It’s that time, folks: My solo show Omens & Portents is right around the corner, coming at you this weekend at Seattle’s Gargoyles’ Statuary. Join us this Friday July 17th from 6 – 9 PM for wine, cheese, and strange new woodcuts!
To learn more about Gargoyles’ Statuary, follow their Facebook page. Also, if you live in the Seattle area, check out the U-District Art Walk. This event takes place on the third Friday of every month and features art from all around the Northwest.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 Pedro, 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!
SIREN NATION ART & CRAFT SALE
Sunday, November 2nd in the McMenamin’s Kennedy School Gym. 10am – 4pm.
All Ages. FREE! Featuring 40 of the best art and craft vendors from the
NW. Look for me with a full selection of Zodiac prints, magnets, and a few other original woodcut print favorites.
The first 50 people through the door will be given gift bags sponsored by
Sock It To Me, Bitch Magazine, Siren Nation and Luna Bar!!!
Featuring: Autopilot Empires, BoneWerx, House of Moss, Sunny Asylum
Designs, acbc Design, BevoBirdie Originals, Candy Amor Jewelery, Carol
Opie Ceramics, This Fine Day, A Wise Woman Jewelry, Consu Tolosa Art, Kiss
Me Kitty, Dana Murphy Designs, Di Pinsonault Art, Rx Letterpress, Chapter
Jewelry, Faieland Studio Art, Frawn Jewelry, BigWooWear, MeMe Cosmetics,
Scrumptious Suds, Soda Fountain Studios, Sparrow and Sundry, Jennifer
Campbell Design Jewelry, Rags + Bones, Addie Pearl Jewelry Design, Katt
Sarro Ceramics, Kim Forrer Designs, Sew Zany, Marvelous Mosaic, Lea K
Arts, Xylographilia, LoLo-ology, Peggy Pfenninger, Dragonfly DayDream,
Buttonlandia, Allegra B Designs, CratyStaci, Beth Collins Art!
See you Sunday!
Originally posted by xylograph_rss at Rogue Gallery Show Opening Friday!
Originally posted by xylograph_rss at My new zodiac series and some upcoming shows.
Recently 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). Once 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 part of 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.
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/
It's been a whirlwind of a year so far in many other ways, from the the release of Arcanum Bestiarum to the Ars Necronomica art show at the Providence Art Club. This weekend marks another chapter in this banner year, as she will be the art director for the fifth annual Seattle Esoteric Book Conference. See you there?
- Secretary of State John Kerry is claiming that the evidence that Syria used chemical weapons is clear. The problem: it isn't. Justin Raimondo has more here.
- A high school classmate of mine found this great primer on Syria. Pass it around!
- Maybe I should tell Think Progress that I had to present a driver's license to buy my AR-15.
- Since we're in the land of Maybe: maybe, to counter the "another responsible gun owner" (followed by a story of an irresponsible gun owner) meme being spewed by the leftie bloggosphere, the rightie bloggosphere should start an "another responsible pot smoker" meme, with stories like this one. Or, maybe we can quit trying to ban things because we hate the people who use them.
- According to the conservative bloggosphere, This executive order banning re-importation of military weapons likely means no more WWII-issue M1 Garands for the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Right? Maybe not.
- SC's pieces in the Providence Art Club are mentioned by name in this piece on last weekend's Providence NecronomiCon. Only, they're not paintings! They're wood block prints! (Also: proof that SC was at NecronomiCon here.)
- Syrian rebels slaughter Shi'ites in Halta. Stuff like this is precisely why I think turning up the heat on this proxy war is a mistake.
- The White House has no plans to curtail their survailance program, despite outrage from Congress. Meanwhile, the White House is letting the media do the job of defaming Snowden and keeping their mouths shut, which is pretty much Obama's MO with any political opponent.
- Think the United States government wouldn't abuse all the data they're collecting? They did it before....
- navalny for Mayor? Yes!
- Portlandia has been renewed for two seasons. My mother will be happy because she loves the show. My friends will be happy because they have more acting opportunities. I'm happy because it means that one of SC's claims to fame - that her art was in the adult babysitter scene - is still relevant.