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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.

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.

Upcoming events

In chronological order for your convenience:

Out of the Woods: A Pop-up exhibition and sale
June 7 – 9
First Thursday Opening Reception: June 7, 5 – 8:30
Gallery Open: June 8 & 9, 12 – 4
618 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR

Just what have you been doing all year?

June 15-20
Exact date to be determined, but we’ll be announcing the project I’ve devoted the last 6 months to creating sometime in here.

RAW:Portland presents SOLSTICE
June 21st, 8pm – midnight
Bossanova Ballroom
722 E Burnside, Portland, OR
Tickets available here, support my participation by selecting “Liv Rainey-Smith” when purchasing.

RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. I’ll be previewing two new works from the aforementioned project this night only — don’t miss it!

Printmaker’s Hand II
July 6 – 29
Northwind Arts Center
2409 Jefferson Street,Port Townsend, WA 98368

2012 Esoteric Book Conference

September 15-16
Seattle, WA

I’m thrilled to once more be a featured artist at this premiere esoteric event! Visit www.esotericbookconference.com for more information on featured artists, authors, publishers, and scholars.

Solo show at the PAN gallery
October
Portland, OR
Further details as the date approaches.

Project update

After months of carving and printing, the Big Project is entering its next phase. No previews for you yet, but the entire new body of prints is set to debut this fall. Expect to begin seeing previews over the next few months.

2012 Esoteric Book Conference

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed a distinct lack of blog updates here. I isn’t that nothing is happening, quite the opposite in fact! For the past few months I’ve been focused on creating on my largest body of work to date. As excited as I am, I’m not unveiling the new prints until later this year at the Seattle Esoteric Book Conference. Hope to see you there!

This is it! The last weekend of Portland Open Studios 2011

The elusive framed Fez Squid

The Portland Open Studios tour will be open from 10am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday October 15th & 15th! This weekend will be your last opportunity to visit the 100 participating artists as we work. Visit their website for a taste of the wide variety of studios opening their doors. Stop by my studio, #59 in the tour guide, for a first-hand look at woodcut printmaking in action. This is also a rare opportunity to see my entire body of work including unique artist proofs.

My studio-mate, Carolyne Landon, #58 in the tour guide, will also be showing a selection of her work as well as demonstrating various printmaking techniques including solar plate and giving previews of her upcoming Genesis app.

Unique hand-colored Brown Jenkin framed and ready to lurk on your wall

I’ll be continuing carving the large block seen in my last post, as well as printing the limited edition of Death and the Printmaker throughout the weekend. Death and the Printmaker prints will be available for purchase both framed (very limited quantity) and unframed — you can even get one right off the press if you like, though it will need some special care so it can dry properly.

Our studio, Atelier Meridian, is located at 665 N Tillamook Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Please click the address for a map view and note our section of N Tillamook is easily accessible via Interstate Avenue (but not much else). We’ll have signs out at nearby intersections and barring unusually severe weather, our big garage door will be up. Regardless of the weather, we’ll have hot spiced cider, coffee, light snacks, and a warm welcome for all visitors.

Atelier Meridian is both wheelchair accessible and friendly to all ages — though we do recommend keeping an eye on little ones as it is a working group studio and not toddler-proofed.

Open Studios

Carving in progress at Portland Open Studios Tour 2011

Portland Open Studios day one wrapped up at 5pm today. We had surprisingly nice weather — sunshine, warmth, occasional clouds — in other words, not at all typical October conditions. Word is tomorrow will be nowhere near as nice, but I’m thrilled to have even had one beautiful day during the tour because unless the weather is truly dreadful we keep the garage door open all day!

For those of you who couldn’t make it to Atelier Meridian today, here’s a peek at what I was up to. The photo to the right is of the carving I started today. It’s a 1×2 foot birch plywood block which when finished will function along with the print I’ll pull from it as both a sign and demonstration of the fact that I work backwards to get forwards results.

