October Shows

Insectivores

Insectivores

October is here, and with it, shows:


WITCH-IKON: An Exhibition of Contemporary Witchraft Imagery
 at Mortlake & Company in Seattle, WA
I Put a Spell On You: Curses & Hexes at Hyaena Gallery, in Burbank, CA

I am unfortunately unable to attend either of the above out of state shows, but you will be able to find me at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR. I’ll have a table in the upstairs theatre vending area and am also scheduled for the following:

Women in Lovecraftian fiction panel on Friday night at 8:30pm
Pickman’s Apprentice 90 minute art competition at noon on Saturday
Drawing the Unspeakable panel at 3pm on Sunday

I’m currently working on adding November and December shows to my calendar, but I do have a few I can share now:
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Siren Nation Art & Craft Sale from 10:00am to 4:00pm, McMenamin’s Kennedy School, Portland, OR
Friday, December 15, 2017 Opening reception for my solo show at Gargoyle’s Statuary in Seattle, WA

Not near any of these shows? I ship worldwide and I’ve recently added my newest woodcut print edition, Insectivores, to the Etsy shop, and I’ll be adding a whole lot of new screen prints after the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival! More is in the works as well, but I don’t want to reveal too much ahead of the Gargoyle’s show.

New screen prints on wood

New screen prints on wood

NecronomiCon 2017 Report

Once again, I am absolutely thrilled to have attended and participated in NecronomiCon Providence. The folks at the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council once more put on a grand event with a broad array of programming and guests.

Wednesday the 16th

Since Portland, Oregon to Providence, Rhode Island is a long haul even by plane, we woke up at 3am in order to get to the airport on time. (Confession, I’m not sure I got more than an hour of sleep before 3am.) This day essentially consisted of travel, napping, checking in to the hotel, unpacking/prepping to set up my table, and eating delicious hamburgers at Harry’s Bar and Burger.

Thursday the 17th

The official start of NecronomiCon, with registration and vendor set-up both starting at noon. We got right to work in order to finish up in time to attend the opening ceremony at the First Baptist Church followed by the art show reception at the Woods-Gerry Gallery. Set-up was thankfully uncomplicated since I had made an effort to plan a display that could be packed in our luggage. The most complex part of the job was assembling my standing print rack, which was only complicated because it had been quite some time since I last assembled it.

Richard Stanley, Fufu Frauenwahl, Cody Goodfellow, Liv Rainey-Smith

Once everything was in order, we headed back to the Biltmore to get cleaned up, and came upon Richard Stanley, Fufu Frauenwahl, and Cody Goodfellow, which is a wonderful mix of talented human beings to happen upon. Not long after we ended up crossing paths with Ellen Datlow on the walk to the First Baptist Church in America. We all ended up being slightly late to the ceremony due to the vagaries of traffic, and sadly missed a bit of Gigi Mitchell-Velasco’s organ performance, but we didn’t miss out on the opening remarks or invocation from poet laureate Donald Sidney-Fryer. The opening closed at a little after 6pm, at which point we made the uphill trek to the Woods-Gerry Gallery and the opening reception of Ars Necronomica: Wonders of the Visible Weird.

Scott Nicolay, Anya Martin, Liv Rainey-Smith

That reception was the highlight of the convention for me. The gallery was just perfect for the show, and I was awed by the quality of the work. I feel this was the best Ars Necronomica show to date, and I’ve participated in the show every year, so I’m not just saying that because I was in this year. (For a better look at the show, check out these photos posted by RISD.) The opening reception was very well attended and I was thrilled to run into fellow artists Jeanne D’Angelo, Michael Bukowski, Fufu Frauenwahl, Nick Gucker, Skinner, Gage Prentiss, Sara Bardi, Drew Meger, Kurt Komoda…and I’m probably forgetting a bunch of people because it was wonderfully overwhelming. I was also happy to run into a few writer friends at the opening, Scott Nicolay, Anya Martin, and Michael Cisco. One of my two artworks in the show, Liber Ivonis, was made for Michael Cisco’s story by the same name. It was a great pleasure to get to talk to him about the piece, though I was saddened to learn that the print I sent him several weeks ago has gone astray. I’m contemplating printing a small edition of the Liber Ivonis block just so I can replace the lost one.

Discussing Liber Ivonis with Michael Cisco

We left the art reception a little early in order to make it to the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society live radio play, The Haunter of the Dark. If you’re not familiar with the HPLHS, they produce Lovecraft inspired radio plays, films, clothing, and props. They are excellent at mimicking historic styles and their adaptations of Lovecraft’s stories are quite well done. I always make an effort to see their live performances and not just for the stickers in my lifetime membership book!

