But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s weather is grey ash with swirly blue and white marbles dropped into it.

Excuses for being late. No.93.
I’m sorry I’m late, but a fellow philuminist I met on the street, kept me talking.

I went out for a walk on Christmas day. The sky was sparkling and clear because all the industry and business had shut down for the holiday.
Gosh, skies must have been like that all the time for thousands of years before we started pumping shit into them…

Oh look, there’s Robert Downey Jr. sitting in a cafe in Hull city centre. He looks pretty downcast and miserable – still, I suppose anyone being used to Hollywood would be rather grumpy finding themselves here… He didn’t seem to be even touching his Belgian chocolate brownie…

The best line in the film ‘Carry On Teacher’ (1959):
Someone whispering advice from the wings to an actor on stage in a Shakespeare play, ‘Toy with your dirk… toy with your dirk…’

A single overheard remark:
‘Yes, he used to like to watch Funny Girl…’

‘Yes Son?’
‘Give me a bit of good advice for my life ahead…’
‘Mm… all right then… You can’t go far wrong if you assume that everyone is totally self-centred, greedy, and not very bright.’
‘Thanks Dad, I’ll remember that…’

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I happened to see David Hockney’s massive painting, ‘Bigger Trees Near Warter’ twice.
Half a view, perhaps a glimpse, would have been plenty…
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I think that the reason that the ancient religious people made their cathedrals so big was that they wanted to have a lot of echo and reverberation on their sound in order to impress and scare their congregations. If only they’d had digital echo and delay units back then they could have made do with much smaller and cheaper buildings.

It is optimism that eventually makes us miserable, and the resulting misery that makes art.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to Observations…

  1. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Perhaps. But optimism is the thing that keeps us going in spite of the pessimism that tries to wedge its way back in. Or is just best not to hold optimism up to too bright a light?

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