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CthulhuCon is upon us!

The stars are right, Portlanders: CthulhuCon PDX 2015 is coming at you later this month! On April 25th and 26th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, we’re celebrating twenty years of H.P. Lovecraft here in Portland, Oregon. CthulhuCon attendees will enjoy offerings including a panel of guest luminaries, a short film festival, live author readings, gaming demos, and much more. miniflyer_cthulhuconpdx

This year’s featured guests include Leslie S. Klinger, the New York Times-best-selling editor of The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft; fiction writer Wilum H. Pugmire; sculptor, illustrator, and designer Paul Komoda; and noted game designer Kenneth Hite, among others. Guest artists include Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera executive producer Mike Dalager; game designer and Dungeons & Dragons contributor Keith Baker; and xylographic artist yours truly. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can join the live edition of Ask Lovecraft featuring actor Leeman Kessler as the man himself. (Be sure to check out his Ask Lovecraft site, and peruse his YouTube channel, too.) Visit the CthulhuCon guests page for a complete rundown of the other participants, and check out the schedule for more events information. There will be a large number of gaming sessions which attendees can sign up for now!

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I’ll be making several appearances throughout the weekend. On Saturday, April 25th you can catch me participating in the Illustrating the Mythos panel alongside guest artists Paul Komoda, Lee Moyer, Heather Hudson, and Nick Gucker. That same day, I’ll also be competing in the Pickman’s Apprentice Live Drawing Competition. Competitors have ninety minutes to plan and create a Lovecraft-inspired illustration. (Last year’s prompt was Nyarlathotep in a water park!) The audience selects a winner, and all pieces will be auctioned off for charity. Whereas in prior years Pickman’s Apprentice was a one-round event featuring three or four competitors, this year there will be multiple two-artist battles culminating in one final showdown. I’ll be competing against Fufu Frauenwahl, so make sure to drop in and catch all of the hot woodcutting action! You can also join me for the Neopaganism & Lovecraft Panel, where we’ll be discussing the influence of Lovecraft’s fiction on modern occultism. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Cthulhu, hand colored and gilded

Cthulhu, hand colored and gilded


Before and after the above events, you can catch me in Artists Alley where you’ll find a dazzling array of original handcrafted artwork: Pick up some Lovecraftian goodies from Arkham Bazaar—including my officially licensed shirts—sample the sideshow oddities of Tinplate Studios, and satisfy your sweet tooth with some spooky confections from nom*ables, Portland’s only geek-themed patisserie/caterer.

I have another exciting bit of news to share, too: This coming weekend at CthulhuCon I’ll be debuting a never-before-seen woodcut, the first installment in a brand new series of work. It’s too early for me to divulge any details, so for the moment you’ll have to see the new woodcut in person. As usual, I’ll have a wide selection of other popular prints available for sale, as well as a few special items such as the one of a kind hand-colored Cthulhu at right.

That’s all for now, Portlanders! If you’re unable to make it to the festival, I have prints for sale online as always, plus a new selection of wood cards available in my Etsy store.

Next week, you can catch me in San Pedro for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival!Ardor wood card

 

My Norwescon 38 Schedule

"Red" Tsathoggua one of a kind hand-colored woodcut print

“Red” Tsathoggua one of a kind hand-colored woodcut print

I’m excited to be an Attending Pro at Norwescon 38, April 2nd through 5th. I’ll be exhibiting original woodcut prints in the Art Show and participating in a number of panels. Please note, I will have both framed and unframed prints available at the Art Show including one-of-a-kind hand colored prints, and standard editions. All art sales at Norwescon will be handled by Norwescon staff.

Art Show Hours
Thursday: 8 pm-1o pm (Art Show Reception)
Friday: 10 am–8 pm
Saturday: 10 am–7 pm
Sunday: 10 am–2:30 pm

Thursday

Art Show Reception – Thursday – 8pm-10pm – Art Show
This is your first chance to see the art on display and meet the artists!

