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

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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.

Happy Halloween!

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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