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Cat and Canary

The Thrill of a Trip; Paco Was Pleasant

In the summer of 1985 Mike and I did a six-week trip from our home in Granada to Belgrade and back, visiting a few hundred hotels in Greece, Austria and Yugoslavia along the way. Mike was European editor of a hotel guide in those days. We had a new car, which was also an incentive for the trip. This was one of the few times that we rented our house while we were traveling. Paco, the Granada jeweler and his family who rented it seemed competent and pleasant people.

Everything seemed in order. Nevertheless, every single day on that trip I expressed my concern about our canary. Would those nice people feed it and water it regularly? Would they hang the cage in the shade, out of the reach of the cats? It was my constant concern and Mike got frankly bored with me mentioning it every day. (more…)

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Maureen's best-loved dog, Chichirriqui

Our best-loved dog was a magical toy-terrier bitch, one of the first after our changeover from big breeds (great danes, and Spanish mastiffs) to little ones (pekes, yorkie crosses, shih tsu halfbreeds). I never fully forgave Mike for naming her Chichirriqui. He thought it was a playful name. I thought it was disrespectful for such a serious little person as Chichi, who could sit on a chair with her chin on the table and keep everybody enchanted just by cocking her head, flashing her eyes and flicking her ears first in one direction, then another. She was a delightful little one-dog circus with a wide repertory of such techniques for keeping people’s attention properly centered on her: bundy jumps, pa’ ca pa’ yas, spin arounds and shivers. (more…)

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Anglo-Spanish master printmaker, Maureen Booth, in her Granada studioI’ve just added two new videos to my Printmaking Master Classes collection of printmaking tutorials for download.

Recorded in my studio in Granada, they are:

  • Traditional Printmaking 2–This is the follow up to Traditional Printmaking 1, and discusses aquatint, sugar lift and marbling techniques.
  • Printmaking Tips–This is a collection of shortcuts, safety measures, ways of economizing and working more efficiently. Taken together they should make your studio experience more pleasant and productive.

You can find previews and order links for these new videos here on the Printmaking Master Classes site.

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Maureen Booth is the master printmaker who has published what some fine-art-printmaking insiders consider to be the finest printmaking tutorials on the Web. She affirms, “Making videos is like making prints. The process is essentially the same. You just try to do it better every time.”

Q/ How did you happen to embark on this printmaking-learning-videos project, Maureen? Did you have sponsorship or institutional backing of some sort?
A/ Something of that sort would have been nice, but instead of growing old waiting for it to happen, video producer, Juan Carlos Romera, and I planned and executed the whole thing ourselves, and my husband, Mike, is doing the Internet promotion. The Printmaking Master Classes project was actually Juan Carlos’s idea. He’s been fascinated with etching ever since we shot some scenes of his short film, “Bive,” in my studio seven or eight years ago. That was my first experience in front of a camera. I played an English printmaker who falls in love with a Spanish fisherman. (more…)

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Granada-based master printmaker, Maureen Booth, announces her new Printmaking Master Classes line of printmaking learning videos, now available for download. (More info here.)

Shooting the Printmaking Master Classes videos in Maureen's studioGranada, Spain, September 6, 2011—A British-born fine-art printmaker who has lived two thirds of her life in Spain has just launched a new series of printmaking tutorial videos. She calls them her Printmaking Master Classes and with them hopes to help fine-art printmakers “take their printmaking skills to the next level.”

Maureen Booth is well known in international printmaking circles, both as co-founder of the World Printmakers printmaking-resource site and as an artist, educator and art activist. “These new learning videos are just a continuation of the teaching I’ve done during most of my life as a printmaking professional,” says Maureen. “Since inaugurating my Gallinero artists’ residence a year and a half ago, and working with printmakers from all over the world, I’ve become aware of what today’s artists are looking for and what they need in terms of techniques and skills. Thanks to this video project designed by Spanish video producer Juan Carlos Romera, artists from all over the world now have access to my printmaking workshops. I find that very exciting.” (more…)

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