Zodiac series and upcoming shows

10462493_10152157368795009_3207793729911279895_nRecently I’ve taken a break from shows to create new work. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been working on a new print series depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac. After concentrating primarily on larger projects for most of this year, I was inspired to tackle something smaller-scale. The completed series will be offered as an open edition and will debut at the Esoteric Book Conference in September alongside other new works.

My creative process begins with research. After gathering historical references that serve the image I have in mind, I sketch out a design and then transfer it to a basswood block with red carbon paper. For this series my references included a 15th-century codex about mining and farming (as in the case of Pisces above) as well as art from the High Middle Ages. Most of the carving has been done with 1mm and 1.5mm U-gouges (pictured). 10488320_10152168371915009_5867634521574897733_nOnce the design has been carved out, each new block will be proofed. After proofing, I’ll go in and do some final touch-ups before printing the editions. Every block in this series will measure no more than four inches, and the completed prints will also be of modest size. At this stage, Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer are complete, and Taurus is coming up next.

These prints will be offered individually and as a set. Stay tuned for further updates as the project evolves, and remember to follow me on Facebook for a more detailed look at the carving process.

P.S. My next show will take place at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, Washington and will include works from the upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology.

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May shows

 

Tsathoggua is born

Tsathoggua is born

Join us tonight, May 2nd, at Bite Studio for a group show! All manner of prints may be found, including three of my newest Lovecraft Mythos works. Doors will be open from 6pm to 10pm. One night only!

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

May 8th- 11th, Portland, Oregon

World Horror Convention

My creepiest woodcuts, including Tsathoggua shown to the right,  may be found in the art show, while I may be found on a number of art-related panels. Just check your schedule!

After WHC I’ll be taking a bit of a break from shows to concentrate on creating new work for some secret projects, as well as to debut later this year at the Esoteric Book Conference!

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!