As the saying goes: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but often times better than a master of one.” I like to experiment in many creative forms, professionally as a software engineer and for fun I have experimented with Photography, Pottery, Writing (prose and poetry). My current big experiment is Printmaking. I am the owner of D.M. Penny Press, a printmaking studio in Manchester NH. The studio has been in operation since 2015 and I do offer limited memberships for experienced prinkmakers looking for access to a press and other equipment. If interested see the membership info on the web page.
This is a block print of my minature schnauzer, Misty, we were cleaning the kitchen floor, and didn't want her getting in the way, so we gated her in the family room. While we were cleaning she was watching us. She just had the expression "I didn't do it". I took a photo, drew the image on a sheet of soft linoleum, and started cutting away. Misty has passed, luckily I captured this memory.
In a block print, the part of the image that is cut-away is not printed. Using a brayer, a smaller rubber roller, ink that has been spread on sheet of glass is transferred to the roller, which is then transfered to the surface of the linoleum. Once a sufficient amount of ink has been rolled onto the plate, a sheet of paper is placed on top, and then run through a press, with sufficient pressure to transfer the image to the paper. Repeating the process allows multiple prints to be made for a single plate.