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 [...]


I have been trying to concentrate on improving my productivity in the studio of late. Part of the problem is that there are so many other things that demand my attention. Work on the studio itself, business related issues, submissions, Jack the studio dog... It is hard not to succumb to the 'tyranny of the urgent'. Jack the studio dog [...]

More on wiping intaglio

Back in January I talked a bit about hand wiping intaglio plates. I have continued to use this approach and, like most things you practice, have gotten better at it. I was pulling a proof of a new engraving on acrylic in the studio today. The first photo shows the plate after it was wiped with the tarlatan. The objective [...]

Wiping Intaglio

I have recently begun to hand wipe my intaglio plates.For those not familiar with the intaglio processes, in an intaglio print, the image areas are recessed below the surface of the plate. This can be done with acid (or electricity, more on that another time) for an etching or aquatint, by scratching mechanically (drypoint), or by carving yielding an engraving [...]

Decisions, Decisions

When you get right down to it, being an artist is about seeing and about deciding. A work of art becomes interesting when it helps us see something about the world in a new way. Thus an artist must be a keen observer. They must be able to see shapes, values, colors, movement and textures. Sometimes this is in the [...]


I spent most of the day today printing an edition of the engraving I did earlier in the week. Editioning is an essential part of the art of printmaking. The idea is to make each print as nearly identical as possible. The edition begins with the bon à tirer (from French for 'good to pull'). This is a proof that [...]

In the zone

I spent most of the day in the studio today working on a new engraving. It is just a little thing (4.25 high x 2.625 wide) but on the whole a satisfying experience. Maybe I just like pain, but I enjoy engraving. For those of you who are not printmakers, engraving is done with a tool called a burin. It has a [...]

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