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Midnight Ride Over Mount Hood

“Midnight Ride” block in its final state

Over the past week I’ve completed carving on Midnight Ride Over Mount Hood, tested paper colors (see block with samples to the left), and just today finalized the edition. Midnight Ride Over Mount Hood is an edition of 31 hand pulled woodcut prints, signed and numbered, printed with oil-based ink on acid-free cotton rag paper (all archival materials). 9 x 6.5 inch block 14 × 11 inch overall size. Shipping of this edition will begin Monday, December 3rd. Order via Raineysmith on Etsy by the end of December 1st and receive free domestic or international shipping. Simply enter THANKS in the promo code box at checkout.

Want to see it in person? Visit me at Splendorcraft tomorrow from 3-9pm or Saturday from 12-9pm! A full array of prints will be available for your viewing pleasure including unique artist proofs, early works, and nearly sold out editions.

Edition of 31 hand-pulled woodcut prints

Splendorcraft is located at:
Splendorporium
3421 SE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

Midnight Ride... will also be showing (with a selection of other works) at Bite Studio’s December First Friday opening. I’m thrilled to be showing alongside MaryAnn Puls and Catherine Rondthaler. Come and see us:

December 7th 6-9pm
at Bite Studio
2000 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Black Friday – free shipping

"Capybara" 2010 8x10" Edition of 30

Capybara — because I don’t have any turkey art

Thanksgiving in the United States is traditionally a day of gratitude. We each give thanks for whoever and whatever is most important in our lives. I love spending Thanksgiving with as many friends and family as I can gather, but over the last few years my day of gratitude has crept into Black Friday. I worked many years as a retail sales clerk both for small family owned businesses, and a big box retailer. The 3 years I spent working at that big box store were the most miserable of my working life and every Black Friday was a day of dread. Leaving that job to get a BFA at Oregon College of Art and Craft was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the encouragement of my loved ones.

Now, 4 years after receiving that BFA, I’m grateful to be making my way as a full-time professional artist. Creating art does not occur in a void. I have had the support of a loving family who encouraged my imagination to grow. I have an amazing husband whose own imagination often acts as a springboard for mine. I have mentors and friends who have advised me and critiqued my work. I have a wonderful publisher, Three Hands Press, with whom I enjoy working and who has pushed me to a level of work I’d not thought possible. I have hard-working galleries and event organizers working with me and giving me space to get my art out and in front of viewers.

I’m the one sketching, carving, and printing, but the work is never complete until it reaches beyond me, and that wouldn’t be possible without all of you. Thank you for taking the time to look. Thank you for sharing your feelings about what you see. Thank you for taking the time to stop and talk at events. Thank you for suggesting opportunities. Thank you for suggesting authors, artists, movies, archaeological finds, traditions, people, and places I might enjoy. Thank you for sharing my art with others whether via word of mouth, online, passing along promo materials, by displaying it in your homes or offices, and giving it as gifts. Thank you for your support in all these ways and many more. Thank you for allowing me to not be a sales clerk working in a giant impersonal store under soulless management on Black Friday.

On that note, I’d like to offer you another little thank you in the form of free shipping on all purchases (domestic and international) from my Etsy storefront through December 1st. Simply enter the word THANKS in the promo code box at checkout. (I’ll also be including some extras with every purchase ranging from postcards, bookmarks, to small prints depending on order size.)

In the Portland, Oregon area and want to shop in person? I have 3 events scheduled before the end of the year:

November 23-25th
OCAC Student/Alumni Holiday Sale
This annual event features a wide range of art and crafts from OCAC students and Alumni. I’ve included over 50 prints in the show and will be volunteering there on Saturday from 12-3pm. Follow the link above for further show details.

November 30 3-9pm and December 1st noon-9pm
Splendorcraft at Splendorporium
I’m bringing out as much as I can — standard editions, unique artist proofs, big prints, old prints, new prints, preview images from the Arcanum Bestiarum…come and see.

December 7th 6-9pm
First Friday opening at Bite Studio
2000 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

I’ll be showing a selection of works alongside MaryAnn Puls and Catherine Rondthaler.

First proof

I’m detecting a low spot in this woodblock.

