Letting things develop

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Letting things develop

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.

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.
Cubic Feet
Color Woodcut – 2011
12 7/8 x 19 1/8
Edition of 18
Copyright 2011, Dean Russell Thompson
All Rights Reserved

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Dean Russell Thompson is an Artist and Printmaker working in Loveland, CO.