Friday

Creativity & Disabilities
Fri 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 10
Whether your problems are physical or psychological, there’s no denying that being creative and creating art is difficult to almost impossible when a disability stands in your way. Come learn how different artists and writers work with, past, or through their personal disabilities and limitations to create their art.
Amber Clark (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Jeff Sturgeon, Shubzilla

The Business of Art
Fri 5:00pm-6:00pm – Cascade 12
There’s more than talent to making a living as an artist. Health insurance, taxes, marketing, organization, selling yourself, portfolios — where do you find the time to do all that and still make art?
Rob Carlos (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Bryan Syme, Jeff Sturgeon

Saturday

No panels today!

Sunday

Defeating Artist’s Block
Sun 11:00am-12:00pm – Cascade 12
The blank canvas can strike fear into us all. How do we break past that stuckness when we don’t know where to start — or what to do next?
Margaret Organ-Kean (M), Bryan Syme, Julie Dillon, Laurie Noel, Liv Rainey-Smith

Inks and Blocks
Sun 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 12
The computer printer was invented in the 1950s, but we’ve been printing inked images on paper for well over a millennium, with techniques that are still in use today. Why do we continue to use this literally ancient approach… and how can you do it too?
Margaret Organ-Kean (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Mimi Noyes

Handling Your Online Image As An Artist
Sun 2:00pm-3:00pm – Cascade 12
How do you create effective online presence? How and where should you sell work online? What social networking tools should you be using, and how? What are best practices for building a fan base and then interacting with them?
Nicole Dieker (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Laurie Noel, Margaret Organ-Kean

March news

Woodblocks side by sideHi, everyone!

I have exciting news to share. First, since returning from PantheaCon in San Jose last month, I’ve been busily carving a few new blocks, most of which will be a new series of work. At the moment I can’t reveal much about the contents, but here’s a small teaser for you. (Note, you’re actually looking at two blocks here, the one on the right is further along and has been inked and proofed for the first time.)

Speaking of new work, fans of the Arcanum Bestiarum illustrations will be happy to learn the Raven is now available as a bookmark! Each one is laser printed on one- or two-ply natural wood veneer and measures 6 x 2 inches. They retail for $4 each and are available in a wide variety of different woods all of which are sustainably harvested in the USA. I’m extremely happy with how the bookmarks have turned out and am planning on creating more.

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And now onto upcoming events …

Coming up on March 7th and 8th is the 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell at Buckman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. This two-day event will feature the work of 140 artists and craftspersons offering original artwork, furniture, jewelry, textiles, and more. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School PTA to go toward the purchase of essential supplies for Buckman’s arts-integrated classrooms, with the remaining 70% going directly to the participating artists. In lieu of an admission fee, attendees can make a suggested donation of $2 – $5 at the door. Children four and under get in free– and can make some art of their own while there! Follow the Buckman Art Show on Facebook and Twitter for additional details, and I hope to see you there!

Next up, at 5:00 PM on April 3rd is the opening night reception of Visionary Art by Print Arts Northwest. This event will kick off an exhibition exploring themes including transcendence, mysticism, spirituality, and the natural elements. Visionary Art is scheduled to run through April 22nd at Lake Oswego’s Museum 510. For more information, visit the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s events calendar.

The Lovecraft fans among you will want to mark CthulhuCon PDX down on your calendars. Join me April 25th & 26th at Crowne Plaza in Portland, Oregon for a convention celebrating Lovecraft’s 125th birthday year, complete with art, film, music, and panels. The following month, the Los Angeles edition of the popular H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival comes to San il_570xN.681900502_d67mPedro, California for its sixth year running. Festival-goers can play games, enjoy the live radio theatre production The Shadow Over Innsmouth, watch short films, and meet guest authors, directors, and artists.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival San Pedro is only one of several upcoming events outside of Portland, so if you live elsewhere in the U.S. I encourage you to check out my events page. I just may be visiting your neighborhood in the near future, be it at NecronomiCon in Providence, Rhode Island, or my solo show at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, Washington beginning July 17th.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Inside the Starry Wisdom Library

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BACKGROUND

Regular readers of my blog are likely aware of my contributions to P.S. Publishing’s Starry Wisdom Library. This unique volume, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark”, is a facsim

ile auction catalog consisting of lots from the fictitious Church of Starry Wisdom’s extensive library of occult literature. On the book’s official website, editor Nate Pedersen poses these questions:

What if, on the eve of disbanding, the Church of Starry Wisdom organized a rare book auction of the various tomes in their collection? What if the accompanying auction catalogue was privately published and privately circulated, disappearing for over a century until its recent rediscovery in the archives of Miskatonic University? What if we could read the 1877 original today?

