Cutting a plate

I thought I would post a video today showing the process I use to cut a plate for a woodcut.  The print in question here is a two plate, pseudo reduction print.  The image is one I was reworking on a smaller scale from a previous print.  I talked about the logic behind that here. The plate material here is [...]

Decorative vs ?

When I was in art school, the most dismissive thing that could be said during a critique was that the work was 'decorative'.  No one ever really explained exactly what this meant, but it was clear that this 'decorative art', no matter how well executed, was always going to be a lesser art, subservient somehow to the real thing.'Real Art', [...]

Choosing Colors

I recently had a conversation with another artist about choosing colors.  My woodcuts tend to have fairly simple color schemes, (2-5 colors), so the color choice is important.  Perhaps surprisingly though, those decisions tend to happen fairly late in the process.  For much of the time that I am working on an image, I am treating it as a greyscale image, [...]

Tunnel Approach

A while back I discussed the notion of revisiting an idea.  Today I completed printing an edition where I did just that.  Here is the original:   Moffett, Eastbound 2007 Color Woodcut 40" x 54" Image Copyright 2007, Dean Russell Thompson All Rights Reserved This is a pretty successful print.  I have been able to show it several times and, [...]

No Services

I recently completed a new woodcut. It has four plates which are cut in a pseudo-reduction fashion. Three of the plates are 1/2" MDF and the fourth is 1/2" CDX Plywood. The MDF is sealed with shellac and a thin coat of acrylic gesso. The plywood plate is sealed with shellac only. All plates receive an additional seal coat after [...]

The confounding world of Digital Color

Artists need to photograph their work. In the modern world of digital cameras and printers, what could be easier? Take that piece outside, lean it up against the wall and pull out the old 'point and shoot' camera (or even your iPhone) and snap away. When you download the image and pull it up on the monitor, you discover that [...]

Revisiting an idea

I once had a art professor comment to me that most artists (student artists in this particular case) give up on an idea too quickly. I think that is some truth in that. While there are certainly many who take a particular idea and beat it to death with infinitesimal variations, (and many dealers who encourage it) there is a [...]

The Collaborative Art

I work alone most days. This is not really by choice, so much as by circumstance. Unlike many printmakers, I am fortunate enough to have my own studio. This has some distinct advantages (things stay pretty clean and if they don't I have no one to blame but myself) but there are also some drawbacks. When I was in art [...]

East 18th

I have just completed editioning a new 4 plate woodcut. The image is derived from a fire escape on a building in central Denver. Nothing particularly unusual, but, like many things it caught my eye. Each of the plates is 1/2" MDF. The plate is primed with a layer of cut shellac, then a thin layer of acrylic gesso. There [...]

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