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Darkest Winter opens this Friday

Lux Stellarum Artist Proof

Join me this Friday, December 15th 2017, at Gargoyles Statuary for the Darkest Winter opening reception from 6-9pm. Darkest Winter features a number of new woodcut prints, plus the first showing of an original Lux Stellarum artist proof (above).

If Lux Stellarum seems familiar, it was previously released as a small letterpress holiday card from Three Hands Press. A limited number of letterpress impressions were also released as numbered prints. I’m pleased to finally be sharing one of the original woodcuts upon which the cards were based. I’ve hand-tinted it with a variety of naturally occurring minerals, plus a modern version of Mayan blue, and gilded portions with 12, 21, and 24k gold. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to see it in person, because the photo doesn’t quite do it justice!

Gargoyles Statuary is located at:
4550 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

Darkest Winter Approaches

Get out of the house and see some art in person!

Bite Studio First Friday Group Show

One night only! Featuring art from members of Bite Studio. I will be hanging a handful of framed serigraphs and have a few unframed prints on hand as well. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend because I will be setting up for the da Vinci Show
December 1st, 6pm-10pm 
Bite Studio
2000 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214


da Vinci Arts Sale

One day only! I’ll be there from 10am-4pm with everything from bookmarks to framed art. This is my last big Portland event for the year and I’ll be taking as much as I can with me, so come see what wonders await you!
December 2nd, 10am-4pm
da Vinci Arts Middle School
2508 NE Everett St.
Portland, OR 97232


Darkest Winter

New xylograph and serigraph prints by Liv Rainey-Smith.
Opening December 15th at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle from 6-9pm.
I’m thrilled to once more be having a solo show at Gargoyles, and I’ve been working on some special pieces to debut there. I will be attending the opening, so I hope to see some of my favorite Seattle folks there!

 

Cyber sale through November 30th

Etsy is having a special promotion running through the end of November, as part of this event, I am offering 20% off all cards, bookmarks, pins, screen prints, and magnets. You don’t need to do anything special to get the sale price, just place your order before the end of the month!

Not sure what to give? Krampus pins have been a hit this year and I ship them boxed with a paper ribbon bow as in the photo to the right. They’re gift ready — as are all of my lapel pins when you order them via my Etsy shop.

Each has a different ribbon color so if you order several you don’t need to open them to figure out which is which. Fizzgig for example, has a light sage green ribbon. Raven is packaged in black. Speaking of the Raven, the pins I’m now offering are a new batch with TWO pin posts instead of one. No more rotating Raven pins! I’ve also updated the enamel colors with a new darker red and blue.

 

Want to give some affordable art? I’ve been working on new serigraphs printed on an assortment of sustainably harvested wood veneers. (All grown here in the USA.) Hare is the latest available on 8×10″ birch, birdseye maple, cherry, and maple.

I also have an old favorite, the Stag drying right now, shipping will begin on 11/29/17. I’ve also been adding more $10 5×7″ screen print options including: Ardor and Krampus. All of the screen prints fit standard frame sizes and look great framed without glass.

Last but not least, I’ve just screen printed a fresh batch of Gruss vom Krampus cards, and am even offering a You’d Better Watch Out krampus card this year! Please note, because my cards are handmade, quantities available are limited.

This is just a small array of the art I create, so please take some time to browse the Xylographilia shop, and message me if you don’t see what you’re looking for!

October Shows

Insectivores

Insectivores

October is here, and with it, shows:


WITCH-IKON: An Exhibition of Contemporary Witchraft Imagery
 at Mortlake & Company in Seattle, WA
I Put a Spell On You: Curses & Hexes at Hyaena Gallery, in Burbank, CA

I am unfortunately unable to attend either of the above out of state shows, but you will be able to find me at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR. I’ll have a table in the upstairs theatre vending area and am also scheduled for the following:

Women in Lovecraftian fiction panel on Friday night at 8:30pm
Pickman’s Apprentice 90 minute art competition at noon on Saturday
Drawing the Unspeakable panel at 3pm on Sunday

I’m currently working on adding November and December shows to my calendar, but I do have a few I can share now:
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Siren Nation Art & Craft Sale from 10:00am to 4:00pm, McMenamin’s Kennedy School, Portland, OR
Friday, December 15, 2017 Opening reception for my solo show at Gargoyle’s Statuary in Seattle, WA

Not near any of these shows? I ship worldwide and I’ve recently added my newest woodcut print edition, Insectivores, to the Etsy shop, and I’ll be adding a whole lot of new screen prints after the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival! More is in the works as well, but I don’t want to reveal too much ahead of the Gargoyle’s show.