Here’s the very first inking of “Midnight Ride over Mt. Hood.” As you can see, the first pass of ink on a fresh block isn’t very pretty. It does, however, tell me a great deal about how I’ll need to roll the brayer over the block in order to get full ink coverage. What you’re seeing to the left is the block after a couple vertical passes of the brayer. No ink has transferred to portions of the block because wood, being a natural material, isn’t 100% uniform and this particular piece has a low spot. Variations like this are part of the challenge of working in wood, and often a lot of the fun.

In this case the low spot is a very easy issue to resolve, I simply have to roll the ink on horizontally as well as vertically. Truth be told, no block I print is ever inked in one direction, there is always some bit of it the brayer doesn’t hit on a single pass. Most blocks only require 5-6 passes of the brayer, but larger pieces with more troublesome low spots require dozens of strokes from multiple sides and angles. Sometimes a smaller brayer is necessary to ink one portion without creating an ink buildup on the rest of the block.

First impression and woodblock

After fully inking the block, I pulled a proof from it, seen above with the block. You can’t see it in this photo, but the block was overinked and the result is a slightly fuzzy print. In this case, I don’t mind because this print exists for the sole purpose of answering some questions I had regarding the image before I finish carving it. You’ll note, for instance, the leg and foot of the rider is solid black with no detail. My original plan had been to make the pants light, and shoe dark, but as I worked I realized a darker pant leg might better serve to provide contrast between the rider and goat. Seeing it here, I like the effect, but will be adding some white line details to highlight creases, perhaps the seam of the pants, and the transition to the shoe. The goat will also be receiving a few added details, though it really doesn’t need much refinement.

I’ll also be adding some lines to delineate the foothills beneath Mt. Hood — though not too much. Just enough to imply a dark landscape underneath the snowy peak and to make the composition less bottom-heavy.

The block will need to dry a day or two before refinement carving, I’ll be sure to post photos once that stage occurred.

Carving in progress

Soon.

If you attended the Portland Goddess Art Show last Friday you probably got a peek at this new woodcut, tenatively titled, “Midnight Ride Over Mount Hood,” as I carved it. I put 3.5 hours of work in on it that night and posted progress photos on both Facebook and Twitter. Since that night I’ve been working on it alongside another much larger block and expect to be ready to ink it and proof it Monday.

In other news, the Beaverton Art Showcase ends Sunday, and the Siren Nation Art Show opened last night! More shows & events to be announced soon.

Happy Halloween

Enjoy it while you can!

The jack o’ lanterns are carved and the candy is ready. It’s just about dark enough here in Portland to turn on the porch light and await the whatever little ghouls brave the rainy weather. In the meantime, here’s a reminder about upcoming shows!

November 2nd, Portland, Oregon 7-11pm

First off, the Portland Goddess Art Show opening! I’ll be taking a woodblock and some tools with me, so stop in and see some live carving! The show runs all month, but the live demos are only this Friday night.

Portland Goddess Art Show and calender kick-off party featuring live art creation, music, and more. Featured Artists: Laura Borealisis, Justin Slattum, Liv Rainey-Smith, Nicole Linde, Joanne Licardo, Matt Schlosky, Sam Arneson, Nicholas Frenette, Anna Todaro, plus Danny Rodriguez and Chelsea Rose of Lucid Optic Lab.

420 SW Washington St, Portland, OR

November 3rd – 11th, Beaverton, Oregon

Leviathan from the Arcanum Bestiarum has been juried into the 30th Annual Beaverton Visual Arts Showcase. Be sure to check my print bin there for a wider array of prints. Gala November 3rd from 7-9 PM — many artists will be in attendance, though I regrettably not be able to make it.

The Showcase will be held at:
Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th Street
Beaverton, OR 97005

One last note, for those of you eagerly awaiting the release of Arcanum Bestiarum, word is it will be shipping in mid/late November. Thanks for your patience on this, I’m just as eager (if not more) as you are to finally see it in the flesh!

Arcanum Bestiarum news

Hand-pulling a “Lioness” woodcut printer’s ornament.

