CthulhuCon San Pedro wrap-up & Tsathoggua exclusive pre-order

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The site of the 2015 San Pedro CthulhuCon: the historic Warner Grande Theater. Photo courtesy Todd Chicoine

What can I say about CthulhuCon San Pedro? It was a different climate from the Portland conference by far, but no less fun, and with no shortage of Lovecraftian delights in which to partake. The attractions included (but were not limited to) short film screenings, burlesque, gaming demos, pub trivia, live author readings, and live radio theatre. Plenty of entertainment to really put the wgah’nagl in your fhtagn!

San Pedro luminaries included Leslie S. Klinger, world-renowned scholar of the Victorian literary figures Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, and New York Times-bestselling editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, and Annotated Sandman. For more information about his books and upcoming appearances, check out his blog! Also present was director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Fields of the Nephilim, Dust Devil) and Cody Goodfellow: novelist, short fiction author, and editor in chief of Perilous Press, a micropublisher of cosmic horror. For an unabridged list of  HPLFF San Pedro guests, visit this page.

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Mike Dubisch’s Tsathoggua changing a tire. Photo courtesy Todd Chicoine

And luckily for us, the entire conference was chronicled by photographer Todd Chicoine, whose photos you see here, with his kind permission. I highly recommend you check out his webpage here.

Once again I had the pleasure of competing in the Pickman’s Apprentice Live Drawing Competition, with a brand new prompt and a talented fellow artist and seasoned veteran of the Lovecraft scene. Our task? To complete an original artwork of Tsathoggua changing a tire. (A rather odd activity for such a lazy Mythos character.) I’m pleased to say that we both reacted to the subject with a moment of “What does a car look like?

This time my competitor was illustrator Mike Dubisch. In addition to creating Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons toys, designing DVD covers for WWF, and animating characters for MTV, Mike has published the Lovecraftian graphic novel Weirdling, and has a number of works on permanent display at New York’s Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art. ” Check out his magnificent interpretation of the prompt at right.

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Inking “Worst AAAA Service Ever!” Photo courtesy Todd Chicoine

My competition piece proved a bit troublesome in the making. Though I love working in wood due it its unique qualities, sometimes particular pieces are problematic. The wood may be too soft, or the grain too wide to yield a solid black print. In this case, the block was prone to chipping, perhaps due to uneven gluing between the layers of the plywood. I quickly learned to be extremely cautious with my larger cuts in order to not lose large pieces of the work! Fortunately the block inked and printed well. Given the subject matter, it has been dubbbed, “Worst AAAA Service Ever!” (You are of course familiar with the quadruple A company: Anomalous Arcane Automobile A———- and their famous slogan, “Do not speak the forbidden name, simply scream AAAA for service.”)

Worst AAAA Service Ever! woodblock and print

Worst AAAA Service Ever! woodblock and print

Sadly the print pulled during the competition did not survive the trip home. Fortunately the woodblock did, and since there have been requests, for the first time ever I’m offering a Pickman’s Apprentice edition. In the spirit of the 90-minute art challenge, I will not be making any alterations to the block before printing. I’ll be accepting orders through June 25th 2015 and then printing only as many “Worst AAAA Service Ever!” as have been ordered. Each print will be signed, numbered, and shipped as soon as they are dry (approximately June 20th). Block size is 9 x 12″, paper will be 11 x 14″ cotton rag in my preferred cream color. Shipping via First Class Domestic or International Air Mail. Shipping is included in the price; simply chose the appropriate option below.

Pre-order Worst AAAA Service Ever!


Oh, and I should probably mention, I was declared the winner of Pickman’s Apprentice!

Last but not least, the good folks from Everyone Question covered the the festival with excellent photos and interviews. You can find my own interview here, in which I discuss woodcut, nightmares, and why I enjoy H.P. Lovecraft.