New screen prints on wood

New screen prints on wood

Bee & Sabbatic Goat pins are complete!

Bee-goat-hand-web

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.

Introducing the Cthulhu lapel pin!

Cthulhu-pin-announcementMy newest lapel pin is based upon my original Cthulhu woodcut, which was inspired by the passage below and created in a pseudo-15th Century style.

“If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.”   H.P. Lovecraft —  The Call of Cthulhu 

Like the Raven pin, Cthulhu will be rendered 1.25″ tall in shiny 24k gold plate with soft enamel color. Production will take approximately one month, and to get the ball rolling, I’m offering a special pre-order price of just $10 through August 27th. Pre-orders may be placed via:

Etsy  (USA & International)

Paypal (USA only)

Please note, because this is a pre-order, the finished pin may vary slightly from the concept art above. The Raven pin experienced a couple changes between final concept and production, but they were minor enough to be almost unnoticeable. If any major changes are made to the design during production I will update you. I expect to begin shipping the finished Cthulhu pins no later than mid-September, in plenty of time for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR!

One last note, if Cthulhu is not your cup of tea, don’t worry, more pins are in the works. Just as the Raven pin sales assured this second lapel pin could be made, Cthulhu will help with the creation of the next. So if you enjoy enameled lapel pins from independent artists, please spread the word because you really do make a difference by doing so.

Cheers!

Liv

 

Honey & Venom opening

Honey and Venom
I’m proud to be participating in the Honey & Venom show at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. (That’s my Bee in the upper right.) I won’t be able to make the trip down for the show, but if you have the opportunity to see it, the previews look spectacular!

Introducing the Raven lapel pin (with a special pre-order price)

I’ve been a fan of lapel pins for years and enjoy collecting them. I love good quality pins because in addition to making lapels more exciting, they are lasting and portable keepsakes. Creating my own has been a personal goal for quite some time, so I’m excited to announce my first enameled lapel pin, the Raven. The Raven lapel pin is designed from my original woodcut art with a color scheme based upon a color artist proof. Rendered in gold plate and soft enamel with sandblasted elements (key and flames) to give a bit of extra dimension to the finished pin. As you can see in the concept art below, we’re packing a lot of detail into this sturdy little (1.25 inch) pin! The Raven pin will be priced at $15 each, but if you pre-order now, it will yours for just $10 plus $3 shipping within the USA.

This pre-order price offer ends as soon as the pins are finished, and production has already begun. Unless a delay arises, I expect the pins to be ready to ship before the end of July, so place your pre-order while you can!

Prefer to not use Paypal? You can also pre-order via my Etsy Store.

Please note, finished lapel pin will look slightly different from concept art because it will be an actual 3 dimensional object made of metal and enamel, not just pixels on your screen.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival highlights

The Miskatonic Explorer's Club expedition kit contents

The Miskatonic Explorer’s Club expedition kit contents

Pre-show volunteering

2015 was the 20th anniversary of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. It’s been an annual part of my life for over a decade and has spawned a a great deal of art. I’ve made some great friends through the festival, and had a lot of great opportunities arise from connections formed in and around the historic Hollywood Theatre. This is why in addition to being a guest of the festival and creating a Kickstarter reward print, I volunteered to help put together Kickstarter backer reward bags. Due to my unique skills as a printmaker, I was set to work hand-numbering the limited edition Miskatonic Expedition log books. All 250 of them. It went surprisingly fast. Numbering an edition is easy when you don’t also have to write a title and sign it! Afterwards, I helped make vault rubbings with gravestone wax. No idea how many; they were being added to the kits almost as soon as they were done. I didn’t even get a chance to examine my own Expedition Kit until well after the festival, and when I did I was surprised by some very familiar names on the R’lyeh map. Brian Callahan really did an amazing job designing the map and other rewards. The log book (authored by Adam Scott Glancy) proved to be an entertaining read in addition to being beautifully arranged!

