I enjoy drawing on wood

After a flurry of shows and events, and before Norwescon, I’m finally back in the studio catching up on printing. I finished up the 2nd edition of Gruss vom Krampus today (photos soon) and will next be tackling the Sphinx edition. The Sphinx was first sketched directly on the block at an event last summer, then proofed in front of an audience at Art in the Pearl. Autumn/winter tends to be my busy season, so I never got around to printing the planned edition of 50 though I did make a few of the best proofs available at events and online.

Carving the Sphinx

Technically speaking, I could have printed a few of the edition and numbered them as such, but I much prefer to print editions all at once. If it is impossible to pull the entire edition in one day (I’m a human not a machine), I’ll print the edition over a few days. Why do this rather than “print to order?” It would certainly be less of an up-front investment in paper and time to pull a few prints, sell them, then pull a few more.

Proof of the Sphinx's existence.

However, by printing editions as I do in one fell swoop, I’m able to maintain greater control over the quality of the edition. My woodcuts are all hand pulled and due to the nature of wood and the maker (I’m still not a machine), there will always be slight variations between each print. That said, it is an edition! The variations need to be slight, and #50 shouldn’t be a lower quality piece of art than #1. So I print them all at once, give them a few days to dry, and then spend time sorting through all of the prints. Any that deviate too far from the rest, or are outright mistakes, aren’t included in the edition. Good variants might be kept as artist proofs, but mistakes are destroyed. On the few blocks I’ve treated as open editions (primarily artist trading cards), I still print in batches and keep examples on hand for comparison.

Art fair at The Lovecraft Bar


Greetings from lovely R'lyeh

The innaugural “Love Craft Fair” at the Lovecraft Bar is happening this Sunday, March 27th from noon to 6pm! I’ll be there with all my most monstrous woodcut prints, as well as any remaining H.P. Lovecraft jewelry from my jeweler days. Stop by and say, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn,” if you dare.

The Lovecraft Bar is located at:
421 SE Grand
Portland OR, 97214

Also rapidly approaching is the Sekhet-Maat Art Opening featuring an eclectic mix of esoteric artists both pro and amateur including Kate Ball, Jacob Poe, Joseph Thiebes, and me.

April 1st, 7pm-11:30pm
1409 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214

Last but not least, if you can’t make it to any of the events, you can always take advantage of the SHIPFREEMARCH coupon code through April 1st at both of my Etsy sites:


Full sheet trading card pre-order


Mi-go ACEO woodcut print

Last fall I created a set of Lovecraftian woodcut trading cards. At the time I had hoped to pull some good evenly inked & printed full sheet prints, but due to a series of studio renovations coupled with a busy schedule, it never happened. Now it is time to pull some prints!

Lovecraft artist trading card block

Early proof of the Lovecraft ACEO block

Are you interested in a full sheet print of the H.P. Lovecraft artist trading card block?

I am accepting pre-orders for full sheets prints through March 26th. $40.00 gets you one signed print on acid free Rives BFK, shipping included. Paper color preference? I have white, off-white, and buff on hand, just include a note if you have a preference, otherwise I’ll likely be working in off-white.

Worth noting: I’ve done a little more carving on the center portrait since that first printing, so it has changed slightly. 12×9″ block (properly centered on the sheet unlike the photo to the right), 14×11″ paper size. Finished prints will need a little time to dry, but will ship no later than April 15th. Send payment along with your shipping address via Paypal to Liv.Raineysmith@gmail.com or e-mail for alternative payment arrangements.

Free Shipping & Lovecraft news


Flora -- Woodcut print 2011

Given the string of local events this month, I thought a bit of free shipping might be nice for the non-locals (and stuck-at-home locals). Order from my either of my Etsy shops through April 1st and use this coupon code for free domestic (USA) shipping: SHIPFREEMARCH

Raineysmith.etsy.com General works
Lovecraftian.etsy.com Mythos works

International collectors, I’ll be happy to sweeten your order with some bonuses, or e-mail me at Liv.raineysmith@gmail.com so we can arrange an discount equivalent to the domestic offer for you.

H.P. Lovecraft fans, mark your calendars! I’m excited to announce The Lovecraft Bar is having their first Dark Art & Craft fair on March 27th. I’ll be digging out the last of my Lovecraft jewelry (still half price because it isn’t gone yet), and of course bringing all my most monstrous art out to play including the parchment leather prints.

Love Craft Fair at The Lovecraft tea house and bar.

Sunday March 27th 12pm-6pm
421 SE Grand
Portland OR 97214

Buckman Art Show & Sell this weekend

Join me this Friday & Saturday at the 21st Annual Buckman Art Show & Sell. This will be my 2nd year as a participating artist and I’m thrilled to once more have the opportunity to support the Buckman Elementary arts focus school. I have a larger display space this year and will be offering up a selection of framed and unframed works starting at just $20. A percentage of every sale (plus 100% of the silent auction sales) go directly to the school. Visit the Buckman Show & Sell website for more information. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 11, 5pm to 9pm ($5 admission; kids 4 and under are free)
Saturday, March 11, 10am to 5pm ($2 donation)

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School
320 SE 16th Avenue (between Stark and Pine)
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 936-2197

Three Hands Press

Today, Three Hands Press made their official announcement, and so now I can share it with you:

Three Hands Press is pleased to welcome Liv Rainey-Smith to our artistic coterie. Liv hails from the Pacific Northwest, executing visionary images in the time-honoured medium of woodblock prints. The subjects of her work include deities, demons, nightmare-spirits, and the monstrous emanations of the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Liv’s art will be featured in several upcoming titles to be announced later this year.

Needless to say, I am very excited to be working with Three Hands Press. Keep watching this space for more details!

The Buckman Art Show and Sell

I’m proud to announce that I’ve been invited back to the Buckman Art Show And Sell, a juried art festival and fundraiser for the Buckman Arts Elementary School! This event runs on March 11th and 12th and features over a hundred artists from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Two Love Shows!

I’ll have a new print showing at the Love in Print Show, a benefit for Art4Lifeproject. That’s right — I’m making a new print specifically for this show! If you’d like to see it, stop byBite Studio, 2000 SE 7th Avenue in Portland, Oregon (map), for the opening on Friday, February 4th, from 6-8 PM!

Also: starting on February 12th and running through February 27th, I will have another, completely different brand new print on display at the Portland Love Show at Gallery Homeland, 2505 Southeast 11th Avenue #136, Portland, OR 97202. Opening reception 7pm-12am February 12th. Details at portlandloveshow.com. See you there?


I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve been invited toNorwescon as a featured artist! We’re still working out the details on what exactly will happen, but you can find us there on April 21st-24th in SeaTac, WA. Details athttp://www.norwescon.org/