There will be more to come soon, including a solo show at Gargoyles Statuary in July, the Esoteric Book Conference, NecronomiCon Providence, and the 20th Anniversary H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Supplication & San Pedro

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Supplication

Last weekend at PDX CthulhuCon I debuted my new print Supplication. This print—the first installment in a new series inspired by the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and the medieval tradition of manuscript illumination—depicts a supplicant making a ritual sacrifice to Shub-Niggurath, Lovecraft’s “black goat of the woods with a thousand young.” The central figures are enclosed by a thick, detailed border of uncannily tentacle-like flora. This first edition of thirteen signed and numbered original woodcut prints is available on Etsy. Additionally, those of you attending HPLFF San Pedro this weekend will have the opportunity to purchase your own Supplication onsite from yours truly! The festivities began yesterday at the Warner Grand Theatre, but you still have today and tomorrow to get in on the fun.

Supplication woodblock  just before inking

Supplication woodblock just before inking

It is possible that the image of the Baphomet goat was Lovecraft’s inspiration for Shub-Niggurath, who first appeared in the short story “The Last Test” (1928). While she is never described, leaving ample room for varied artistic representation, she is frequently called upon in incantations and rites like the one illustrated here. Her influence has also crept into pop culture, leading to references in horror fiction including Stephen King’s short story “Crouch End.”

If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the woodcut printmaking process, then take a gander at this short video of my very first proofing of Supplication. Here you can watch me apply the first application of ink to the newly carved woodblock, thoroughly coating it in preparation for printing. Then, in this video, I drop a fresh piece of cotton rag paper on the freshly inked block and pull it through the etching press, leaving an inky impression behind. Typical of first proofs, the resulting print is a little hazy. The pigment becomes darker and bolder with each application of ink, giving us clearer, bolder prints later in the session.

That’s all for now, folks! I hope to see some of you in San Pedro this weekend. Until next time, may the Great Old Ones smile upon you.

CthulhuCon is upon us!

The stars are right, Portlanders: CthulhuCon PDX 2015 is coming at you later this month! On April 25th and 26th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, we’re celebrating twenty years of H.P. Lovecraft here in Portland, Oregon. CthulhuCon attendees will enjoy offerings including a panel of guest luminaries, a short film festival, live author readings, gaming demos, and much more. miniflyer_cthulhuconpdx

This year’s featured guests include Leslie S. Klinger, the New York Times-best-selling editor of The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft; fiction writer Wilum H. Pugmire; sculptor, illustrator, and designer Paul Komoda; and noted game designer Kenneth Hite, among others. Guest artists include Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera executive producer Mike Dalager; game designer and Dungeons & Dragons contributor Keith Baker; and xylographic artist yours truly. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can join the live edition of Ask Lovecraft featuring actor Leeman Kessler as the man himself. (Be sure to check out his Ask Lovecraft site, and peruse his YouTube channel, too.) Visit the CthulhuCon guests page for a complete rundown of the other participants, and check out the schedule for more events information. There will be a large number of gaming sessions which attendees can sign up for now!

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I’ll be making several appearances throughout the weekend. On Saturday, April 25th you can catch me participating in the Illustrating the Mythos panel alongside guest artists Paul Komoda, Lee Moyer, Heather Hudson, and Nick Gucker. That same day, I’ll also be competing in the Pickman’s Apprentice Live Drawing Competition. Competitors have ninety minutes to plan and create a Lovecraft-inspired illustration. (Last year’s prompt was Nyarlathotep in a water park!) The audience selects a winner, and all pieces will be auctioned off for charity. Whereas in prior years Pickman’s Apprentice was a one-round event featuring three or four competitors, this year there will be multiple two-artist battles culminating in one final showdown. I’ll be competing against Fufu Frauenwahl, so make sure to drop in and catch all of the hot woodcutting action! You can also join me for the Neopaganism & Lovecraft Panel, where we’ll be discussing the influence of Lovecraft’s fiction on modern occultism. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Cthulhu, hand colored and gilded

Cthulhu, hand colored and gilded


Before and after the above events, you can catch me in Artists Alley where you’ll find a dazzling array of original handcrafted artwork: Pick up some Lovecraftian goodies from Arkham Bazaar—including my officially licensed shirts—sample the sideshow oddities of Tinplate Studios, and satisfy your sweet tooth with some spooky confections from nom*ables, Portland’s only geek-themed patisserie/caterer.

