Archive for the ‘Maureen’s Work’ Category

A Fun-and-Easy Show in Our Village This Summer

I’ve been invited to exhibit during the Semana Cultural (Cultural Week) runup to our  village’s summer fete. I’ll be showing a good friend from here, Inma López. We inaugurate the show on Sunday, the 29th of July and it’s on through the month of August. I haven’t exhibited in a long time but this time it’s like everything else in our pueblo, friendly, fun and easy. The town hall installed beautiful new lighting in the exhibition space and came up to the house with a truck to pick up my work.

Here are the pictures Mike made for my part the catalog, along with some of Inma and me after the hanging. She’s a great person to work with. More than 30 years ago, when I was giving outdoor painting classes to the kids in the village, she was one of the participants–at the age of 14.

See you there if you can make it. If not, Mike will make some pictures at the inauguration and post them here.



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The "Printmaking Master Classes" videos in the making“Expert:” A Stranger with a Briefcase

An expert recommended that I start building a serious list of followers–people who sign up to receive the odd newsletter and updates of my sites. He said it was easy to implement; just look it up on Google. So I went to our old friend Google where I found mainly:

Information on “full-service” email marketing companies offering a lot of services I didn’t need at prices that would make your nose bleed.

Free apps for creating pages to gather email addresses. All you have to do is fill in a longish form, then hit a magic button and–Shazam!–the app creates a fully-functional page for you. The problem is that the page it created looked like one of thousands out there selling hair restorers and snake-oil remedies for biliousness. You know, all red and yellow, brash and tasteless with lots of text in capital letters. This clearly wouldn’t do.

To Thank You for Your Loyalty: A Free Learning Video

So I decided to invent my own low-tech solution, at least until something better comes along. So, if you would like to be notified whenever this site is updated or I get inspired to send a newsletter, just drop me an email with your name and email address. To thank you for your loyalty I’ll send you back a link where you can access the Printmaking Tips video from my Printmaking Master Classes series of tutorials.

P.S. I promise I won’t sell or share your email address with anybody.

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River walk

It’s been such a busy and challenging autumn here that it feels luxurious just to have the time to sit down by the fire and tell you about it. After pulling an edition of 150 prints for a Malaga artist in August I devoted the month of September to a particularly rewarding Australian artist–and person–who prefers to remain anonymous. After two weeks of wonderful collaborative printmaking together her husband joined her in the Gallinero. Their plan was to tour around Andalusia: Cordoba, Seville, the Costa del Sol, the Picasso Museum in Malaga, etc.

boar family GranadaIn the end they decided to stay in the Gallinero and visit Granada thoroughly. They found so much to do and so many good things to eat and drink that they never escaped from Granada. We introduced them to our favorite tapas bar–possibly the world’s finest–and they fell under its spell, going back there for lunch most days. They even discovered things in Granada that we didn’t know about, such as the new intimate little Flamenco Theater on the Cuesta Gomerez, the steep street that runs from Plaza Nueva up to the Alhambra. Before their stay was over they were joined by their son and daughter-in-law with their two delightful little girls. The son is a runner/climber and while everyone else was having their siesta one day he took the older of the girls Spanish ibex Granada(9) up to the top of the mountain behind our house where they surprised a mother jabali (wild boar) and a flock of piglets. The following day they crossed the river and went up the opposite side of our valley and spotted a herd of mountain goats (cabras montesas, the Spanish ibex).

A week before the charming Australians left I got a wholesale order for prints and Rodrigo, my assistant, had just left for Argentina where he had inherited a house. Luckily a willing and talented friend, María José Braojos (wife of Juan Carlos Romera, the video producer who did all of my videos) stepped in and starting inking plates like a professional. We were ticking over nicely when Mike, who had been feeling run down, went to the University Hospital in Granada for some tests. As soon as the cardiologist saw the results he said, “Miguel, it looks as if we’re going to be keeping you here till we can schedule a date to operate.”

Five days later Mike had a triple bypass and a week later he was back home. “Everything in the hospital was perfect,” he said, “a painless experience like watching a documentary with me in it.” He’s recovering nicely, back at work for a couple of weeks now and walking a bit farther every day. Speaking of “work,” how long since you’ve looked at his online magazine about Spain? Here’s a link: ¡Alegria! The Joy of Spanish Living.

MuniraA couple of weeks ago I was invited by Munira Mendonça, an amazing leather craftswoman from California, to mount a permanent exhibit of prints in her leather boutique, Munira, in Plaza Nueva, the swankiest gift shop in Granada. I dropped the work off a couple of days ago and it looks pretty good in that old-bricks-and-beams setting highlighted by a 300-year-old stone fountain.

Let’s see what else is new. Oh, it snowed last week and it looks like more this week. They’re talking about opening the ski area early this year. (That snow is 4,000 feet above us. Down here the pomegranates (granadas) are bursting, the persimmons are turning red, the poplars along the river are forming a golden chain, and the new wine is bubbling in the barrels.)  And, how could I forget, Nuevo Inicio (New Beginning), the publishing arm of the Archbishopric of Granada has just brought out a book for modern women entitled Get Married and Be Submissive, which I’m sure is destined to be a universal best seller.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to hosting Mary Majerisson from Italy after Christmas and then Cathy Naro from Chicago and Lorna Ryan Burden from Melbourne and along with their husbands, Mike and Roger, next spring, the third visit for both of them. I love it when email correspondence turns into friendships!

