve. (Liv Rainey-Smith, Larry Lewis, Mimi Noyes)

Saturday 9am-11am Artist’s Alley

During my Artist’s Alley times I’ll be demonstrating woodcut carving, hand printing, and answering your questions.

Saturday Noon Grand 1 Art Show Tour with Liv Rainey-Smith
Liv Rainey-Smith talks in depth about her work in the show and shares her thoughts about selected other works as well. Come enjoy an artist’s perspective on the art show! Tour is limited to 10 participants. Please sign up in advance at the art show, and meet by the Print Shop at Noon.

Saturday 3pm Cascade 8 The Evolving Image of the Dragon in Art and Literature
Dragons have been the subject of art and stories throughout history in nearly all cultures around the world. The image of the dragon shows up in art and literature in both Eastern and Western cultures.What is it about dragons that has so captured the collective imaginations of all cultures throughout the ages? What are the best of the new crop of stories and art? (Todd Lockwood, Liv Rainey-Smith, John R. Gray III)

Sunday 10am-Noon Artist’s Alley
During my Artist’s Alley times I’ll be demonstrating woodcut carving, hand printing, and answering your questions.

Sunday 2pm Cascade 9 Artist Koffee Klatch
Come spend an hour with some of our fine artists in an informal setting.
Kinuko Y. Craft, Betsy Mott, Liv Rainey-Smith, John R. Gray III, Michaela Eaves, Tiffany Toland, Rob Carlos, Wayfarer’s Moon, Bryan Syme, Mike Vaillancourt

Events Printmaking

Greetings from Krampus

Every year as the winter holidays approach I think, “I should do a seasonal print.” Trouble is, I’m not content to whip up a standard-issue charming winter scene — you can find one of those anywhere, so I often end up doing nothing at all, or something very limited. In 2009, I managed my first holiday print while recovering from an early December surgery.

Liv's idea of a x-mas card
Just what does an octopus need mittens for?
Surprise surprise, it wasn’t a reindeer, snowman, or other classic icon of the season. Rather jolly image though, and I like to think I’d have come up with it regardless of the painkillers I was on at the time. I managed to whip up about 30 prints and send them out to family and friends. I had intended to create a follow-up in 2010, but without a surgery to keep me at home, I ended up too busy. I did, however, manage to make time to finally make something of my interest in the Krampus tradition.

Krampus woodcut in progress
Carving Krampus

For those not in the know, Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas on his rounds. Unlike St. Nick, he’s not interested in good children. He’s there to frighten, punish, and possibly even abduct the worst behaved children. This imposing figure is an Alpine tradition still practiced in the first weeks of December with costumed performers and raucous celebrations. Krampus postcards were particularly popular in the early 20th century, and were often emblazoned with the phrase, “Gruss vom Krampus!” (Greetings from Krampus!)

Krampus woodcut print 2nd edition
Someone has been naughty

My Krampus woodcut was created for the 2010 OCAC print exchange, and as such, an edition of only 30 were printed on off-white Rives BFK and exchanged. The handful of proofs from the printing were mostly given to family, and the block was put away until just a couple weeks ago. I liked this one too much to not print a 2nd edition. In order to differentiate between the two editions I’ve carved the block a bit further and printed on buff Rives BFK. I’m 8 months early for Krampusnacht 2011, but at least this year I’m ready!

Speaking of ready, I’m currently gearing up for Norwescon next week! I’m looking forward to demonstrating relief printmaking along with Mimi Noyes and Larry Lewis on Friday, and will also be carving and printing in artist’s alley several times over the course of the convention.



I enjoy drawing on wood

After a flurry of shows and events, and before Norwescon, I’m finally back in the studio catching up on printing. I finished up the 2nd edition of Gruss vom Krampus today (photos soon) and will next be tackling the Sphinx edition. The Sphinx was first sketched directly on the block at an event last summer, then proofed in front of an audience at Art in the Pearl. Autumn/winter tends to be my busy season, so I never got around to printing the planned edition of 50 though I did make a few of the best proofs available at events and online.

Carving the Sphinx

Technically speaking, I could have printed a few of the edition and numbered them as such, but I much prefer to print editions all at once. If it is impossible to pull the entire edition in one day (I’m a human not a machine), I’ll print the edition over a few days. Why do this rather than “print to order?” It would certainly be less of an up-front investment in paper and time to pull a few prints, sell them, then pull a few more.

Proof of the Sphinx's existence.