We’re now in the final stages of preparation for the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference September 15th and 16th. A selection of new prints have been framed and are now awaiting packaging for safe transport to Seattle. Further prints (both editions and trial proofs) are being bagged and boarded for the print racks. Be warned, due to space limitations quantities will be limited to just 1 or 2 of each Arcanum Bestiarum print. If you’re keen for a look at the entire body of prints before the Arcanum Bestiarum is released later this month, stop in the art show early!

The Esoteric Book Conference art show will be in the Orcas room of the Seattle Conference Center and is free and open to the public as well as conference attendees. An array of works from the featured artists: Anima Nocturna, Don Farrell, Liv Rainey-Smith, Denny Sargent, Daniel A. Schulke, and Lis Wright-Avec, will be on display, with many available for purchase. I cannot speak for the other artists, but I will be in the art room periodically throughout the conference and am always happy to answer inquiries.

Detail of the Goat as it will appear in Arcanum Bestiarum, and as the carved woodblock before printing

Not able to make it to the conference? Further shows are coming. A selection of the Arcanum Bestiarum works have been accepted into Splendorporium’s Annual Tarot Show opening October 5th in Portland, Oregon.

Raven and Scorpion pre-orders will begin shipping September 13th, place your order now to guarantee availability.

Last but not least, here’s a preview of the Goat! (Click image to enlarge.) Goat will be available as a limited edition of just 11 signed and numbered hand-pulled woodcuts. 15 x 20.75″ on cream cotton rag paper.

Here’s to you Mr. Lovecraft!

“Round pegs find round holes, square pegs find square holes. And by the same token, albeit with rather greater difficulty, I am sure that there must somewhere be a corresponding hole for such a peg as proverbial metaphor may dub trapezohedral!”

H.P. Lovecraft (In a letter applying for a job)

On this day in 1890, H.P. Lovecraft was born. Love him or hate him, his work has inspired generations of authors, artists, and dreamers.

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”

Below are just a few of my own works based on his Mythos and firmly rooted in my thoughts and dreams.

Beware of Corpse-eaters in graveyards


Shub-Niggurath Capra Silvae cum Mille Prolibus

Shub Nigguarath — She-Goat of the Woods with 1,000 Young


R’lyeh will rise when the Stars Are Right


Dagon Who Brings Abundance from the Sea


"Mi-go"

Mi-go ACEO woodcut print


“HPL”

Bestiary print pre-order

Note: purchasing of these prints is no longer a pre-order. Orders are currently shipping within 48 hours (excepting weekends and holidays).

In mid-September the original woodcuts from Arcanum Bestiarum will be officially debuting at the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle. Although conference attendees will have the first opportunity to peruse the entirety of the bestiary prints including editions and artist proofs, we’re offering a pre-order on the two beasts already unveiled by Three Hands Press: the Raven and the Scorpion. More species will be made available for online ordering following the release of Arcanum Bestiarum

Lioness printer’s ornament

To thank you for your support, all pre-orders will include a signed open edition printer’s ornament. The ornaments measure 11 x 6.5″ (2 x 7″ block size) and are printed using the same ink and paper as the limited editions. Allow me to select one at random for you, or let me know your preference when ordering: Ant, Chimera, Dragon, Hawk, Lioness (seen above) Ram (may be seen here), or “Revels.”

Raven
Woodcut edition of 22


As with all of my prints, the Bestiary series were hand-carved in wood and printed on an etching press with archival oil based-black ink on hand-torn Rives BFK paper. I print with enough pressure to emboss the thick cotton rag paper and create as solid of a print as the wood will permit. Each print is titled, signed, and numbered.

Raven
2012
Woodcut
Edition of 22 on Rives BFK
10.5 x 21.75″ (4.5 x 14.25″ block)

Scorpion
Woodcut edition of 33



Scorpion

2012
Woodcut
Edition of 33
10.5 x 11″ (4.5 x 4.5″ block)

Orders may be placed via my Etsy shop.

Birth of a Raven

The phrase “hand-pulled print” refers to exactly what you see here. Hands (in this case belonging to print minion Bryn) pulling the print off the matrix (in this case a woodblock) after pressing (in this case via an etching press).

Pre-order on the Raven edition coming soon. Subscribe to our mailing list if you’d like to be e-mailed about pre-orders, special events, and new work.