The Festival is nearly upon us!

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF!

Liv Rainey-Smith is pleased to announce that she will be appearing as a featured guest of the upcoming 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Her original hand-pulled woodcut prints will be available in Artists Alley. In addition to her popular illustrations from the 2012 Arcanum Bestiarum published by Three Hands Press, she will also be debuting a new selection of limited edition prints created for the soon-to-be-released Starry Wisdom Library anthology edited by Nate Pedersen. Mr. Pedersen as well as a number of other Starry Wisdom Library contributorsS T Joshi, Michael Cisco, Edward Morris, Jesse Bullington, Joe Pulver, Molly Tanzer, Pete Rawlik, Scott Nicolay, and Silvia Moreno-Garciawill also be guests at the festival.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Attending Kickstarter backers who ordered her hand-colored special edition print Sign! will receive it as part of their rewards package during the festival. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch-House, Sign! is an exclusive edition created just for HPLFF supporters. If you’d like to see what went into the creation of the edition, the work was documented here.

In previous years, Rainey-Smith has appeared at the HPLFF both as a vendor and a featured guest. This year, attendees will also have the opportunity to see her compete against Allen Koszowski, Nick Gucker, and Lee Moyer in Pickman’s Apprentice, a ninety-minute challenge in which Lovecraftian artists race to complete illustrations based on a theme chosen by the audience. Yes, she will be carving and printing a woodcut in those ninety minutes. Yes, first aid supplies will be at hand.

The 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival will take place from April 11th – 13th at the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/.

This weekend: Buckman Show & Sell

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140 artists and craftspersons will sell their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! In addition to these artists, Buckman students will be selling their creations!

Live music and dance performances throughout the entire two-day event, as well as food cart delectables.
Free children’s art activities will be available for your kids while you shop in our kids’ art room.

Admission to the show is a suggested donation of $2 to $5 per person. Children four and under are free.

Hours are Saturday, March 8, 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday, March 9, 11 am – 5 pm.
Buckman Elementary is located at: 320 SE 16th Ave., Portland, OR 97214

Explore the line-up of artists, entertainment, food carts, and other information online here: http://buckmanartshow.weebly.com/

Reception at Wells and Verne

Wells & Verne in Portland, Oregon is showing my original woodcut for the months of February and March. The intended opening reception was snowed out on February 7th, so we’ll be having a party this Friday, February 28th instead! Join us for refreshments, art, and conversation from 6:30-8:30 pm. We’ll even have a selection of a few of my t-shirts on hand in addition to Wells & Verne’s fantastic array of clothing and accessories.

Wells & Verne is located at:
8315 SE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

Art at Wells & Verne

Art at Wells & Verne

Ardor debuting tonight

Ardor 2014 Edition of 30

Ardor
2014
Edition of 30

Every year Bite Studio hosts a “Love in Print” show to benefit p:ear. The show opens tonight, February 14th from 6-10pm and will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon-4pm. Stop by to see new work from a plethora of local printmakers and give a little love to p:ear with your print purchases.

Bite Studio is located at 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2014 exclusive edition

1st edition exclusive for backers of the HPLFF

1st edition exclusive for backers of the HPLFF

Sign!
Woodcut on cotton rag paper, hand-colored with genuine mineral pigments including garnet, hematite, Minnesota pipestone, purpurite, and natural iron oxides.
8 x 6″ block size
10 x 8″ paper size
Edition size to be determined, will be signed and numbered

2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon Kickstarter exclusive. I’ve pledged to make this first edition based on “The Dreams in The Witch-House”  just for supporters of my favorite film festival! If you want one, simply follow the link and chose the CRYPTIC DESIGNS: XYLOGRAPH level, or the print can be added to other support levels for $85. Order yours now!

“The man did not speak, and bore no trace of expression on his small, regular features. He merely pointed to a book of prodigious size which lay open on the table, while the beldame thrust a huge grey quill into Gilman’s right hand. Over everything was a pall of intensely maddening fear, and the climax was reached when the furry thing ran up the dreamer’s clothing to his shoulders and then down his left arm, finally biting him sharply in the wrist just below his cuff. As the blood spurted from this wound Gilman lapsed into a faint. ”

– H.P. Lovecraft The Dreams in The Witch-House

New prints and new events!

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2014 has barely begun and it is already busy. I’ve been spending most of my time in the studio working on a handful of prints in various stages of completion. One will soon be offered as a special reward to backers of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Kickstarter — details to be revealed once the campaign launches. Another will debut February 1st at Curious Gallery where I’ll also be presenting a talk on woodcut printmaking from the 15th century up to my own particular take on the medium. I’m also wrapping up a small edition created for the Love in Print benefit for p:ear at Bite Studio on February 7th. You can see the finished carving before printing to the right. Also on February 7th, the good folks at Wells & Verne have invited me to show for the month in their shop and will be holding an opening reception that night.

As for the other prints in progress? I’ve got to keep something up my sleeve for future shows!

Join me in my studio on October 12th, 13th, 19th, or 20th!

A Rat is born!

Portland Open Studios 2013
Watch Artists at Work
October 12, 13, and 19, 20 10am-5pm

I’m participating in Portland Open Studios 2013 – along with 95 other artists around the Portland Metro area. This is a great opportunity to see the private spaces where artists work, view demonstrations, and learn more about the creative process – from the inside!

To discover other artists’ studios in your neighborhood and experience the full range of artists at work, pick up a Tour Guide. The $20 Tour Guide is a ticket for two adults (children under 18 are free) and includes images of the artists’ work, a fold-out map, and a 2013/14 calendar. On a budget? We’ve also got a $7.50 Map Only ticket, also good for two adults, all four days.

Tour Guides can be purchased online at www.portlandopenstudios.com or are available at all New Seasons, and Muse, Collage, I’ve Been Framed, and Columbia Art, from participating artists and many other retail locations throughout the Portland metro area.

If you would rather navigate the tour from your smart phone, then we offer a Portland Open Studios app for iPhone and for Android. The app includes studio navigation via Google Map, the ability to add notes for future reference and search artist by name or media. Go to the app store to get yours for only $9.99.

Check the blog for last minute updates as well as articles about select artists and special offers for tour visitors: http://www.portlandopenstudios.com/news/

Hope to see you on the tour October 12, 13, and 19, 20 10am-5pm!

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

Cthulandia now available

Cthulandia 2nd edition

For those who missed out on the 2013 Portland H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival edition of Cthulandia, I’m offering a 2nd edition printed in black ink on cream cotton rag paper.

Cthulandia
2013
woodcut print
2nd Edition, limited to 50 prints
10 x 8″ paper size
8 x 6″ block size

Available now via my Etsy storefront.

Prints will also be available this Friday July 12th at the Bite Studio group show in Portland, OR.