Author Archive | Liv

Happy Halloween!

halloween-carvings2-2016

Looks like it will be a soggy chilly night here in Portland, but I’ve got a bowl full of candy and stickers ready for any hardy trick-or-treaters! I’ve carved a few pumpkins to ward off the evil spirits and even went extra traditional with a turnip this year! Why a turnip? Pumpkins are a plant from the Americas and the Samhain tradition of warding off evil with grotesque vegetable lamps began before such crops were imported to the British Isles. If you decide to try turnip carving for yourself, be wary of the hollowing out portion, I nearly cut myself with a paring knife. I found a sturdy spoon to be fairly effective for scraping once I’d bored a hole into it.

The orange pumpkin is based on my Black Shuck woodcut which originally appeared in Arcanum Bestiarum. It was carved with inexpensive woodcut and linoleum tools. I’m hoping I’ve shaved the pumpkin wall enough to get a good glow out of it tonight!

Portland Shows in November

If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, you’ll have multiple opportunities to see my latest (including the new Krampus print) in November including:

November 4th opening

Wells & Verne
734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR
Opening reception 6-9pm
I will be in attendance and we’ll have a selection of my Sigh Co Graphic shirts as well as prints and lapel pins. Show will hang approximately one month.

November 12th opening

Backstory Books & Yarn
6010 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR
Opening reception 4-8pm
I’ll be carving a woodcut during the reception and have a large selection of prints plus bookmarks and cards. Show will hang approximately one month

November  13th — ONE DAY ONLY

Siren Nation Art & Craft Fair
Located in the McMenamin’s Kennedy School Gym
10am-4pm
This is a great opportunity to visit an eclectic array of local artists and craftspeople. I’ll have a somewhat limited selection due to space constraints, so please e-mail me if you would like me to have something specific on hand. First 35 visitors in the door will receive a gift bag, which from what I’ve seen in the past is rather nice, so queue early if you’d like a shot at receiving one.

Krampus pins are nearly complete

Last but not least, Krampus enamel pin pre-orders will ship November 7th. I expect to have them done just before the Wells & Verne show, but I won’t have time to package and ship them ahead of the show. If you’d like to pick yours up during the opening party on November 4th, let me know.

Patron subscription packages will also be shipping in early November. If you’d like in on this shipment, pledge via Patreon before October ends! Rewards for pledges made in November will ship in early December.

Have a delightfully haunted Halloween,
Liv

My H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Schedule

Here’s my guest schedule for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Please note, I’m also vending upstairs in the theatre, and while I won’t be at the table every second of every day, it’s a good place to find me.

Panel 1: THE HAUNTED PAINTBRUSHFriday 7 pm
Artists discuss the sources and styles that influence their work, whether it be representation or scenes from HPL stories, or just inspired by cosmic horror. Moyer (M), Carlucci, Dubisch, Denham, Rainey-Smith, Stout, Walls.

Pickman’s Apprentice — Artists will compete by creating 1 hour art based on audience prompts! (Yes, I will be carving and printing a woodblock.
ROUND 1 – Saturday at 12 – 1:30 pm
John Donald Carlucci, Mike Dubisch, Nick Gucker, Shelby Denham, Liv Rainey-Smith

If I move to the final round:

ROUND 3 – 3:45-5:15 pm
The winners of Rounds 1 and 2 will go head to head. One will be named Pickman’s Apprentice by the audience

Introducing the Krampus lapel pin

Krampus lapel pin concept

Krampus is designed from my original woodcut art. The lapel pin will be rendered in nickel-free 24k gold plate and soft enamel to give a bit of extra dimension to the pin. I expect to ship the finished pins in early November and will package them in paper jewelry boxes with tissue paper. (International customers ordering multiple pins, please note, in order to save you from much higher shipping fees, I will pack multiple pins into one jewelry box.)

The Krampus enamel pin will retail for $15, but if you pre-order before October 21st, you pay just $10.