HPLHS Passport

Friday

The vendor’s rooms opened at 10am and to our very pleasant surprise, became busy rather quickly. We’d been a bit worried since there ended up being two separate vending rooms, one upstairs, and a larger one downstairs. My table was upstairs, and I quickly learned that if I asked someone “Have you been to the downstairs vending room yet?” the answer was often “There’s a downstairs too?!” Thankfully, it turned out some of my friends vending downstairs (particularly Nick Gucker and Arkham Bazaar) were also pointing folks upstairs. Both rooms had excellent mixes of publishers, artists, and dealers of all things weird fiction, so I can honestly say I don’t think either room was “better”.

The Silver Key here is by Gage Prentiss, the sculptor working on the H.P. Lovecraft Providence Statue Project. This key is cast bronze with silver plating, and is quite substantial! Additionally, Gage told me he customizes the wax before casting each key, so no two are exactly alike.

Aside from spending a bit of time exploring the vending areas and chatting with friends I ran into, selling art kept me busy until vending close at 6pm. We had just enough time to grab some dinner with friends before hitting the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s 2nd live radio play, The Brotherhood of the Beast. Afterwards, we encountered a perennial problem at the Biltmore, too many people and not enough elevators. Once we finally made it up to the 14th floor, we encountered a new problem. All of the keycards had quit working. Someone clearly performed an arcane ritual incorrectly because the problem was hotel-wide. Thankfully our floor had been “fixed” so I just had to go back down to the lobby for new cards. A few unlucky souls had to have bellhops let them into their rooms with a master key multiple times throughout their stay.

Vending photo ©2017 Todd Chicione

Saturday

Another full day of vending, which thankfully wasn’t difficult because I was able to trade off table duties with my husband Mike. I left around 2:30 to grab a little lunch, and make my way up to the Biltmore Grand Ballroom for the Established Artists of the Weird panel. The panel was expertly moderated by Dave Felton and featured artist guest of honor, John Jude Palencar, Bob Eggleton, Steve Gervais, Lauren Panepinto, Rick Sardhinha, and me. We each spoke a bit about the work we’ve done and our experience in the realm of Weird. The conversation put a lot of focus on the experience of working professionally, and how technology has changed the way we work. I personally was quite happy to have Panepinto with us since she’s an experienced art director and designer, which gives her a different perspective from working artists. I’d love to start seeing more art directors on professional art panels because they’ve got solid advice for aspiring artists.

©2017 Todd Chicoine

Sunday

We got up extra early in order to attend the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast, featuring Cody Goodfellow, Anthony Teth, Scott R. Jones. Each preached their own particular flavor of mythos religion, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, the sylvan ways of Shub-Niggurath, and of course, good old fashioned Cthulhu worship! All this was backed by a choir led by Darrell Schweitzer with musical accompaniment by Faye Ringel. It was good fun and well worth a little bit of sleep debt.

Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast ©2017 Todd Chicione

Vending was from 11-4 since this was the last day of NecronomiCon. Towards the end of the day staff came around with a case of Narragansett’s Lovecraft themed beer, The Temple,  for each vendor. I sampled some during the art reception on Friday, and found it delicious, so I’d have gladly taken the case, but there was no way we’d be able to fly home with it, or drink it before flying out on Monday, so we had to pass. Happily I later learned that the remaining beer was being divvied out to the volunteers, without whom the event could not have happened.

After tear-down we met up with friends for dinner, and then called it a night so we could get properly packed for our flight home. I’m happy to say our bags were a lot lighter, even with the addition of books, art, and other miscellaneous purchases and trades we’d made throughout the weekend.

Monday
Our flight wasn’t until the afternoon so we checked out, checked our bags with the concierge, and walked a bit of the city. I finally got to visit the Athenaeum, and the bronze bust of H.P. Lovecraft, created by Bryan Moore.

Our journey home was uneventful, and a great opportunity to read most of the way through the excellent Looming Low anthology I picked up from Dim Shores.

If you’re a fan of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and Weird Fiction in general, I highly recommend a visit to NecronomiCon 2019. I’ve left so much out of this write-up, not because it wasn’t worthwhile, but because it was such an intensely busy and fun weekend. I’m honored to have been a part of it and hope to participate again in 2019.

The time of Weird fiction is upon us!

I’m about to embark for Rhode Island and the bi-annual event, NecronomiCon Providence. This is the preeminent international conference of weird fiction, art, scholarship, film, and much more. East Coast events are a rarity for me, and this one is a particularly special treat. In my past visits I’ve come to love Providence and all it has to offer, so I’m  looking forward to both NecronomiCon and the opportunity to explore the city.

