Sculpture on the bench…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s joke is the one about the two eggs chatting in a bar when the subject of omelettes comes up in conversation. Oh how we smirked behind our hands!
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‘What’s all this then Dave?’
Yes… recently I’ve been filling my days with a bit of sculpture making. On the right you can’t really miss that serpentine lady with the rather piercing eyes – she is standing patiently waiting for her high temperature matt black paint to dry.
‘Why ‘high temperature’ paint Dave?’, I hear you ask. Oh, well of course it doesn’t need to be high temperature paint at all, it’s just that this paint comes in handy small tins, is very quick drying, and is cellulose based, whereas all the other matt black paints seem to be water-based these days, and would, I think, raise the grain on the wood somewhat. Also, because the wood I am using is reclaimed hardwood from a friend’s old kitchen worktop, it is a little bit on the oily side (it has probably seen quite lot of expensive olive oil dripped onto it over the years) and probably wouldn’t take water-based paint very well.
‘But Dave why do you use paint anyway? Why not show the beauty of the natural wood as God intended?’ Well, I did think of leaving the wood grain showing, but when the sculpture was more or less finished the look of the grain detracted from the form of the thing, I was a bit disappointed by it – it really does look much better black – I assure you!
‘What’s that smaller black thing towards the back of the bench then? It’s got a little cut-out cardboard man next to it.’ Oh, that’s the first sculpture in the series that I finished last week. I put the little man next to it to give the impression of the work being perhaps five or six metres tall and made of bronze. This is for when the world finally recognises my genius and I get regular commissions for monumental works to go in public spaces in New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Sydney, Edinburgh, Paris… Sorry what were you saying? Oh, yes, just think of these pieces as maquettes for full size versions in the future…
‘And on the left?’
Ah, that’s the current one, just started yesterday – dynamic isn’t it? – it might end up looking like the drawing on that piece of paper on the bench in the centre, or it might not… Nothing is set in stone at this point… Actually just talking about it has got me all enthused! – I’m going to stop typing this tosh and go downstairs, put the radio on, and start a bit of chiselling…

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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6 Responses to Sculpture on the bench…

  1. Must ask Partner for his view on matt black and various types of paint, in which annoyingly, he is an expert. So you need to wait for an informed comment from me, but as you are chiselling does it matter?

  2. Priya says:

    Though I like the look of natural wood, I agree the black paint looks much better here. Especially since you’ve painted so well. I’d had splotched the whole thing and made a mess of it…

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Dear Ms Splotch, I thought that you might be a ‘Beauty of the Natural Wood’ sort of person. Actually matt black paint is very forgiving of the sloppy painter… it doesn’t of course catch the light to show the runs &c…

      • Priya says:

        I could use such a paint, then. I like painting old wooden boxes. Matt as background, and acrylic for the design. Someday I’ll find the time…

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Water-based paint is best and doesn’t give off horrible fumes. Here they do a water-based matt black that can be used outdoors on Tudor beams, iron railings, &c…It is very good and hard wearing.
        Hop you are keeping well my dear!

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