I have another exciting bit of news to share, too: This coming weekend at CthulhuCon I’ll be debuting a never-before-seen woodcut, the first installment in a brand new series of work. It’s too early for me to divulge any details, so for the moment you’ll have to see the new woodcut in person. As usual, I’ll have a wide selection of other popular prints available for sale, as well as a few special items such as the one of a kind hand-colored Cthulhu at right.

That’s all for now, Portlanders! If you’re unable to make it to the festival, I have prints for sale online as always, plus a new selection of wood cards available in my Etsy store.

Next week, you can catch me in San Pedro for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival!Ardor wood card

 

My Norwescon 38 Schedule

"Red" Tsathoggua one of a kind hand-colored woodcut print

“Red” Tsathoggua one of a kind hand-colored woodcut print

I’m excited to be an Attending Pro at Norwescon 38, April 2nd through 5th. I’ll be exhibiting original woodcut prints in the Art Show and participating in a number of panels. Please note, I will have both framed and unframed prints available at the Art Show including one-of-a-kind hand colored prints, and standard editions. All art sales at Norwescon will be handled by Norwescon staff.

Art Show Hours
Thursday: 8 pm-1o pm (Art Show Reception)
Friday: 10 am–8 pm
Saturday: 10 am–7 pm
Sunday: 10 am–2:30 pm

Thursday

Art Show Reception – Thursday – 8pm-10pm – Art Show
This is your first chance to see the art on display and meet the artists!

Friday

Creativity & Disabilities
Fri 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 10
Whether your problems are physical or psychological, there’s no denying that being creative and creating art is difficult to almost impossible when a disability stands in your way. Come learn how different artists and writers work with, past, or through their personal disabilities and limitations to create their art.
Amber Clark (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Jeff Sturgeon, Shubzilla

The Business of Art
Fri 5:00pm-6:00pm – Cascade 12
There’s more than talent to making a living as an artist. Health insurance, taxes, marketing, organization, selling yourself, portfolios — where do you find the time to do all that and still make art?
Rob Carlos (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Bryan Syme, Jeff Sturgeon

Saturday

No panels today!

Sunday

Defeating Artist’s Block
Sun 11:00am-12:00pm – Cascade 12
The blank canvas can strike fear into us all. How do we break past that stuckness when we don’t know where to start — or what to do next?
Margaret Organ-Kean (M), Bryan Syme, Julie Dillon, Laurie Noel, Liv Rainey-Smith

Inks and Blocks
Sun 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 12
The computer printer was invented in the 1950s, but we’ve been printing inked images on paper for well over a millennium, with techniques that are still in use today. Why do we continue to use this literally ancient approach… and how can you do it too?
Margaret Organ-Kean (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Mimi Noyes

Handling Your Online Image As An Artist
Sun 2:00pm-3:00pm – Cascade 12
How do you create effective online presence? How and where should you sell work online? What social networking tools should you be using, and how? What are best practices for building a fan base and then interacting with them?
Nicole Dieker (M), Liv Rainey-Smith, Laurie Noel, Margaret Organ-Kean

The creation of Abrasax

Abrasax_carving1I haven’t made many new art posts in a while because although I am working on a great deal of new art, much of it is being kept under wraps until certain dates for various reasons. The reasons for concealment are good ones,, but I admit I can get a bit impatient about sharing new works, so I recently made time to create something without any such restrictions! If you follow my Facebook Art Page, you’ve likely seen at least a few process photos over the past week or so. If not, here are a few glimpses into the process.

Abrasax_carving2I’ve been interested in the symbolism of Abrasax (also known as Abraxas) for quite some time and recently began researching Abraxas stones. My intention is to create my own Abraxas stone in another medium, but I also felt it was time for a woodcut homage. I chose a block left over from the Arcanum Bestiarum series for the work, so you may notice it is the same size as the Bear, Hare, and Raven prints.