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A detail of the block for “She Who Binds the Dead in Chains.”

 

The answers are contained in the pages of The Starry Wisdom Library. Convincingly modeled after an 19th century auction catalog, the book contains descriptions of the most valuable editions in the Church’s library, a collection of forty-four illuminating essays by “learned personages” of occult literature, and a series of six original woodcut illustrations by yours truly.

Enthusiasts of Lovecraft will recognize their favorite Mythos titles—such as “De Vermis Mysteriis,” “Pnakotic Manuscripts,” and the “Necronomicon”—in the summary of lots, each accompanied by a detailed essay from contemporary horror luminaries including Nick Matamas, Molly Tanzer, and Joe Pulver. Interspersed with these scholarly expositions are the half dozen woodcuts created exclusively for The Starry Wisdom Library, depicting characters and creatures both directly and indirectly from Lovecraft’s oeuvre: Tsathoggua devouring human sacrifices, the Scorpion Goddess and her mate Nekhebkau torturing the damned, Xolotl assisting a departed man along his passage into the afterlife, and the King in Yellow beckoning from the shore of Lake Hali. The result is “an enormously valuable and fascinating piece of ephemera detailing the infamous collection of rare occult books in all of its dark and foreboding glory.”

Coloring "El Que Protege El Camino."

Coloring “El Que Protege El Camino.”

REVIEWS

TeleRead user Paul St. John Mackintosh pronounces The Starry Wisdom Library “the weirdest book I’ve read of late, and I say that as a regular reviewer of weird fiction.” He continues, “The quality of the design and production is matched by the attention to detail in the catalog entries, which frame each bizarre imagined history of the volume in question with a persuasively accurate physical description.”

Reviewer David Goudsward agrees: “The book’s graphic design and six large illustrations perfectly evoke the funereal undercurrent of high Victorianism.”

PURCHASE

The Starry Wisdom Library can be purchased directly from P.S. Publishing and retails for £20 (or about US$30.25).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Starry Wisdom Library was made possible by the contributions of Scott David Aniolowski, Glynn Barrass, Edward P. Berglund, Allyson Bird, Scott Brents, Jesse Bullington, Ramsey Campbell, Matt Cardin, S.J. Chambers, Michael Cisco, Carrie Cuinn, Gemma Files, Richard Gavin, Christopher Hanson, Daniel Harms, Stephen Graham Jones, John Langan, Andrew Leman, Livia Llewellyn, Nick Matamas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Edward Morris, Scott Nicolay, Robert M. Price, W.H. Pugmire, Joe Pulver, Pete Rawlik, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Ann K. Schwader, Darrel Schweitzer, Robin Spriggs, Simon Strantzas, Molly Tanzer, Keith Taylor, Karin Tidbeck, Donald Tyson, Genevieve Valentine, Kali Wallace, Kaaron Warren, Don Webb, Jeff Wells, and F. Paul Wilson.

A freshly printed "Tsathoggua" coming off the block.

A freshly printed “Tsathoggua” coming off the block.

Welcome to 2015

Happy 2015 from Xylographilia! I hope you all had a fun and festive holiday season and a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.  The year has barely begun and already we’re staring down the barrel of a long procession of exciting events, including a visit to Providence, Rhode Island, in August! I hope to have the opportunity to see you in person, so here’s the run-down of what you can expect in the next few months. (Check the Events page for further dates, more details will be added as they become available.)