Speakeasy party

Though the film festival didn’t start until Friday night, events started Thursday night with a book launch and party at the Lovecraft Bar, as well as a small speakeasy party for festival backers and guests of honor. I spent most of my day preparing my vending gear and art for set-up Friday afternoon, and just managed to get my work done in time for the speakeasy party. Glad I did, too, because it isn’t every day I have to give a bartender a pass phrase to find out how to get through the bookcase in back and into the event. Once past the hostess and bouncer, I encountered HPLFF founder Andrew Migliori, who immediately introduced me to guest of honor Jeffery Combs. We chatted for a bit before I set out to acquire a Barn Burner and mingle. Many festival regulars were in attendance as well as several folks who had never before attended. They’d heard about the festival and were excited enough to purchase VIP tickets. I didn’t happen to follow up with any of the new folks at the end of the festival, but I do hope they enjoyed the entire experience!

Memento ticket and playbill -- the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society went all out!

Memento ticket and playbill — the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society went all out!

HPLHS Call of Cthulhu screening

Friday started early for us so we could stuff the car with gear and arrive at the theatre at noon. My husband Mike has been volunteering with the festival and took charge of getting the theatre prepared for the arrival of vendors. With Caitlin’s assistance, we managed to get our work done in time for the meet and greet at Sam’s Billiard’s. Theatre doors opened at 6pm to give folks time to browse the Mall of Cthulhu and mingle before events started at 7pm. We opted to leave Caitlin in charge of the table so we could attend the opening remarks and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Special 10th Anniversary Screening of The Call of Cthulhu. The HPLHS went all out with live performances including the Cirque Macabre, surviving members of The Miskatonic University Glee Club Alumni, burlesque dancer Nina Nightshade, and a collection of shorts and trailers ahead of the feature film. Cigarette girls roamed the aisles with candy versions of their traditional wares.

After The Call of Cthulhu, I slipped back upstairs to tend to my table. By about 10pm I was so exhausted speaking had become a challenge. Suffice to say, we passed on the after-party.

Day Two

New acquisitions. Not shown: the rest of my

A few books

Saturday was a full day starting with the Carb-load for Cthulhu group author signing. Publishers, editors, and authors were present in abundance with books for sale and pens to sign with. Jim Smiley presented me with a copy of Girl’s Night In: The Definitive Edition. Scott Nicolay was there with a handful of the few remaining copies of his glorious tale After. After is now sold out, but I highly recommend taking a look at the publisher, Dim Shores. Dim Shores has been offering very high quality stories paired with excellent art in small production runs. I dropped by the Word Horde table to pick up Molly Tanzer’s Vermillion and Orrin Grey’s Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts. I also brought along my personal copy of The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time for Mz. Tanzer to sign. That’s when, to my great surprise, I found out that we have a mutual appreciation for each other’s work. (Later in the weekend she bought some prints from me!)

Molly Tanzer with squamous woodcuts. (I'm still giddy over this.)

Molly Tanzer with squamous woodcuts. (I’m still giddy over this.)

Once the theatre opened, my husband was kind enough to grab a seat for me in the last screening of Final Prayer a.k.a. The Borderlands. This found footage film wouldn’t have attracted my attention, except Scott Glancy was recommending it as a film that left him uncomfortable. I am not a big fan of the found footage genre because I get motion sick easily from shaky films, but I gave it a chance and was not let down. I’ve been a fan of scary movies for as long as I can remember, and these days very few actually manage to evoke true tension and shock. Final Prayer did. It’s not widely available in the United States, but can be digitally acquired via Amazon. If you decide to give it a try, I highly recommend avoiding reviews so the ending isn’t spoiled, the trailer online is also subpar, don’t bother with it. Watch Final Prayer with the sound turned up, lights down, and no distractions (I noticed a theme with the 1 star reviews — they were from people who didn’t pay attention and missed a great deal of the plot.) The first few minutes are the roughest visually if you get motion sick like I do, but after that the film is smoother. This isn’t a slasher film, there’s character development and a slow tension build. Enjoy it.