Abrasax_inking I utilized my usual technique of transferring sketch to block, and started carving with the head. Although I did sketch out the scales of the serpent legs, I left all but the head details off the block. In my experience, scales don’t always carve exactly as expected, so attempting to follow the sketch likely would have been an exercise in futility.

You may notice I’ve left a few elements a bit unfinished. I wanted to see how they’d look in solid black before permanently making them lighter. Now that I’ve inked and proof printed the block, I’ll let it dry a few days before finish carving. After those alterations the block will be ready for editioning. I’m leaning towards a small edition of 22, same as the Raven and Bear. Check out the videos below for a first person look at the first inking, and the first proof coming off the block.

March news

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I have exciting news to share. First, since returning from PantheaCon in San Jose last month, I’ve been busily carving a few new blocks, most of which will be a new series of work. At the moment I can’t reveal much about the contents, but here’s a small teaser for you. (Note, you’re actually looking at two blocks here, the one on the right is further along and has been inked and proofed for the first time.)

Speaking of new work, fans of the Arcanum Bestiarum illustrations will be happy to learn the Raven is now available as a bookmark! Each one is laser printed on one- or two-ply natural wood veneer and measures 6 x 2 inches. They retail for $4 each and are available in a wide variety of different woods all of which are sustainably harvested in the USA. I’m extremely happy with how the bookmarks have turned out and am planning on creating more.

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And now onto upcoming events …

Coming up on March 7th and 8th is the 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell at Buckman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. This two-day event will feature the work of 140 artists and craftspersons offering original artwork, furniture, jewelry, textiles, and more. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School PTA to go toward the purchase of essential supplies for Buckman’s arts-integrated classrooms, with the remaining 70% going directly to the participating artists. In lieu of an admission fee, attendees can make a suggested donation of $2 – $5 at the door. Children four and under get in free– and can make some art of their own while there! Follow the Buckman Art Show on Facebook and Twitter for additional details, and I hope to see you there!

Next up, at 5:00 PM on April 3rd is the opening night reception of Visionary Art by Print Arts Northwest. This event will kick off an exhibition exploring themes including transcendence, mysticism, spirituality, and the natural elements. Visionary Art is scheduled to run through April 22nd at Lake Oswego’s Museum 510. For more information, visit the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s events calendar.

The Lovecraft fans among you will want to mark CthulhuCon PDX down on your calendars. Join me April 25th & 26th at Crowne Plaza in Portland, Oregon for a convention celebrating Lovecraft’s 125th birthday year, complete with art, film, music, and panels. The following month, the Los Angeles edition of the popular H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival comes to San il_570xN.681900502_d67mPedro, California for its sixth year running. Festival-goers can play games, enjoy the live radio theatre production The Shadow Over Innsmouth, watch short films, and meet guest authors, directors, and artists.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival San Pedro is only one of several upcoming events outside of Portland, so if you live elsewhere in the U.S. I encourage you to check out my events page. I just may be visiting your neighborhood in the near future, be it at NecronomiCon in Providence, Rhode Island, or my solo show at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, Washington beginning July 17th.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Inside the Starry Wisdom Library

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BACKGROUND

Regular readers of my blog are likely aware of my contributions to P.S. Publishing’s Starry Wisdom Library. This unique volume, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark”, is a facsim

ile auction catalog consisting of lots from the fictitious Church of Starry Wisdom’s extensive library of occult literature. On the book’s official website, editor Nate Pedersen poses these questions:

What if, on the eve of disbanding, the Church of Starry Wisdom organized a rare book auction of the various tomes in their collection? What if the accompanying auction catalogue was privately published and privately circulated, disappearing for over a century until its recent rediscovery in the archives of Miskatonic University? What if we could read the 1877 original today?

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A detail of the block for “She Who Binds the Dead in Chains.”