Please note, because this is a pre-order there may be some slight changes to the design as the pins are made. Based on my experience with the Raven and Cthulhu pins, the most likely alteration will to be more metal around the perimeter of the enamel. If any major changes are necessary, I will message those who have already ordered with the updated concept art.

Order now via:

Etsy (USA & International shipping options)

Paypal (USA shipping only)

Wholesale pricing for orders of 12 pins or more is available, contact me for details.

Introducing the Cthulhu lapel pin!

Cthulhu-pin-announcementMy newest lapel pin is based upon my original Cthulhu woodcut, which was inspired by the passage below and created in a pseudo-15th Century style.

“If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.”   H.P. Lovecraft —  The Call of Cthulhu 

Like the Raven pin, Cthulhu will be rendered 1.25″ tall in shiny 24k gold plate with soft enamel color. Production will take approximately one month, and to get the ball rolling, I’m offering a special pre-order price of just $10 through August 27th. Pre-orders may be placed via:

Etsy  (USA & International)

Paypal (USA only)

Please note, because this is a pre-order, the finished pin may vary slightly from the concept art above. The Raven pin experienced a couple changes between final concept and production, but they were minor enough to be almost unnoticeable. If any major changes are made to the design during production I will update you. I expect to begin shipping the finished Cthulhu pins no later than mid-September, in plenty of time for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR!

One last note, if Cthulhu is not your cup of tea, don’t worry, more pins are in the works. Just as the Raven pin sales assured this second lapel pin could be made, Cthulhu will help with the creation of the next. So if you enjoy enameled lapel pins from independent artists, please spread the word because you really do make a difference by doing so.

Cheers!

Liv

 

Honey & Venom opening

Honey and Venom
I’m proud to be participating in the Honey & Venom show at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. (That’s my Bee in the upper right.) I won’t be able to make the trip down for the show, but if you have the opportunity to see it, the previews look spectacular!

Introducing the Raven lapel pin (with a special pre-order price)

I’ve been a fan of lapel pins for years and enjoy collecting them. I love good quality pins because in addition to making lapels more exciting, they are lasting and portable keepsakes. Creating my own has been a personal goal for quite some time, so I’m excited to announce my first enameled lapel pin, the Raven. The Raven lapel pin is designed from my original woodcut art with a color scheme based upon a color artist proof. Rendered in gold plate and soft enamel with sandblasted elements (key and flames) to give a bit of extra dimension to the finished pin. As you can see in the concept art below, we’re packing a lot of detail into this sturdy little (1.25 inch) pin! The Raven pin will be priced at $15 each, but if you pre-order now, it will yours for just $10 plus $3 shipping within the USA.

This pre-order price offer ends as soon as the pins are finished, and production has already begun. Unless a delay arises, I expect the pins to be ready to ship before the end of July, so place your pre-order while you can!

Prefer to not use Paypal? You can also pre-order via my Etsy Store.

Please note, finished lapel pin will look slightly different from concept art because it will be an actual 3 dimensional object made of metal and enamel, not just pixels on your screen.

She Walks in Shadows is a World Fantasy Award finalist

She walks in shadows
I just found out from Silvia Moreno-Garcia that She Walks in Shadows is a World Fantasy Award finalist in the Anthology category! I’m thrilled not just because I am one of many contributors, but because it is a fantastic collection. Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles put a great deal of work into assembling the anthology and it shows!

(That’s my contributor copy in the photo, it arrived last October while I was carving pumpkins.)

Experiments

Moth printed on goat parchment

Moth printed on goat parchment

I’ve had to cut back a bit on work for the past week in order to give the inflamed tendon in my left hand a rest. The process of diagnosis irritated the tendon enough that it went from being a weird sensation to a painful one. The pain mellowed out after a couple days, but I’ve been paying close attention to what actions irritate it, and adjusting accordingly.

