My husband decided to come along for the ride and since the first workshop started at 9 Saturday morning, we decided to head over Friday evening and enjoy dinner on the island. Boarding a ferry out of New London, we made our way over "moderate seas" to Long Island. I'm not a fan of boats but was confident the boat ride would be worth the trip. I wasn't disappointed.
|Arriving in Long Island. Two more ferry rides to go before we get to the South Fork.|
|Processing the exposed plate.|
Dan covered the entire process: the numerous ways of creating images for and directly on the plates, exposure options, inking and printing.
|Rinsing a deeply "bitten" plate.|
Each participant came prepared with sketchbooks, drawings, transparencies and enthusiasm. By the time the workshop was over, everyone had a finished print or two.
|Solarplate ready to be hardened in the sun.|
I was also pleased to find that the early morning session had only four participants; providing everyone with more room to spread out and work and lots of individual attention.
|Adding texture to a sheet of glass using carborundum grits.|
|Using a squeegee blade to apply ink.|
|Plate held in place with a magnetic sheet.|
|A mixture of oil based ink and Akua Intaglio ink used to ink plates.|
|Using a brush to ink a deeply embossed plate.|
|Lining up second plate for a two color print.|
|My print being pulled from the plate.|
|My finished print.|
When the workshop was finished Dan graciously offered to take us on a tour of his home; a fantastic post and beam structure he designed.
Entering through the front door, you're greeted by an expansive open space, which immediately takes your breath away. A large soapstone stove in the center of the main floor provides heat and was the perfect place to lean your back against for a little heat therapy.
There was something to catch your attention no matter where you looked! A genuine feast for the eyes: amazing wood craftsmanship, artwork, all sorts of collectibles, interesting found items, and personal touches like his dad's fire helmet sitting on a mantel.
The post and beam construction was stunning. Actual branches stood in for traditional balusters in the railings adding a touch of whimsy.
Dan's painting studio occupies a third level loft area.
|View from above.|
Dan Welden's reputation as a great guy is well deserved. He generously shares his time and expertise with students and printmakers throughout the world and I consider myself very lucky to have worked with him for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the creative environment in which he lives works.
Thank you Dan!!