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About Dean Russell Thompson

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

The Press at the Press (Part 1)

The single most important piece of equipment that a printmaker owns is their press. It is probably also the single most expensive piece of equipment and it may be the heaviest piece of equipment. If you have never been in a print studio though, it may be difficult to imagine what one of these beasties looks like. There are several different types [...]

Eyes Wide Open

I am often asked how I get my inspiration. The answer is actually pretty simple. I always have my eyes open. I have talked before about art for me being about seeing and deciding. Another way of saying this is that my art begins with acute observation. This occurs on two levels. It starts on the macro scale, and for [...]

Paper

I really like paper (big surprise there). I'm not really sure why, but there is an appeal a sheet of heavy art paper: no creases, no marks, the feathery edge from the deckle, the subtle textures of the surface. Perhaps I am feeling the latent possibilities.   The watermark of Rives BFK A mold made cotton paper   The dominant material in paper [...]

The Aesthetics of the Edge

I have always been fairly particular about the edges of the plate in my etchings.  When the image got to the point where it didn't need to go back in the etch again, I would pull out a file and clean the edges up.  First, long strokes perpendicular  to the face to make everything nice and straight.  Then cutting a [...]

Chop, chop!

Printmaking has long tradition of collaborative art.   When making an original print, there are two distinct roles: artist and printer.  For many printmakers these two roles are combined.  The artist is also the printer.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  High quality printing requires a lot of skill and often a significant investment in space and equipment. [...]

Looking in the mirror

I received (as usual) a number of art books as gifts from my family over the holiday.  They included exhibition catalogs, writings on the process of art, surveys of contemporary work and interviews with artists about their space and process. I have also had the chance to watch (or watch again) several episodes of the PBS series Art21, which looks [...]

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 [...]

More new work

I finally got busy this week and photographed several recent pieces. C44AC Color Woodcut - 2011 17 1/2" x 23 1/2" Copyright 2011, Dean Russell Thompson All rights reserved This is done from the same set of plates used to produce Tunnel Approach, which I wrote about earlier.  I do not often print the same plates in more than one [...]

Self Portrait

I think you can safely say that every artist has, at one time or another, created a self portrait.  It makes perfect sense: you can be sure that the model is always available and they are guaranteed to work cheap. When I think of self portraits, I always think of Rembrandt.  Perhaps it is because I am a printmaker and [...]

Multiple colors, one plate

When I am decomposing an image for a woodcut, I usually cut one plate per color.  There are exceptions to this of course.  I will occasionally print one plate more than once with different inks, but the one-per-color approach dominates. It doesn't have to be done that way, however. One approach to multiple colors from a plate is to go to [...]