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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

Where you can find me at Norwescon

Live life deliciously and come see this woodblock carved during my Art in Action times.

Live life deliciously and come see this woodblock carved during my Art in Action times.

Are you as excited about Norwescon 39 as I am? Norwescon will be held in SeaTac March 24th – 27th, and this year’s theme is “Remembering the Future.” As always, there will be plenty of programming designed to appeal to all interests and appetites, including scheduled gaming, midnight movies, dancing, and workshops. You can even learn how to make a movie with some of the creative team from Hellbender Media. There will also be four guests of honor, all distinguished in their respective fields of art, writing, science and publishing, as well as a plethora of professional guests.

As one of the professional guests, I’ll be participating in the following panels and demonstrations in addition to having a display  in the art show and unframed prints available in the print bins.

Art in Action
Table F
Friday, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

I’ll be demonstrating my carving technique on the new woodcut seen above and will also have a small selection of magnets, cards, and small prints available. You’re welcome to stop by for as little or long as you like. Questions are welcome!

Monster Mash for Mature Mad Scientists
Cascade 12
Friday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

In this workshop, I’ll help to facilitate the dissection and suturing together of stuffed animals to create the plushy chimeras of your dreams. There will be a $5 materials fee. Not for young children or the easily distressed.

Creativity & Disabilities
Cascade 10
Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

We will discuss and share the ways in which disabilities and limitations inform our creative disciplines. I participated in this panel last year and it ended up being a great group discussion with many resources and tips shared. All are welcome and topics are likely to cover managing mental challenges as well as physical.

Handling Your Online Image As An Artist
Cascade 9
Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

This workshop will explore how to create an effective online presence to better market your art, develop a fan base, and deepen your relationship with them through social media.

How Big a Fish Do You Need to Be?
Cascade 7 & 8
Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Independent creatives will explore what it takes to make a sustainable living as an artist/writer/musician/[insert other creative path here].

Art in Action
Table D
Sunday, 10:30AM – 12:30 PM

I’ll be continuing to carve the new woodcut seen above and as on Friday, will also have a small selection of magnets, cards, and small prints available. You’re welcome to stop by for as little or long as you like. Questions are welcome!

Selling Your Art as Prints & Reproductions
Cascade 2
Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Have a question about making or selling prints? Then this is the workshop for you. I’ll be discussing Oregon’s fine print laws, and the other panelists and I will be fielding questions about fine prints, giclee, and digital art. Includingthe advantages of DIY vs. fulfillment services, among other topics.

The Business of Art
Cascade 12
Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

This one will cover the not-so-fun but nevertheless indispensable aspects of making a living as an artist: health insurance, taxes, self-promotion, marketing, work/life balance, and more.

Aside from the above scheduled events, you’ll also be likely to find me around the art show — it’s a big show and I like to take my time exploring it. Please don’t hesitate to stop and say “hi” if you see me about!

Other News:

A book I contributed to, A Rose Veiled in Black, has begun shipping! I’ll be unveiling the artwork made for it online after my return from Norwescon.

I’ve been updating my Patreon blog regularly. If you’ve not checked it out yet, there are both public posts and special Patron’s Only posts to be found there. You can also use Patreon to subscribe for monthly art shipments starting as low as $8 a month! Subscriptions are charged and shipped on the first of every month, so if you’d like to be part of April’s shipment, you need to join before the end of March.

That’s all for now. I hope Spring is treating you well!

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

EBC, zodiac, and more upcoming shows.

Aquarius woodcut

Hand-colored with genuine azurite, smalt, hematite, iron oxides, and yellow ochre.

The 2014 Esoteric Book Conference has come and gone and as always it was a fantastic weekend. Some of my personal high points included sitting in on the truly excellent presentations, the diversity of the artwork on display, and getting to see Timo Ketola’s phenomenally detailed ink drawings in person. There was a particularly positive response to the secret piece I mentioned in my most recent blog post and newsletter. (More details will be forthcoming once I’m granted permission to share them, so stay tuned.) Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, and to those who were unable to make it we hope to see you there next year!

Those of you who’ve been following the development of the new zodiac series will be happy to learn that it’s now available through Xylographilia and Etsy. You may find individual prints of each of the twelve signs of the zodiac available on cream or white cotton rag paper, complete sets of all twelve prints, and four unique prints hand-colored with genuine mineral pigments (currently available only on Etsy).

Aries on Cream paper

Aries on Cream paper

If you don’t see a hand-colored version of your favorite sign, I will be offering more in the near future and am open to discussing custom color schemes on Zodiac prints. You should allow up to four weeks of turnaround time for custom color, so if you’re planning ahead for the holidays I encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible.