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A hand-colored Capricorn

Kicking off the New Year is the second annual Curious Gallery on January 10th and 11th at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center here in Portland, Oregon. This weekend event is styled after the European wunderkammern (or “wonder cabinets”) that were the predecessors to our modern public museums. These cabinets of curiosity were maintained by private citizens who would amass their own encyclopedic collections of scientific artifacts, historical relics, art, and antiquities to educate and entertain their fellows. Portland author and artist Lupa was inspired to recreate this eclectic tradition with last January’s inaugural Curious Gallery, to resounding success. This year we’re back with local vendors offering the finest in natural specimens, handcrafted jewelry, live carnivorous plants, sculpture, pottery, and of course woodcut prints. For those in search of a more hands-on experience, there will also be instructional workshops about everything from coiled basket-weaving to DIY taxidermy. Capacity is limited, so visit the homepage and register for your weekend pass while you can! Look for me in the vendor’s room and on the Morbid Curiosities panel.

One of the woodblocks created for The Starry Wisdom Library with the book

Soon after, I’ll be traveling to San Jose, California for PantheaCon. This annual conference regularly draws over two thousand “Pagans, Heathens, Indigenous Non-European and many of diverse beliefs.” Participants can attend educational presentations about devotional dance, singing bowl meditation, and ritual from a wide range of spiritual traditions; make their own incense, drums, and other handicrafts; and browse the wares in the vendor room. Xylographilia will be there with an assortment of original esoteric prints, t-shirts, and perhaps a few copies of Arcanum Bestiarum. PantheaCon will be held February 13th – 16th, with preregistration for all four days closing on January 15th.

Then on April 2nd – 5th I’ll be in Sea-Tac, Washington at Norwescon 38, the Pacific Northwest’s premier sci-fi and fantasy convention. Though geared primarily toward literature, Norwescon also acts as a venue for enthusiasts of cosplay, art, gaming, and many other facets of sci-fi and fantasy. Attendees can take part in a varied array of events and activities, including a masquerade ball for those eager to showcase their costuming skills; a Dealers’ Room where rare collectibles, books, and games will be up for grabs; an Art Show highlighting the best in contemporary sci-fi- and fantasy-themed art; and a panel of acclaimed Guests of Honor including astronomer Amy Mainzer, artist Julie Dillon, and A Song of Ice and Fire novelist George R. R. Martin. Additionally, since 1984 Norwescon has hosted the presentation of the Philip K. Dick Award and Special Citation for distinction in science fiction writing. There’s still time to register for the full four-day event, so wander over to the Norwescon homepage and reserve your spot!

At Norwescon you’ll be able to find me on a number of panels (most likely art-related) and a number of unique and editioned prints in the art show including art from the recently released Starry Wisdom Library edited by Nate Pedersen.

Phoenix Color Proof I Private collection

Phoenix Color Proof I
Private collection

Mythos & Monsters and what’s up next.

A million thanks to Gargoyles Statuary and owner Gayle Nowicki for making last weekend’s Mythos & Monsters show a success! We enjoyed a sizable turnout of enthusiastic patrons of the arts, and Figure 7. in particular was the recipient of bountiful attention. At this time half the edition has been sold, so if you want to add Figure 7. to your personal collection now is an opportune time to visit Gargoyles, or if Seattle is out of the question, my online shop and place your order. Quantities are extremely limited, and there can never be another first edition, so don’t miss out!

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Photo credit: Gayle Nowicki, 2014

It’s worth noting that Gargoyles Statuary boasts the largest collection of my work available outside of what’s offered here at Xylographilia. Their inventory boasts pieces from previous series including Arcanum Bestiarum, as well as a number of rarities. Among the works currently on display are several new prints soon to be appearing in Nate Pedersen and P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology. Pictured at left, clockwise from top right, are She Who Binds the Dead in Chains, Sign! (hidden behind my hat), Figure 7., Tsathoggua, Night Hag, Él Que Protege El Camino, The King in Yellow, and Liber Ivonis. Additionally, Gargoyles Statuary is now carrying a selection of hand-silkscreened T-shirts produced in collaboration with Sigh Co. Graphics.

Figure 7.

Figure 7.

The Mythos & Monsters show can be viewed at Gargoyles Statuary through September 15th. Also in September will be the opening of my next major show, this time at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference at Seattle’s University of Washington, just a short jaunt away from Gargoyles Statuary. This show will feature a new, never-before-shown selection of my work including the zodiac series, so be sure to book your tickets soon.