"Death and the Printmaker" woodblock and print

Next up is the 2nd edition of Death and the Printmaker. You might recall the first edition of this block was produced exclusively for La Calaca Press’ Day of the Dead themeed print exchange. The block turned out so well I couldn’t resist printing a 2nd edition on different paper, and since Open Studios is happening now, I’m printing the edition with an audience! I only printed 8 of 50 today, so stop in tomorrow or next weekend and see for yourself just what goes into fine art edition.

"Death and the Printmaker" signed and numbered 2nd edition

Edition details:

Edition of 50 hand pulled woodcut prints
Signed and numbered
Oil-based ink on acid-free cotton rag paper (all archival materials)
6×8 inch block 11×14 inch overall
$60.00

Many thanks to everyone who paid a visit to our studio today! If you’re planning on making the trip tomorrow (8/8/11) please be aware of Portland Marathon street closures and plan accordingly.

You are invited to my studio October 8, 9, 15, and 16th!

A limited edition run of "Death and the Printmaker" will be printed throughout both weekends

Coming up fast on the heels of a fantastic SOLD OUT H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival is the annual Portland Open Studios tour! This will be my 2nd year participating in the tour, and it is your opportunity to visit my studio for a first-hand look at the work that goes into creating woodcut prints. Of course this is also a great chance to get a look at my entire range of work including unique artist proofs and pieces I don’t currently offer online.

I’ll be carving a new block and printing a limited edition of Death and the Printmaker throughout both weekends. Carolyne Landon will also be showing a selection of her work as well as demonstrating various printmaking techniques and her portrait work. We’ll also be a Gateway Studio for the tour and as such will be a raffle entry drop-off point.

Our studio, Atelier Meridian is located at 665 N Tillamook Ave, Portland, OR 97227 Please click for a map view and note our section of N Tillamook is easily accessible via Interstate Avenue (but not much else).

Atelier Meridian is both wheelchair accessible and friendly to all ages — though we do recommend keeping an eye on little ones as it is a working group studio and not toddler-proofed.

Portland Open Studios 2011
Watch Artists at Work
October 8, 9, and 15, 16, 10am-5pm

A unique opportunity to experience art as it is being made in the artist’s own space. In their studios, watch any of 100 artists who paint, sculpt, draw, print, throw, carve, sew, and more. Ask about their tools and techniques. Learn more about art from the artists themselves.

Indulge your curiosity and buy a Tour Guide. Walk, bike, drive or bus to studios around the Portland metro area Saturday and Sunday, October 8, 9 and 15, 16, from 10am to 5pm. Read the blog for more information about individual artists and the interesting demos they have planned.

The $15 Tour Guide is a ticket for two adults, *children under 18 are free. Tour Guides can be purchased online at www.portlandopenstudios.com or are available at all New Seasons, Art Media, participating artists and many other retail locations throughout the Portland metro area. The Tour Guide contains a map, a catalog of artist’s images, coupons to many local retailers and a ticket for a raffle for some great prizes. If you would rather navigate the tour from your smart phone, then the Portland Open Studios iPhone app is your best ticket option. Studio navigation via Google Map, add notes for future reference and search artist by name or media all for the same price as a paper Tour Guide!

Art in the Pearl this weekend!

Manticore block

Art in the Pearl, one of the finest outdoor arts festivals in the nation, is happening this weekend in Portland, OR! See the website for information on participating artists, organizations and scheduled performances. Print Arts Northwest (PAN) will be demonstrating fine art printmaking for the enjoyment of all who stop by. I’ll be volunteering at the tent Saturday from 10am-2pm, so stop by and say hi!

I’ve been wanting to continue the “Bestiary” series, so I started making a manticore at The Lovecraft last weekend. If I can, I’ll bring it to Art in the Pearl and proof print for the first time.

Death & The Printmaker

Here’s a peek at the edition for La Calaca Press’ “Calacas” themed print exchange. Today I’ll examine the prints for defects, select the final edition, sign and number the chosen 15, then get them in the mail because the delivery deadline is nearly here!