However, by printing editions as I do in one fell swoop, I’m able to maintain greater control over the quality of the edition. My woodcuts are all hand pulled and due to the nature of wood and the maker (I’m still not a machine), there will always be slight variations between each print. That said, it is an edition! The variations need to be slight, and #50 shouldn’t be a lower quality piece of art than #1. So I print them all at once, give them a few days to dry, and then spend time sorting through all of the prints. Any that deviate too far from the rest, or are outright mistakes, aren’t included in the edition. Good variants might be kept as artist proofs, but mistakes are destroyed. On the few blocks I’ve treated as open editions (primarily artist trading cards), I still print in batches and keep examples on hand for comparison.


Art fair at The Lovecraft Bar

Greetings from lovely R'lyeh
The innaugural “Love Craft Fair” at the Lovecraft Bar is happening this Sunday, March 27th from noon to 6pm! I’ll be there with all my most monstrous woodcut prints, as well as any remaining H.P. Lovecraft jewelry from my jeweler days. Stop by and say, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn,” if you dare.

The Lovecraft Bar is located at:
421 SE Grand
Portland OR, 97214

Also rapidly approaching is the Sekhet-Maat Art Opening featuring an eclectic mix of esoteric artists both pro and amateur including Kate Ball, Jacob Poe, Joseph Thiebes, and me.

April 1st, 7pm-11:30pm
1409 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214

Last but not least, if you can’t make it to any of the events, you can always take advantage of the SHIPFREEMARCH coupon code through April 1st at both of my Etsy sites:


Full sheet trading card pre-order

Mi-go ACEO woodcut print
Last fall I created a set of Lovecraftian woodcut trading cards. At the time I had hoped to pull some good evenly inked & printed full sheet prints, but due to a series of studio renovations coupled with a busy schedule, it never happened. Now it is time to pull some prints!

Lovecraft artist trading card block
Early proof of the Lovecraft ACEO block

Are you interested in a full sheet print of the H.P. Lovecraft artist trading card block?

I am accepting pre-orders for full sheets prints through March 26th. $40.00 gets you one signed print on acid free Rives BFK, shipping included. Paper color preference? I have white, off-white, and buff on hand, just include a note if you have a preference, otherwise I’ll likely be working in off-white.

Worth noting: I’ve done a little more carving on the center portrait since that first printing, so it has changed slightly. 12×9″ block (properly centered on the sheet unlike the photo to the right), 14×11″ paper size. Finished prints will need a little time to dry, but will ship no later than April 15th. Send payment along with your shipping address via Paypal to or e-mail for alternative payment arrangements.


Free Shipping & Lovecraft news

Flora -- Woodcut print 2011

Given the string of local events this month, I thought a bit of free shipping might be nice for the non-locals (and stuck-at-home locals). Order from my either of my Etsy shops through April 1st and use this coupon code for free domestic (USA) shipping: SHIPFREEMARCH General works Mythos works

International collectors, I’ll be happy to sweeten your order with some bonuses, or e-mail me at so we can arrange an discount equivalent to the domestic offer for you.

H.P. Lovecraft fans, mark your calendars! I’m excited to announce The Lovecraft Bar is having their first Dark Art & Craft fair on March 27th. I’ll be digging out the last of my Lovecraft jewelry (still half price because it isn’t gone yet), and of course bringing all my most monstrous art out to play including the parchment leather prints.

Love Craft Fair at The Lovecraft tea house and bar.

Sunday March 27th 12pm-6pm
421 SE Grand
Portland OR 97214


Buckman Art Show & Sell this weekend

Join me this Friday & Saturday at the 21st Annual Buckman Art Show & Sell. This will be my 2nd year as a participating artist and I’m thrilled to once more have the opportunity to support the Buckman Elementary arts focus school. I have a larger display space this year and will be offering up a selection of framed and unframed works starting at just $20. A percentage of every sale (plus 100% of the silent auction sales) go directly to the school. Visit the Buckman Show & Sell website for more information. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 11, 5pm to 9pm ($5 admission; kids 4 and under are free)
Saturday, March 11, 10am to 5pm ($2 donation)

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School
320 SE 16th Avenue (between Stark and Pine)
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 936-2197

Three Hands Press

Three Hands Press

Today, Three Hands Press made their official announcement, and so now I can share it with you:

Three Hands Press is pleased to welcome Liv Rainey-Smith to our artistic coterie. Liv hails from the Pacific Northwest, executing visionary images in the time-honoured medium of woodblock prints. The subjects of her work include deities, demons, nightmare-spirits, and the monstrous emanations of the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Liv’s art will be featured in several upcoming titles to be announced later this year.

Needless to say, I am very excited to be working with Three Hands Press. Keep watching this space for more details!