More spattering…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s elephant in the room is the one wearing the Rupert Murdoch mask.

Yes, I have been doing some more of that spattering…
I started all this malarkey back a month or two ago (Spatter) and I’m still at it. Spattering really is quite addictive. It’s great, you just chuck some nice coloured paint about, poke it around a bit should you feel the urge, let it dry and then try to flatten the paper out – as the paper gets wet only in parts it does tend to cockle pretty dramatically as it dries. Then when you have it reasonably flat you can spend an afternoon with the TV on, or with some music playing, going carefully around the edges of the shapes with a black drawing pen – I like the Rotring Tikki Graphic myself – writer’s cramp can be a problem when there’s a lot of it to do though… Here’s one of my recent spatterings:

Spatter 7 (26 x 19)Spatter No. 7.  2015. Acrylic paint and black ink on watercolour paper, 26″ x 19″.

As you can see there was a lot of fine high velocity spatter (as they say in those TV real-life forensic crime series) around the edges, tiny specks of colour all to be outlined carefully – a slow business, but great fun. I was listening to the sound from that cheesy 1960s TV science fiction series The Invaders at the time. It’s funny how looking at an image later can take you back to the mood of the thing you were listening to at the time of creating it… Will those aliens take over the Earth, or will plucky David Vincent get it all sorted out for us?…
So what do you think? It’s not really great art is it? It’s sort of impressive, but meaningless – or is it?… But I think people might like to look at it for a few minutes, which about all you can expect. It’s a bit like those decalcomania prints that I do – letting nature and randomness run free with just a little sneaky control from the artist… to make it perhaps a bit ‘nicer’. What writhing jumping beasts do you see, my dear reader?…


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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