 

The answers are contained in the pages of The Starry Wisdom Library. Convincingly modeled after an 19th century auction catalog, the book contains descriptions of the most valuable editions in the Church’s library, a collection of forty-four illuminating essays by “learned personages” of occult literature, and a series of six original woodcut illustrations by yours truly.

Enthusiasts of Lovecraft will recognize their favorite Mythos titles—such as “De Vermis Mysteriis,” “Pnakotic Manuscripts,” and the “Necronomicon”—in the summary of lots, each accompanied by a detailed essay from contemporary horror luminaries including Nick Matamas, Molly Tanzer, and Joe Pulver. Interspersed with these scholarly expositions are the half dozen woodcuts created exclusively for The Starry Wisdom Library, depicting characters and creatures both directly and indirectly from Lovecraft’s oeuvre: Tsathoggua devouring human sacrifices, the Scorpion Goddess and her mate Nekhebkau torturing the damned, Xolotl assisting a departed man along his passage into the afterlife, and the King in Yellow beckoning from the shore of Lake Hali. The result is “an enormously valuable and fascinating piece of ephemera detailing the infamous collection of rare occult books in all of its dark and foreboding glory.”

Coloring "El Que Protege El Camino."

Coloring “El Que Protege El Camino.”

REVIEWS

TeleRead user Paul St. John Mackintosh pronounces The Starry Wisdom Library “the weirdest book I’ve read of late, and I say that as a regular reviewer of weird fiction.” He continues, “The quality of the design and production is matched by the attention to detail in the catalog entries, which frame each bizarre imagined history of the volume in question with a persuasively accurate physical description.”

Reviewer David Goudsward agrees: “The book’s graphic design and six large illustrations perfectly evoke the funereal undercurrent of high Victorianism.”

PURCHASE

The Starry Wisdom Library can be purchased directly from P.S. Publishing and retails for £20 (or about US$30.25).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Starry Wisdom Library was made possible by the contributions of Scott David Aniolowski, Glynn Barrass, Edward P. Berglund, Allyson Bird, Scott Brents, Jesse Bullington, Ramsey Campbell, Matt Cardin, S.J. Chambers, Michael Cisco, Carrie Cuinn, Gemma Files, Richard Gavin, Christopher Hanson, Daniel Harms, Stephen Graham Jones, John Langan, Andrew Leman, Livia Llewellyn, Nick Matamas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Edward Morris, Scott Nicolay, Robert M. Price, W.H. Pugmire, Joe Pulver, Pete Rawlik, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Ann K. Schwader, Darrel Schweitzer, Robin Spriggs, Simon Strantzas, Molly Tanzer, Keith Taylor, Karin Tidbeck, Donald Tyson, Genevieve Valentine, Kali Wallace, Kaaron Warren, Don Webb, Jeff Wells, and F. Paul Wilson.

A freshly printed "Tsathoggua" coming off the block.

A freshly printed “Tsathoggua” coming off the block.

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

First Friday & da Vinci Arts Fair

2014 is nearinMona g its conclusion, and I’m closing out the year with just two more shows! I’ll be shipping worldwide as usual (see the bottom of this post for free shipping codes), but if you’d like to get out and see works in person before the new year, you have two more opportunities this weekend.

First, I’ll be participating in Bite Studio‘s Holiday Print Show on December 5th. This First Friday show will take place at Portland, Oregon’s Bite Studio, located at 2000 SE 7th Ave. The show will run from 6 – 10 PM and will feature all-new prints from Bite’s resident printmakers. Due to a scheduling conflict I won’t be attending until later in the night, but there will be plenty of terrific art to enjoy in the meantime. (Click the link above to visit Bite’s homepage and view a sampling of some of the incredibly diverse work you can expect to see.)