Here’s what we’ve been listening to: http://youtu.be/Dpylr2H7h7E

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Australian artist Jini Grinwald was the inspiration for this print. She saw some flamenco dance drawings in my sketchbook and said, “This one would make a lovely liquid-metal print…” See whether you agree:

Maureen Booth's Granada flamenco print

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The good news from here is that I’ve finally gotten my main website back after it was attacked by a malware virus. In the end Mike had to erase the site completely and restore it from the backup. (So if you find any blank images or broken links, please be patient.)

The new image is one of a series of solarplate prints that I am editing for the Madrid artist, Fran Ramírez. Fran does wonderful work, starkly Spanish and subtly suggestive at the same time. This is one of my favorites. It’s printed on a wonderful white Japanese paper that he selected.



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Juan Carlos with his assistant director, MarioOur video/cineasta friend, Juan Carlos Romera, has taken advantage of the new YouTube service to upload the complete version of “Bive,” a 38-minute short film that he made in 2005. In that film I play “Maureen,” an English printmaker who falls in love with a Spanish fisherman. The film is essentially about the storm it causes in a little fishing village on the coast of Almería province.

We had such a great time doing it that I decided that in my next encarnation I want to be an actress. Here’s the link to see it (for free) on the off chance that you might find it amusing:

Mike did a story on the making of “Bive” (Printmaking Makes the Movies) and published it here on World Printmakers.

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Mauren and Jini Grinwald pulling a printThanks to an exclusive new service from the world’s leading video site artists can now access my printmaking tutorials–formerly available only via download–on YouTube. So they (you) will no longer have to go through the download process. All you need to do is click on a link and start watching them immediately in streaming video, with excellent image quality even in full-screen mode.

Sound interesting? Follow this link.

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Maureen paints in what little spare time she can find.

Maureen Booth, Master Printmaker

Fine-Art Printmaking as Cottage Industry

Maureen converted a stone cottage in Spain into an international fine-art-printmaking business. It took her 34 years and an Internet connection.

Granada, Spain, September, 2012—When artist Maureen Booth moved with her husband and two children to an Andalusian village 40 years ago, fleeing from a suburban British all-mod-cons existence, they were seeking a simple, authentic lifestyle. They didn’t have a car, a television, a washing machine or a phone.

Today Maureen reigns over a multi-faceted fine-art-print operation which spans the world. “The changes weren’t really that complicated,” says Maureen, “keeping in mind that they took place over a long period of time. They were driven by a combination of curiosity and the creative restlessness the Spanish call “inquietud.” Beyond that it was just a logical evolution from painting to printmaking and, of course, an Internet connection.

Maureen’s “evolution” has taken her from a little painting studio in a converted goatshed to the international etching studio of the Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation in Granada where, at the end of the 70s, she was selected on the basis of her drawings to spend three years studying printmaking. When the foundation closed Maureen bought one of their etching presses and set up her own printmaking studio at the bottom of her garden.

There followed years of making prints, editing her own and other artists’ work and running printmaking workshops in her studio and other places around Europe. Today she creates highly-personal hand-pulled fine-art prints in limited editions on a variety of exquisite handmade papers. (All of Maureen’s work is original; she does no digital copies.) She has also had time to raise three children and exhibit her work worldwide. Three years ago she converted a onetime chicken house into a rustic apartment for artists who come to do workshops in her studio. Word spread and her Gallinero (Chicken Coop) residence was soon well booked by artists from more than a dozen countries who come to participate in Maureen’s workstyle and lifestyle. Her latest initiative, started last summer, is Printmaking Master Classes, a collection of printmaking tutorial videos for download.

“Ironically,” says Maureen, “it was Internet that made my recent projects possible. I say ‘ironically’ because in 1999 when my husband Mike offered to make me a website I replied, ‘What for? I’m an artist.’ How little I knew then! Today I’ve got a website and two blogs of my own, plus participating in a half dozen other sites. It was through Internet that I got my first international print commission, a print of the Torre del Oro in Seville for a California medical association that was holding a convention there. The commission was concluded in a single afternoon exchanging three or four emails. I’m still amazed.

It was also through Internet that artists began to come from abroad for my workshops and collaborative work in printmaking. It is so rewarding for me to work with print artists from far-off places. They’ve made me realize that printmakers form a fellowship that knows nothing of national boundaries. It’s as if they were all from the same place with the same concerns and aspirations.

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Artist's book homage to Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani

This artist’s book is an homage to Nizar Qabbani, the Syrian poet and diplomat (Damascus, March 21, 1923 – London, April 30, 1998). The prints are illustrations for a series of love poems from his book, “On Entering the Sea, the Erotic and Other Poetry of Nizar Qabbani,” English translation Interlink Books, 1996.

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