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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 [...]

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 [...]

Punch Registration

Punch registration systems use a paper punch and registration pins to align paper and plates. I have experimented with this kind of system in the past, but I like to maintain the deckle edges on my paper, so the idea of trimming off the punches after printing did not hold a lot of appeal. On my most recent woodcut, I [...]

Northern Pacific

I completed a new edition today. Northern Pacific is an image of a railroad drawbridge, in the raised position, near the Port of Seattle. It is a three plate color woodcut. All three plates are 1/2" MDF, sealed with shellac, a thin coat of acrylic gesso and then a second coat of shellac applied after cutting. It is printed on [...]

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 [...]

Juggling

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 [...]

Making a Save

One of the thinks that I love about prints is the malleability of the medium. When you are working on an image, you can change it in so many ways... you can add or remove plates, you can rework plates (some processes adapt to this more readily than others), you can change colors, you can change print order, etc. Each [...]

How much wood can a wood cutter cut?

I am currently working on a new large scale woodcut. I spent the day today cutting the second of three plates (second in the print order, that is). I wish I could say it was peaceful. Some of these large plates are cut in cabinet grade hardwood plywood. I cut these with a variety of gouges and skew chisels. Today, [...]

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 [...]