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 dry point etching done on a sheet of plexiglass. Living in NH we do a lot of hiking, in the spring time, as the snow is receding, and the days are getting warmer, these vernal pools fill the low points of the forest floor. This image is based on a picture I took late in the afternoon, with the sun setting through the trees. There was a nice silhouette of the trees and their reflection in the vernal pool.
In a dry point etch, a very pointy and sharp needle is used to scratch into the material, this may be a copper plate, plexiglass, lexon or any other smooth material that will allow a line to be incised. When incising a line into the material, a small burr or rough edge is left along the edge of the line. To make the print, the entire plate is inked, then the excessed ink is wipe away, leaving ink in the incised lines, and that captured in the burr. It is the ink captured in the burr that give the image the deeper tonal qualities. Unfortunately, the number of prints that can be made is limited. With each inking and wiping, some of the burr is removed. So from time to time, the plate needs to be re-scratched, but this obviously cannot be done indefinitely.