A couple of my woodcut prints will be showing in Ars Necronomica: Wonders of the Visible Weird, at the Woods-Gerry Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design. Wonders of the Visible Weird features paintings, prints, sculptures, and illustrations by more than seventy contemporary artists who explore the themes of weird fiction and cosmic horror, inspired by the works of Providence-born writer H. P. Lovecraft and other authors and artists of Weird. The show will run from August 16 through August 31, with an opening reception the evening of Thursday, August 17 from 6:00-8:00pm. I will be in attendance until about 7pm.

For the first time, I’ve acquired my own table in the vendor’s room, so I will be available there with a selection of art, including some unique colored artist proofs. I will also be a panelist on ESTABLISHED ARTISTS of WEIRD Saturday – 3:00-4:15pm

Green cthulhu APInterested in weird fiction, but can’t make it to the East Coast? The 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival is October 6 – 8 at Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre! I’ll be appearing there again this year, alongside a number of amazing Lovecraft-inspired filmmakers, artists, and authors.

One final reminder: If you want more Xylographilia in your life, you can subscribe to my Patreon at any time. By pledging via Patreon, you help me produce more art and develop more techniques. You can pledge as little as $1 a month, or as much as you wish, and you can chose monthly reward packages starting at just $8.

Artist Reception Saturday July 1st

Printmaking display
The artists of The High Art of Hand-Pulled Printmaking will be in attendance from 2-4pm at the Collins Gallery located on the 3rd floor of the Multnomah County Central Library.

We’ll be speaking briefly about our printmaking practices and available for questions. The show, featuring finished prints alongside tools and materials, will be open during regular library hours through September 3rd. My own contribution is a brand new piece from the series I’ve been working on since 2015.

Multnomah County Central Library is located at:
801 SW 10th Ave,
Portland, OR 97205

Fizzgig enamel pins now available for preorder

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The newest addition to my line of enamel lapel pins is a depiction of my mother’s cat, Fizzgig. Those of you who follow me on social media are likely already familiar with this guy, and in fact many of you were instrumental in my decision to design a Fizzgig pin in the first place. (Had it not been for the sheer number of you who urged me to make one, it may never have happened!) For those of you who are just now getting acquainted with him, let me fill in a little backstory.

Fizzgig was adopted by my mother last summer when he was still a kitten. He had a bit of a rocky start in life: an accident left him with a broken leg, and rather than pay for his veterinary expenses, his first family chose to surrender him. He was taken in by Must Love Dogs NW—yes, that’s a dog rescue— at that point, Fizzgig was still just a handful of black and white fluff with a tiny cast on one of his rear legs. A foster family took him in and helped him heal until the cast could be removed. Since then, his leg has healed and he’s grown into a long, tall adult cat who my mom refers to as my “cat brother.”

Fizzgig is not only photogenic but, shall we say, quirky—even for a cat. He has a distinctly eccentric personality: playful, rambunctious, and with a decided preference for sitting on top of the kitchen cabinets. He’s a chewer and he plays fetch with his favorite toys. Many of our photos depict him lurking in some improbable location or other, like behind my mom’s microwave or in my canvas tote bag, or pulling a funny face. This pin was designed to capture him in an rare peaceful moment.

Pin details
The Fizzgig pin will be made with hard enamel and nickel-free black dyed metal. The pin will bear two sturdy posts and butterfly clutches. Like my prior enamel pins, it will measure 1.25″ tall, and be shipped carded in jewelry boxes. (International orders will be shipped with multiple pins in a single box so you need not pay a crazy amount of shipping.) I expect to ship the finished pins in early July.

Why should you order now?
Fizzgig pins will retail for $15, but to encourage early ordering (and help me make the right number of pins) pins ordered before June 6th will be $12 each.

Pledge to Must Love Dogs NW
In gratitude to the organization that brought him and my mom together, 10% from all Fizzgig pin sales will be donated to Must Love Dogs NW, to help them continue their mission to connect rescued pets with loving families. If you’d like to learn more about their work, and perhaps make a direct donation, check them out at mustlovedogsnw.org

Fizzgig and ball

Norwescon, Gargoyles, and Three Hands Press

Greetings!

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The Wyrm screen print on maple wood veneer. I usually sort prints on the table, but I held this one up and was surprised by how translucent it is!

I’ve been feverishly working to complete my large-scale project for Three Hands Press. The final deadline is May 15th, and although I am eschewing nearly every activity other than art-making, I made a commitment last year to be part of Norwescon 40 this week, so I’ll be heading up to Seattle tomorrow, and I’m taking a lot of art with me, including the new Wyrm screen prints.

