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Sep. 20th, 2010

by dave b

The Grove Review

I already posted about this on my website and the couscous collective blog, but I'm just so stupid proud of it so I'm posting it here too. 

In July the 5th issue of the Grove Review was published. The reason this is such an important event to me is that I’m in it! A couple days ago I opened up my mailbox to find two copies waiting for me.

There are three images of mine in the magazine along with a host of other artwork and of course writing- it is after all ‘a literary journal’. I know that I am very much enjoying my copy and definitely recommend it to everyone.

It’s a great feeling to see your work published in a magazine. The staff of the Grove was fantastic and I’d love to work with them again if the opportunity ever arises. I am sincerely grateful to my good friend Gregory Randolph, who suggested I submit my work in the first place and offered a great deal of encouragement.

May. 26th, 2010

by dave b

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It's been a while since I posted and a fair amount has happened with my art since and I thought I should mention it.  My website is all up and running. It looks great thanks to my good friend Myrrh, and I'm really, really excited to finally have a site I can update fairly easily.  It's strange how much a difference it makes. I'm actually enjoying making updates and changes.  If you're interested in what I'm doing with my art, there's a news page (that has an RSS feed if you prefer those).
Lately I've been working mostly digitally and I've got a bunch of drawings up on the site that I never got around to posting here, like this one which I finished up just a couple nights ago.
the dragon in my heart
I have however, ordered a small press which I expect to be ready within the next month or so. I'm terribly, terribly excited to get back into printing a bunch of intaglio. Can't wait!
The collective made it back from Stumptown safely and we're already starting to make our plans for APE. We'll be putting together a little anthology of stories from the members for the first time, and I'm really excited!
I'm even making plans for a few gallery shows coming up over the next year.
There have definitely been some ups and downs with all this over the last few months, but it's really comforting to look back and see just how much progress I've been making.
I've got a couple of projects that I could serialize in some way that I've been toying with lately. So much of my work is so physical, takes so, so long to complete, that it seems like it would be fun to do something that could be done in small chunks.
At any rate, we'll see what happens.

Apr. 24th, 2010


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So today is the first day of Stumptown Comics Fest and I'll be there! If you're in the Portland area drop on by the Llyod Center Doubletree hotel and say hello! 

Apr. 9th, 2010


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Trying to pull some things together for Stumptown, but as the days keep flying by I'm not really sure I'll manage to get it all done. At any rate, I'll be in Portland at the show the 24th and 25th, so if you're in town, drop by and say hello.
A friend of mine is in charge of putting together the art for a play festival about various greek gods. Apparently one of the artists had to drop out so after talking about it over easter brunch I have somehow become responsible for drawing Hermes as a bike messenger. I like the way the image is pulling together so far, so fingers crossed it comes out just as good as I hope it will.
Slowly trying to pull a bunch of pieces of all my art stuff together. Waiting for my shiny little press to arrive is killing me. I want to play with it right now and I'm terrified something terrible will happen to it somehow. Silly me. My press is going to be amazing.

Nov. 25th, 2009

by dave b

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This last week has been especially hectic, primarily in preparation for the two shows I am participating in during the month of December.

If you are in San Francisco, you can go check out some of the prints I did over the summer at the 79 New Montgomery Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30 till 7:30 (though these things always run a little late, don't they?) Stop by, look at some great art and say hello!

If you are in Portland you can go see something rather different at the Sequential Art Gallery located at 328 NW Broadway. Their group show this year is called OMG PWN!ES and features modded my little ponies. The opening reception will be help Thursday, December 3rd from 6 until 10. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend as I will be in SF, but most of the other artists will be there.
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Aug. 5th, 2009

by dave b

Cross posted this post to my own journal

In case you were all wondering what I've been up to in Italy I'm cross posting this post I made over on the printmaking group here.

Just finished up a class learning about non-toxic printmaking methods and using a very limited studio. All of our inks were water soluble, no acid or ferric chloride for etching, etc. We had had an etching press, but no other major equipment. The class we geared toward "en plein air" printmaking, so a lot of the dry points or relief blocks and monotypes were made on location and taken back to the studio for printing. It was a very interesting class and I think the results were pretty interesting.

Drypoint printed with Akua Intaglio inks. The Akua ink is surprisingly thin, so at first I was a little worried, but it worked very well and left a beautiful plate tone. It also cleans up easily with nothing more than a damp rag. This particular plate is one that I had already used for another drypoint and then scraped back down to reuse.  I find the ghost information left in plates after you use them really interesting, and felt it lent a nice mood to this particular image.

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Jun. 4th, 2009


23 Sandy Gallery

 So. Amazing thing.
Most of you have already heard by now, but 23 Sandy Gallery, has decided I am worthy to grace their shelves.  I am not in a specific show there, in fact, what has happened is in many ways better.  The deluxe version of my book "The Traveler and the Bird-Maiden" with its letterpressed pages and painstakingly hand colored images is now living in their back room.  As in, it will be there until someone either buys it or many months if not years from now Laura gives up and says "I'm sorry I just can't sell this."  I have faith in my book and believe it will certainly be the former.  I believe this is known as representation.  By *the* book arts gallery in Portland.  So yeah, I feel pretty great about the whole thing.
Even better, it went into the display case the week before a big book arts related show "The Beautiful Book".  If you are in the Portland area I beg of you, go to the reception tomorrow evening.  Specifically, Friday June 5th from 6 to 9 pm.  Go. Look at the amazing artists they display.  Two Fine Chaps I babble about endlessly, but also on display will be many other amazing artists, Inge Bruggeman, Roberta Lavadour who talks about her work here and etc.  I am not in this show.  I am in the back room where the stuff that's not part of a temporary display is kept.  So go, look at amazing books. Drink a little wine.  And at some point in the evening, sneak into the back room and look at this thing I made that is somehow coexisting with books by people I hold in great esteem.  Go look at the proof that I am really, truly on my way to dreams made real.

Feb. 2nd, 2009

by dave b

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Shaenon and Andrew hosted an awesome Super Bowl Party tonight.  While I ate good food (Andrew made an excellent chili, Paul brought homemade cookies, etc.) and Andrew attempted to explain the rules to me we, as is want to happen at the Garrity-Farago residence began looking through old Disney concept art. Discussions of Mary Blair, Fantasia and etc ensued and pretty soon there were sketches of centaurs.
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Jan. 9th, 2009

by dave b

Quick and Dirty Coptic

A few days ago I got home very late at night with a desperate need to make a book. Unfortunately I'm at my mother's place and all my supplies are in SF. Instead of giving up I cobbled together what I could and got to work.
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Dec. 2nd, 2008

by dave b

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So, news.

First of all I finally have my website up. Much of it is still under construction, but hopefully there is enough art on it to satisfy anyone who cares to look, so please go check it out.

Second of all I would like to point everyone who may be reading this in the direction of Sequential Art Gallery where I will be participating in a group show opening Thursday, December 4th.  If you are in the Portland area anytime in December please go and take a look.  I'm afraid I'll be stuck in San Francisco for the opening reception (finals won't be trifled with it seems) but many of the other artists will be so you should be too.

(apologies to anyone seeing this twice, just trying to make sure I get the news out there)

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