This weekend: Esoteric Book Conference 2014

Those of you signed up for my mailing list may have already received this information, but for those of you who haven’t we have several exciting events coming up within the next couple of months!


Photo credit: Liv Rainey-Smith 2014

This weekend in Seattle, Washington I will be appearing at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference. It will be my third year as coordinator of the art fair and my sixth year as a participating artist, and I can say from experience that the EBC always invites a diverse array of spectators and participants. In addition to offering the largest selection of esoteric texts available in one location (including numerous rare and hard-to-find texts), the EBC boasts live presentations from noted esoteric scholars, a well-attended book and art fair that’s free to the public, and a panel of artistic luminaries including Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo, Anima Nocturna, Ken Henson, Kim Schwenk, and fellow Three Hands Press artist Timo Ketola.

Ketola will be unveiling a new series of illustrations for the upcoming book Hands of Apostasy this weekend. I, too, will be debuting an assortment of new work, including the zodiac series mentioned in my most recent post (Virgo pictured at right), and a special piece which shall go unnamed for now. The zodiac series, an open edition of twelve 6×6″ and 5×6″ prints, will be made available online shortly after the conference for $15 each.

Mona Lisa block

Photo credit: Liv Rainey-Smith 2014

Coming up next will be the opening night reception at Redux in Portland, Oregon on October 3rd, followed by the opening of my first gallery solo show Beasts of Lore: The Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith at Rogue Art Center in Medford, Oregon on October 17th from 5 – 8 PM. The Redux show will run through the end of November, and Beasts of Lore will run through November 21st.

Finally, I have been invited by da Vinci Arts Middle School to design the Mona Lisa tribute for this year’s art fair in December. As you can see from the photo at left, I’ve already begun designing the woodblock. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my work to help benefit students of the arts.

There will be more events and news to come over the next couple of months, so check back often to see what’s happening next. In the meantime, I hope to see you all this weekend at the EBC!

Mythos & Monsters and what’s up next.

A million thanks to Gargoyles Statuary and owner Gayle Nowicki for making last weekend’s Mythos & Monsters show a success! We enjoyed a sizable turnout of enthusiastic patrons of the arts, and Figure 7. in particular was the recipient of bountiful attention. At this time half the edition has been sold, so if you want to add Figure 7. to your personal collection now is an opportune time to visit Gargoyles, or if Seattle is out of the question, my online shop and place your order. Quantities are extremely limited, and there can never be another first edition, so don’t miss out!

Gargoyles Show 2014

Photo credit: Gayle Nowicki, 2014

It’s worth noting that Gargoyles Statuary boasts the largest collection of my work available outside of what’s offered here at Xylographilia. Their inventory boasts pieces from previous series including Arcanum Bestiarum, as well as a number of rarities. Among the works currently on display are several new prints soon to be appearing in Nate Pedersen and P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology. Pictured at left, clockwise from top right, are She Who Binds the Dead in Chains, Sign! (hidden behind my hat), Figure 7., Tsathoggua, Night Hag, Él Que Protege El Camino, The King in Yellow, and Liber Ivonis. Additionally, Gargoyles Statuary is now carrying a selection of hand-silkscreened T-shirts produced in collaboration with Sigh Co. Graphics.

Figure 7.

Figure 7.

The Mythos & Monsters show can be viewed at Gargoyles Statuary through September 15th. Also in September will be the opening of my next major show, this time at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference at Seattle’s University of Washington, just a short jaunt away from Gargoyles Statuary. This show will feature a new, never-before-shown selection of my work including the zodiac series, so be sure to book your tickets soon.

Hope to see you all there!

Mythos & Monsters opens at Gargoyles Statuary August 15th

I will be attending the opening night reception of Mythos & Monsters at Gargoyles Statuary as part of the Seattle U-District Artwalk. If you’re in the Seattle area on the evening of August 15th between 6 and 9 PM, drop by and say hello! This is an opportunity to preview the original woodcuts featured in P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology edited by Nate Pedersen, and to peruse Gargoyles’ selection of my unframed prints and magnets.

The show will run until mid-September. Refreshment will be provided at the opening.

Those who are unable to attend may be interested to learn that Tsathoggua and Figure 7. are also available online. Other new works will be released on this site at a later date.

Hope to see  you there!


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.


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

This weekend: Buckman Show & Sell


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:

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

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