I finished a new print today, one that has been in the queue for some time. I first started playing with the image in September of 2008. I worked on it on and off for a couple of months, and then put it on the back burner. Somehow, it just wasn’t coming together for me.
Letting things develop
Over the next three years I would pull it up occasionally and fiddle with it. I never seemed to get it to the point where I was satisfied. In fact, I had not even decided for sure on the process I was going to use. Then a couple of weeks ago, everything fell into place. I knew what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. The image progressed nicely after that and I was able to move it to completion with no further road blocks.
Not every image requires this kind of percolation time, but this one did. I have also found that the images that I have tried to push to completion before I was ready were the ones where the print failed and never got editioned. For me at least, pushing too hard is a mistake. It will come together eventually. Or it won’t and I will not have wasted too much time on it.
Color Woodcut – 2011
12 7/8 x 19 1/8
Edition of 18
Copyright 2011, Dean Russell Thompson
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