Where you can find me at Norwescon
This annual sci-fi/fantasy convention will take place in SeaTac, Washington on April 13th – 16th, in which participants will be treated to over 500 hours of panel programming featuring more than 200 panelists. These panels cover fantasy and science fiction writing, art, cosplay, genre TV and film, and much more. This year, I will be appearing as a panelist in addition to contributing a selection of my framed and unframed prints to the art show, and offering a live carving demonstration. Below is the list of events I’ll be taking part in:

Thursday
Printmaking: Ink & Blocks
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Cascade 13
Mimi Noyes (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Laura Tempest Zakroff

Friday
Art in Action: Woodcut carving demo
10am-1pm
This will be my only carving demo — enamel pins, cards, and a small selection of prints will also be available

Monster Mash for Mature Mad Scientists
1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Cascade 13
Mimi Noyes (M), Liv Rainey-Smith

Saturday
Creativity & Disabilities
10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 11
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lillian Cohen-Moore, Elizabeth Adams, Liv Rainey-Smith, Raven J. Demers

Sunday
Your Online Image As An Artist
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 11
Joy Alyssa Day (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Cory Ench, Elizabeth Adams

Should You Go To Art School?
2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 13
Theresa Halbert (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Tammie L. Dupuis

Delivery to Gargoyles in Seattle

Since I’m heading up to the Seattle area, I’ll be restocking my inventory at Gargoyles Statuary on Thursday, which means my newest pins—Bee and Sabbatic Goat—will be available there! If you already own some of my pins, now’syour chance to expand your collection with these newest additions.

The new Sabbatic Goat pin, coming soon to Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle!

The new Sabbatic Goat pin, coming soon to Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle!

On another important note, The High Art of Hand-Pulled Printmaking, which was originally scheduled to open this month will instead be opening on June 24th in the Collins Gallery at the Multnomah County Library in Portland. This show is intended to educate the public about the process of printmaking, so tools and materials will be on display alongside the completed woodcut prints. The show runs through September 3rd with a reception on July 1st.

After Norwescon, I’ll probably be scarce until May 15th, the deadline of my current project. I can’t release any details until it’s finalized, but suffice it to say a substantial body of new work is in the making. I look forward to sharing it with you!

Until next time,
Liv Rainey-Smith

Bee & Sabbatic Goat pins are complete!

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The pins are done, and they look fantastic! I’m so happy with the silver tone finish of the Goat , and will definitely be making more pins with it in the future. I’m also very happy with the hard enamel, I might make it my regular enamel type from now one.

The only trouble with the Bee  pin is that it is SO SHINY! Photographing shiny objects has always been a challenge, and if I want truly good photos I’m going to need a photographer with a proper light box.

Now all that’s left to do is to apply the pins to cards, package them in boxes with tissue, cut and tie ribbon around the boxes, then ship out the pre-orders! Because I’ve made two pins at once this time, there will be many more pins than usual to package and ship. Thankfully my mom has offered to help, and my assistant Caitlin should be available to help as well. I believe we should be able to get all the work done over the weekend, so all should ship on Monday.

The first enamel pins of 2017

Bee-and-goat-pin-shortThe three enamel pins I introduced last year were so well received I’ll be producing even more this year, starting with the Bee and Sabbatic Goat. Due to enthusiastic feedback from buyers, all new pins will be created with two post backs. I’ll be trying out my first silver tone finish on the Sabbatic Goat; although it won’t be silver due to tarnishing issues, it will be nickel-free. I’m also trying out hard enamel on these first two pins, which is polished flat instead of recessed like soft enamel. Please note, because this is a preorder there may be some slight changes to the design as the pins are made. Typically any changes made will be slight alterations. If a major change is required, I will share the updated concept art with those who have preordered.

Preorder special through February 10th

I expect to ship the finished pins in late March and will be packaging them in paper jewelry boxes much like my prior pins. Because early preorders help me produce the pins, orders placed through February 10th will be rewarded with a special price of $10 per pin! That’s $5 off the regular retail price of $15 each — I really do want early orders! Please visit my Etsy store for more information and ordering.

Note, I have not created Paypal buttons for these pins due to some issues with shipping via Paypal during the previous preorders. If you need to use Paypal for ordering, please e-mail me at liv.raineysmith @ gmail.com with the following information: Which pin(s) you want, how many you want,  and your country. I will then send you a Paypal invoice.

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Opening tomorrow!

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I know you’re not all in the Portland area, but I hope to see a few of you on Friday! The good folks at Wells & Verne hung the show this evening and were even kind enough to let me run back home for more art since I severely underestimated the wall space. What you see here is just part of the show. (Here’s a link to the Facebook event page for further info. Please note, because Wells & Verne is a clothing shop, pets are not permitted.)

Although you can stop in ahead of the opening, unframed prints and most of the smaller items like lapel pins, won’t be available until the opening and some will ONLY be available during the opening. I will be in attendance all night.