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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Failure is always an option

In the movie Apollo 13, Gene Kranz, the Flight Director, asserts that "Failure is not an option!". It isn't clear whether he actually said that, but he certainly believed it.For me, as an artist, the opposite is true. Failure is always an option. I was working on a plate for a new print this afternoon, which was actually going quite [...]

New work

I have been busy in the studio recently and am finally getting caught up on photographing my work. The processes used in these prints vary, but they all are 'Unseen Landscapes' of the modern world. West to Memphis - 2009 Color Woodcut on Rives BFK 14.75" x 34" (22" x 30" paper) Edition of 6 Copyright 2009, Dean Russell Thompson [...]

Dimensional Stability

I was reminded the other day of the challenges presented by working with paper. Frankly, it was a reminder I would have lived without, but I guess it was good for me. The fundamental problem is this: paper changes size. Painters have the same problem to an extent. The cotton or linen substrate that they paint on absorbs moisture from [...]

Non-toxic printmaking

Green is the thing these days. Many artists are concerned with the toxicity of their materials. With good reason. In years past, many artists poisoned themselves with lead, cadmium, dust or solvents. The manipulation of plates and stones has the potential to expose printmakers to more than their fair share of nasty stuff.As a result, many printmakers are switching to [...]