What a great weekend retreat! Three days of learning and creating is good for the soul.
I learned how to create a solar plate by exposing a film positive in a special light box (timing is everything!) I refreshed my memory on how to ink and print an etching (clean the edges of the plate and clean your hands!) I enjoyed the camaraderie of working with and learning from other professional printmakers (how did you do that??)
And I was inspired to take this new technique into my studio and play with new ways of image making and layering. This photo shows a combination print of a large monoprint, layered with my solar plate etching. The solar plates are so thin that you can layer both plates at the same time on the press.
Big thanks to my generous and talented teacher, Rosemary Cooley, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. I look forward to taking another class there!