For those of you in the Portland area, Xylographilia’s next big event will be the opening of my show at Redux Boutique & Gallery on October 3rd. Redux, located at 811 E Burnside #110 in Portland, specializes in handmade art, accessories, and jewelry produced by local artisans and fairly traded import companies internationally. They’re also bi-monthly participants in the First Friday Art Walks on Lower

Pisces on White paper

East Burnside. We’ll be showing a mix of Halloween-appropriate art as well as the new zodiac prints. Magnets will also be available, so if you’re in the area I encourage you to drop by and check it out. Show runs through late November.

Also in October, the opening reception of my very first solo gallery show, Beasts of Lore: The Xylographic Art of Liv Rainey-Smith, will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, Oregon on October 17th. The reception will last from 5 – 8 PM in the community gallery. Located at 40 S Bartlett St., RGAC is considered a premiere gallery space for exhibiting artists as well as an invaluable community resource due to their art education program which provides classes and workshop opportunities for children and adults. The solo show will feature a selection of my illustrations from the Arcanum Bestiarum and will be on display at RGAC through November 21st.

Finally, progress on the Mona Lisa tribute for this year’s da Vinci Arts Fair continues. I’m still in the thick of the carving stage and am sharing process photos on Facebook. The completed print will be auctioned to benefit da Vinci Arts Middle School during the fair on December 6th and 7th.

This weekend: Esoteric Book Conference 2014

Those of you signed up for my mailing list may have already received this information, but for those of you who haven’t we have several exciting events coming up within the next couple of months!

Virgo-White

Photo credit: Liv Rainey-Smith 2014

This weekend in Seattle, Washington I will be appearing at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference. It will be my third year as coordinator of the art fair and my sixth year as a participating artist, and I can say from experience that the EBC always invites a diverse array of spectators and participants. In addition to offering the largest selection of esoteric texts available in one location (including numerous rare and hard-to-find texts), the EBC boasts live presentations from noted esoteric scholars, a well-attended book and art fair that’s free to the public, and a panel of artistic luminaries including Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo, Anima Nocturna, Ken Henson, Kim Schwenk, and fellow Three Hands Press artist Timo Ketola.

Ketola will be unveiling a new series of illustrations for the upcoming book Hands of Apostasy this weekend. I, too, will be debuting an assortment of new work, including the zodiac series mentioned in my most recent post (Virgo pictured at right), and a special piece which shall go unnamed for now. The zodiac series, an open edition of twelve 6×6″ and 5×6″ prints, will be made available online shortly after the conference for $15 each.

Mona Lisa block

Photo credit: Liv Rainey-Smith 2014

Coming up next will be the opening night reception at Redux in Portland, Oregon on October 3rd, followed by the opening of my first gallery solo show Beasts of Lore: The Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith at Rogue Art Center in Medford, Oregon on October 17th from 5 – 8 PM. The Redux show will run through the end of November, and Beasts of Lore will run through November 21st.

Finally, I have been invited by da Vinci Arts Middle School to design the Mona Lisa tribute for this year’s art fair in December. As you can see from the photo at left, I’ve already begun designing the woodblock. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my work to help benefit students of the arts.

There will be more events and news to come over the next couple of months, so check back often to see what’s happening next. In the meantime, I hope to see you all this weekend at the EBC!

This weekend: The Esoteric Book Conference

Just a quick reminder, I’ll be spending this weekend hosting the Art Show at the 5th Annual Esoteric Book Conference.

The Art Show and Book Room are open to the public from 9:30am – 6:45pm on Saturday the 14th, and 10:30am – 6:45pm on Sunday. Featured this year are the works of Hagen Von Tulien, Divine Mania, Joseph Uccello, Kate Merriwether Lynch, and Daniel A. Schulke. Original prints and reproductions will also be available from a number of other artists including Don Farrell, Kat Lunoe, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, and a few Three Hands Press artists including me.

Upcoming shows

Raven Artist Proof with 23k gold, garnet, lapis lazuii, yellow ochre, and hematite

We’ve been busy cutting mats, bagging and boarding prints, and I’ve been gilding and hand-coloring some unique artist proof prints in preparation for late summer/fall shows. A few new woodcuts are in the works, though it may be some time before they are unveiled. Additionally, a new website is also in the works, which is why we’ve fallen behind on updates here. If you’d like a peek at what is new, I highly recommend a jaunt by my art page on Facebook. It is regularly updated with photos and tidbits.