The following night, the tenth annual da Vinci Arts Fair is coming up on December 6th and 7th at da Vinci Arts Middle School, located at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, Oregon. To commemorate the occasion, I’ve created a special woodcut paying homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Mona #1 has been framed and will be raffled during the arts fair, and 100% of the proceeds will help fund arts and academic programs for da Vinci students. The remaining nine prints will be available to purchase ($80 each) along with a wide selection of my other work, including a few seasonal items like Gruss vom Krampus. All sales of Mona, and all purchases at the Fair benefit the students of da Vinci Arts Middle School. For those of you curious about the creation of Mona, check out the videos below to watch me ink the woodblock and then pull a print.

That’s it for 2014 events. My first event in the New Year will be the 2015 Curious Gallery PDX, January 10th and 11th at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Ave. Visit their homepage for more info, including links to the Curious Gallery Google+, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Free Shipping!

Finally, the free shipping offer announced in my last blog post is still in effect through December 10th, so now’s the time to take advantage of it. Orders placed before December 15th should arrive in time for Christmas, so if you’re planning on giving the gift of art this holiday season, don’t hesitate! If you’re in the United States, use THANKS2014 for free shipping on orders of $20 or more. International collectors, please use WINTER2014 for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. These codes are valid in both my online store and Etsy shop.

2014 Holiday events & Black Friday offer

Hi, folks! I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween. It seems like we skipped directly from summer to winter here in Oregon, and this chilly weather already has me thinking about the upcoming holiday season. If you’re in the Portland area and looking for unique holiday gifts, I hope you’ll join us. Read on for the details!

First, you still have a few opportunities remaining to catch my show at Redux in Portland, Oregon as well as my Beasts of Lore solo show at Rogue Gallery in Medford, Oregon. The Redux show runs through the end of this month, and Beasts of Lore closes on Friday, November 21st, so if you’d still like to catch either of them, act now!

Then, the Oregon College of Art and Craft Annual Student and Alumni Holiday Sale is beginning in late November at the OCAC campus located at 8245 SW Barnes Rd. The sale, which will feature the work of 70 artisans from around the Pacific Northwest, will be open to visitors Friday, November 28th from 5 – 9PM; Saturday, November 29th from 10AM – 4 PM; and Sunday, November 30th from 10AM – 3PM. Proceeds will help to fund OCAC student scholarships.da Vinci Arts Fair 2014 Postcard

On December 6th and 7th, I’ll be at the da Vinci Arts Fair at da Vinci Arts Middle School at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, Oregon. Held annually on the first weekend in December, this PTSA-run event helps to subsidize arts and academic classes at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The show features the work of community artisans and da Vinci students, as well as a snack bar and crafts room where kids can make their own art to take home.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the da Vinci Middle School Arts Fair,  I was invited to create my own woodcut version of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. You can see photos from her creation here. I’ve printed Mona as a very small edition of just 10 signed and numbered prints on cream rag paper. Mona #1 of 10 has been framed and will be raffled off at the Fair with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the students of da Vinci Arts Middle School. #2 through #10 will be available unframed for $80 each during the Art Fair. If you’re unable to attend and would like to acquire Mona, please contact me to reserve one. All online sales of Mona have been pledged to benefit the school just as those sold during the fair. In addition to Mona, a wide selection of other favorite prints including the recent mini zodiac series, the last of the Krampus edition, and a full array of magnets, will be available at the da Vinci Arts Fair. I hope to see you there!

Free shipping through December 10th!

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Krampus

Not in Portland? Can’t make it out? Don’t want to go out in this cold? I’ve got you covered! Instead of offering a one-day Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal, now through December 10th, you can have your order shipped free. If you’re in the United States, use THANKS2014 for free shipping on orders of $20 or more. International collectors, please use WINTER2014 for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. These codes are applicable in both my online store and Etsy shop. Don’t be surprised if you find some bonuses in your package; this is the season of giving after all!

Finally, with Thanksgiving approaching with gathering speed, I’d like to take a moment to share my gratitude that I am employed as a working artist and to thank you all for your ongoing interest and patronage. Life as a working artist certainly isn’t the simplest, but it is much more fulIfilling than my past life as a clerk in a big box store. I hope your holidays are bright!