Hope to see you all there!

Mythos & Monsters opens at Gargoyles Statuary August 15th

I will be attending the opening night reception of Mythos & Monsters at Gargoyles Statuary as part of the Seattle U-District Artwalk. If you’re in the Seattle area on the evening of August 15th between 6 and 9 PM, drop by and say hello! This is an opportunity to preview the original woodcuts featured in P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology edited by Nate Pedersen, and to peruse Gargoyles’ selection of my unframed prints and magnets.

The show will run until mid-September. Refreshment will be provided at the opening.

Those who are unable to attend may be interested to learn that Tsathoggua and Figure 7. are also available online. Other new works will be released on this site at a later date.

Hope to see  you there!

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May shows

 

Tsathoggua is born

Tsathoggua is born

Join us tonight, May 2nd, at Bite Studio for a group show! All manner of prints may be found, including three of my newest Lovecraft Mythos works. Doors will be open from 6pm to 10pm. One night only!

Bite Studio is located at 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

May 8th- 11th, Portland, Oregon

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My creepiest woodcuts, including Tsathoggua shown to the right,  may be found in the art show, while I may be found on a number of art-related panels. Just check your schedule!

After WHC I’ll be taking a bit of a break from shows to concentrate on creating new work for some secret projects, as well as to debut later this year at the Esoteric Book Conference!

The Festival is nearly upon us!

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF!

Liv Rainey-Smith is pleased to announce that she will be appearing as a featured guest of the upcoming 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Her original hand-pulled woodcut prints will be available in Artists Alley. In addition to her popular illustrations from the 2012 Arcanum Bestiarum published by Three Hands Press, she will also be debuting a new selection of limited edition prints created for the soon-to-be-released Starry Wisdom Library anthology edited by Nate Pedersen. Mr. Pedersen as well as a number of other Starry Wisdom Library contributorsS T Joshi, Michael Cisco, Edward Morris, Jesse Bullington, Joe Pulver, Molly Tanzer, Pete Rawlik, Scott Nicolay, and Silvia Moreno-Garciawill also be guests at the festival.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Attending Kickstarter backers who ordered her hand-colored special edition print Sign! will receive it as part of their rewards package during the festival. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch-House, Sign! is an exclusive edition created just for HPLFF supporters. If you’d like to see what went into the creation of the edition, the work was documented here.

In previous years, Rainey-Smith has appeared at the HPLFF both as a vendor and a featured guest. This year, attendees will also have the opportunity to see her compete against Allen Koszowski, Nick Gucker, and Lee Moyer in Pickman’s Apprentice, a ninety-minute challenge in which Lovecraftian artists race to complete illustrations based on a theme chosen by the audience. Yes, she will be carving and printing a woodcut in those ninety minutes. Yes, first aid supplies will be at hand.

The 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival will take place from April 11th – 13th at the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2014 exclusive edition

1st edition exclusive for backers of the HPLFF

1st edition exclusive for backers of the HPLFF

Sign!
Woodcut on cotton rag paper, hand-colored with genuine mineral pigments including garnet, hematite, Minnesota pipestone, purpurite, and natural iron oxides.
8 x 6″ block size
10 x 8″ paper size
Edition size to be determined, will be signed and numbered

2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon Kickstarter exclusive. I’ve pledged to make this first edition based on “The Dreams in The Witch-House”  just for supporters of my favorite film festival! If you want one, simply follow the link and chose the CRYPTIC DESIGNS: XYLOGRAPH level, or the print can be added to other support levels for $85. Order yours now!

“The man did not speak, and bore no trace of expression on his small, regular features. He merely pointed to a book of prodigious size which lay open on the table, while the beldame thrust a huge grey quill into Gilman’s right hand. Over everything was a pall of intensely maddening fear, and the climax was reached when the furry thing ran up the dreamer’s clothing to his shoulders and then down his left arm, finally biting him sharply in the wrist just below his cuff. As the blood spurted from this wound Gilman lapsed into a faint. ”

— H.P. Lovecraft The Dreams in The Witch-House