Thankfully my left hand is not my dominant hand, so I’ve been sketching, researching, scheming, and continuing to carve at about half my normal rate. Aside from working on the project which shall remain nameless, I’ve been exploring the notion of screen printing on alternate materials. During one of the wood veneer printing sessions, I tested a piece of goatskin parchment to see how well the ink would work with it.

I bungled my first pass but flipped the piece over and managed to get a good crisp print on the 2nd try. Since the ink has dried, I’ve been handling the piece to see how well it is set in — bending, scratching, rubbing the surface — and I’m pleased with the result. Now the question is, what to do with it? In the past when I have printed my woodcuts on parchment, I’ve offered them much the same as I offer prints on paper. The purchaser chooses whether to frame them, tack them up on the wall, collect them in an album, etc. etc. etc. Paper has some limitations with regards to durability. So does parchment, but it also has different properties and potential uses. It could potentially be stretched over a frame, used in book binding, or sewn in to a larger piece of some sort. If stretched over an open frame, it could potentially be illuminated from behind — mind you, I’m not looking to start a lampshade empire, but the possibility of incorporating light into my art is an interesting one.

Now that I know I can print on parchment, I’m keen to experiment with leather as well. I have a fair amount on hand due to my past bookbinding coursework, so I’ve been pulling out my supplies and finding test pieces to print on. You can see a bit of it behind the parchment in the image above. I’ve got a few blues, greens, and reds to work with. and some white and gold screen print ink so I’m not limited to printing only black on light color surfaces.

There’s a bit more prep work to do, but I’m looking forward to an experimental printing day soon!

First Friday at Bite Studio

Woodcut in progress inspired by The VVitch

Woodcut in progress inspired by The VVitch

For those not in the know, Bite Studio is the group studio where I pull all of my prints. It is home to a wide variety of printmakers and we’re only open to the public on First Fridays from 6pm-10pm. Join us if you can! I’m not doing many shows right now in order to focus on my large project (not the piece shown above, though I am working on it as well), but I will be in attendance.

Bite Studio
2000 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Can’t be there in person? Here’s what will be available framed and unframed at Bite: Signum Advenit and Summoning. Mind you, they always look better in person!

Freshly screen printed Tsathogguas on 8 x 10 wood veneer.

Freshly screen printed Tsathogguas on 8 x 10 wood veneer.

Also on Friday, I’ll be picking up the newest screenprints ahead of the party so April Patreon rewards may be shipped as promptly as possible! If you’d like to be part of April’s subscription shipment, today, March 31st, is the last chance to sign up! If you wait until April to subscribe at the Card of the Month level or above, your first physical rewards will ship in early May.

Thanks to my existing patrons, I’ve been able to add to my screen printing supplies and create the new Tsathoggua on 8 x 10 wood veneer! It, and the King in Yellow, will soon be available to all.

Norwescon

On another note, if you’re wondering what the artwork above is, it was carved during my two Art in Action demos at Norwescon. Sunday’s carving demo was done on little sleep so I probably didn’t get as far as I could have. (I worked with an abundance of caution.) On Friday, my first day of carving, I was placed next to a face painter, so my table was swarmed with kids for quite a bit. It was surprisingly not bad considering I was working with sharp knives.

Small children are actually often more respectful than adults about not grabbing artist tools. One of the girls complemented my goat depiction, told me about their herd of goats, and then asked, “Are those hares? They look more like hares than rabbits.” No idea what she wants to be when she grows up, but her observational skills can surely take her far in life. I’m seriously impressed she picked up on that detail.

Incidentally, I didn’t chose to depict the witches as hares because I knew I’d be carving this on Easter. That was just a nice coincidence. Mostly, I really liked that The VVitch incorporated the hare form of witches into the plot. Carving in my studio may be more productive, but sharing the process with folks who may otherwise never see woodcut in action. Thanks to Norwescon for the opportunity!