|Koinobori outside Boy Fish Press|
|New Mexico's famous blue skies|
|Lunch break under the umbrellas|
|Dan demonstrating graining the glass by hand.|
|My glass drawing and my first solarplate.|
|The first proof.|
|My prepared plate, notebook, and drawing stick.|
Tuesday, July 24th: Echo Canyon
|Check out the colors of the cliffs.|
|Natural amphitheater formation.|
|Stunning rock formations!|
|These rocks are more angular than the rest.|
|Under the amphitheater.|
Wow, what a beautiful place to make art! The legend of Echo Amphitheater states that the red drips were caused by the blood of settlers killed by the Diné in 1861. A few years later, ten Diné men were killed by the US Army during The Long Walk in the same spot. I thought it was natural iron from the sandstone; however, I like the blood story better though, assuming it's true.
I also had a perfect view of Cerro Pedernal, the mesa Georgia O'Keeffe made famous in many paintings. She asked that her ashes be spread there when she died.
We did a drawing exercise that involved something similar to contour drawing only this time, we had to walk through the landscape at Echo Canyon. We drew on our plates with our sticks into the thick black ink. Then we exposed the plates, cleaned them off and developed them on-site. The resulting relief etch was so tactile and sensual, I wanted to go back to the studio and print them immediately, but we spent more time exploring, even stopping at Ghost Ranch, Bode's, and a fruit stand on the way back. Dan would do a printing demo tomorrow. What an amazing day!
|Dan showing how to develop the plates.|
|Check it out!|
|Two student's plates developing in the sun.|
|Post-exposing my plate on the bear-proof trash can.|
|The fruit stand had more than fruit and chile ristras!|
|Giant peeps and religious candles at the fruit stand.|
Look for Printmaking in Santa Fe, part 2 in a day or two!