It’s decalcomania time again…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine 16th c. English expletive is ‘Malt-worm!’ – a name for a drunkard, a frequenter of alehouses.

Wha!… What the hell?… No, no, it’s alright, it’s just another of my decalcomania prints from a few years back. This one is in black acrylic paint, with added pencil, on white drawing paper; it is probably about 16″ x 12″in size.
‘Decalcomania? What in heaven’s name is that Dave?…’ I hear you ask.
Well, it is a technique that those old-time surrealists used to mess about with in the early 20th c.; a kind of simple ‘slap it about’ form of mono-printing. If you’d like to know how I do decalcomania, you could click here and have a look at an earlier (rather popular) post of mine on the subject, which I hope will explain all.

This one is quite ‘figurative’, isn’t it? Although how the image turns out is always a surprise (Mother Nature wields a very heavy hand in this art form), you can experiment and attempt to predict and control the shapes that appear. Here we have… Just what do we have?…

Is that a human on the left, or is it some sort of beast? He certainly has a very fishy sort of head, but just look at his posture; I’m sure he must have attended drama school at some time in his life; he looks like a minor character in Hamlet or the Scottish Play… Perhaps he is saying, ‘I prithy desist my good sir…’ in a clear and penetrating cut glass English accent. The chap on the right is taken aback by this unexpected outburst and has completely gone to pieces; he is unsure as to how to respond, poor thing. Oh, dear… I’m not sure I like the look of that thing he has dangling down at the front though… Still, it’s all very dramatic, don’t you think?… Me, I’d pay good money to see a play like this…

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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