Ask Lovecraft Live

Ask Lovecraft Live

Once Final Prayer was over I unclenched my limbs and stumbled out to see Leeman Kessler’s Ask Lovecraft Live! I’ve been enjoying his videos on YouTube since CthulhuCon earlier this year, but I didn’t get the chance to see him perform live there, or at NecronomiCon Providence. It’s amazing how often you can cross paths with someone at an event and never really get to see them do their thing. I’m glad I’ve remedied the issue. Kessler is amazing as H.P. Lovecraft and handles questions of all stripes quite deftly. Check out his YouTube Channel (updated 3 times a week!) and if you really enjoy what you see, consider supporting Ask Lovecraft on Patreon.

Medium of Madness panel

Saturday night I was a panelist alongside John Donald Carlucci, Lee Moyer, Mike Dubisch, and Toren Atkinson (yes, of Darkest of the Hillside Thickets). It was a lively discussion about our artistic mediums and how they mesh well with Lovecraftian horror. Even though I’ve known most of the panelists for years, I think we all learned a few things about each other’s process that we didn’t know before. Carlucci was encouraged to try his hand at scratchboard, and has begun experimenting with the medium already.  It appears to suit him well and I look forward to seeing what new works may arise from the clayboard. Artists, if you ever had the opportunity to be a panelist on a group discussion like this, but you’re not sure you can handle public speaking — give it a try! It really isn’t as difficult as you’d think, and it can be a very fruitful experience. Also, if you have the opportunity to just attend one — do it! There is also audience Q&A and depending on the size of the audience, you might get some quality discussion with the pros.

Day Three

The only color Tsathoggua remaining

The only color Tsathoggua remaining

Though I wish we had stayed for the after party (Toren Atkinson played a Darkest of the Hillside Thickets acoustic set!), we desperately needed sleep and Sunday was going to start early with the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast. I also had to get up a bit extra early since I had promised Leeman Kessler some Blue Star Donuts so his only Portland doughnut experience wouldn’t be Voodoo Donuts. (Don’t get me wrong, Voodoo Donuts are fun, but when it comes to flavor, Blue Star is the place to go!) Breakfast was buffet style and once everyone had a full plate, Festival Founder introduced Robert Price, whose “sermon” was  followed by the astounding Cody Goodfellow. Goodfellow was on quite a tear regarding the racist aspects of Lovecraft’s work, when who should come charging from the back of the room but H.P. Lovecraft himself, frothing with indignation over the treatment of his works. Goodfellow administered a Bladerunner-esque series of questions to Mr. Lovecraft before it became obvious an exorcism was in order. The results are debatable, but at least Mr. Lovecraft survived the lively rendition of “Baby Got Bass” (complete with Deep One and Cthulhu Girl backup dancers) which followed. It was worth the early rising to see.

I spent most of the rest of Sunday at or near my vendor booth, though I did sneak away for a chunk of Shorts Block 5 and was happy to catch Reber Clark’s amusing Derleth’s Brain, Skinner’s animated silent tale, This Horror Most Unreal, and Frank Woodward’s quirky horror, Balloon. After tear down ended we headed to the nearby Moon and Sixpence pub for a bite to eat and just a little more time with other guests and attendees.

A quiet moment in the vendor room with Brian Callahan and Andrew Migliori.

A quiet moment in the vendor room with Brian Callahan and Andrew Migliori.


I wish I could have seen more of the films (and caught some of the readings) during the weekend, but I’ve yet to figure out how to be in four places at once. Really, it is my only regret about the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (and many other fine events): It’s simply impossible to take in every event! On the bright side, I am left with a nice pile of new books, an imp skull from Catalyst Studio, and a lot fewer prints than I started the weekend with.

Thanks to Andrew Migliori for fifteen years of the Festival, and to Brian & Gwen Callahan for taking the reigns of this beast! May the Festival live on for many years to come!