Want to see work in person?

Seattle, Washington — anytime

The Xylographic Menagerie show at Gargoyles is over, but a large selection of standard edition prints remains, including the last available numbered Raven. Gargoyles is located at 4550 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.

Sacramento, California — August 9 – 11
I’ll be attempting to cram a lot of art into a very small space, including new hand-colored and gilded Artist Proof prints such as the Raven to the right. NOTOCON vending hours are 9am-6pm Friday and Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday. Although the conference is a private event, the vending area will be located on the 2nd floor terrace in the atrium and is open to the public. The event is located at Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California 95814

Providence, Rhode Island — August 22 – 25

A couple of unique works will be part of the Ars Necronomica show at the Providence Art Club opening August 12th. I’ll be attending the reception August 22nd, and will be a guest at NecronomiCon Providence. Look for my work in original woodcut print form and as silk screened t-shirt format at the Arkham Bazaar/Sigh Co. Graphics booth in the vendor’s hall.

Seattle, Washington — September 14 – 15

I’m proud to be hosting the Art Show at the 5th Annual Esoteric Book Conference. The Art Show and Book Room are open to the public during conference hours. Featured this year are the works of Hagen Von Tulien, Divine Mania, Joseph Uccello, Kate Merriwether Lynch, and Daniel A. Schulke. Original prints and reproductions will also be available from a few other artists, including myself.

Portland, Oregon — October 12-13 and 19-20

I’ll be once more taking part in the Portland Open Studios Tour. I’ll be opening up my studio along with fellow printmakers Beth Kerschen and Tara Murino-Brault both weekends from 10am-5pm. Join us then for live printmaking action!

Online — anytime

As always, if you can’t make it to an event, I do my best to make my work available online. Original prints may be ordered anytime via my Etsy storefront. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Inquiries may be sent to: Liv.Raineysmith@gmail.com

Chimera printer’s ornament from Arcanum Bestiarum

Xylographic Menagerie opening June 21st in Seattle

Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle has invited me to show from June 21st through July 15th. Xylographic Menagerie will feature original woodcut prints created for Arcanum Bestiarum.

The opening reception from 6-9pm Friday June 21st is part of the University District Art Walk and will include a full selection of all available Arcanum Bestiarum prints, standard editions of the book, and a special printer’s ornament bonus print with every Arcanum Bestiarum print purchase. Bonus prints and books will only be available during the opening reception.

I will be traveling to Seattle for the June 21st reception, so please join me there!

The Gargoyle Statuary, Inc.
4550 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 1-800-253-9672
In Seattle: (206) 632-4940

The 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

Finished Cthulandia woodcuts awaiting signing and numbering

Join me May 3rd through 5th at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon!

We’ll have my usual display in the vendor’s room, packed with Lovecraft-inspired woodcuts as well as the brand new Arcanum Bestiarum series. The print selection will include beasts not yet available online including trial proofs, a few unique hand-colored pieces, framed works, and a couple otherwise sold out surprises one of my dealers forgot they had! A few standard copies of Arcanum Bestiarum will also be available, and I’ll be happy to oblige if you already have a copy you’d like signed.

Shub-Niggurath Capra Silvae cum Mille Prolibus
Since I’m also an artist guest this year, I’ll be part of Panel 6: Makers of Arcane Artifacts on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30

Unearthly objects once glimpsed in nightmares can now be purchased in shops and held in your tentacled limb. Artisans, crafters and makers discuss their inspiration and process. (Rainey-Smith, Phinney, Soles, Koi)

Last, but definitely not least, join me Saturday from Noon to 2pm for the Pickman’s Apprentice Art Competition!

Armed with a number of sharp knives and a block of wood, I’ll be facing off against eldritch artists Mike Dubisch, Nick Gucker, and Lee Moyer.

Some of the best Lovecraftian artists working in the field today will have 90 minutes to create a masterpiece based on a theme suggested by the audience. Last year’s theme was “Shoggoth Circus” and Lee Moyer, Nick Gucker, and Mike Dubisch raced to complete images of both horror and hilarity. Attend this fascinating event to help choose this year’s theme and watch the process of creation right on the stage.

The audience will judge the winner of the competition, and all pieces of art created will be auctioned off to festival attendees, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Animal Aid, Inc.

To be quite honest, I’m not 100% certain I can make a woodcut print from sketch to finish in 90 minutes, but I’m crazy enough to try! Come cheer us on as we duke it out for the title of Pickman’s Apprentice 2013.

What will I be carving this Saturday at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival? Join us there and give us your suggestions!