Spatter Painting No. 28…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for money to take on a life of its own and wipe out all the humans from the face of the planet…

Hey you! Look out!… Stand well back, don’t get splashed!…

Spatter 28 (29 x 21)
Ah, it’s a very messy business doing these things, sorry about your shoes…
This is Spatter Painting No. 28 (2016). This work is in acrylic paint and ink (A Rotring Tikki drawing pen, what a silly, but cute name!) on thick white watercolour paper about 29″ x 21″.
How might one describe this piece? Should one need to describe it? No, one shouldn’t, but I do feel obliged to say something, rather than leave a lot of blank page below the picture.
It’s quite ‘directional’ isn’t it? One might say ‘thrusting’. If it is ‘thrusting’, it’s definitely thrusting upwards from left to right.
What makes it for me though, are the rivulets.
‘The rivulets?…’
Yes, those linear streams of paint that have run down from the main spatter puddles…
‘Spatter puddles?’
…in the general direction of the left hand corner; I like the way they are not too straight and seem to be going off on wayward whims of their own.
‘Wayward whims Dave?…’

A photographic note:
I still haven’t managed to work out the best way to photograph these things. The problem is that of a dense image on bright white paper. Any slight unevenness in the lighting shows up, making part of the white paper look grey – see, at the top of the painting. The unevenness isn’t noticeable to the eye at the time, but the camera picks it up very well. I could probably learn how to Photoshop the image in some clever way to correct this, but at present, dear reader, it will have to do as it is…

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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5 Responses to Spatter Painting No. 28…

  1. I like the roundness of the shapes – did you have a cup of tea standing there when you decided to throw some colour around? Oh, and is very good for getting the colour blance right. Click on the express bit – really simple to use.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      For this one I masked out parts of the paper by standing a pie dish and a rectangle of plywood on it (the paper being horizontal of course). Ah, it’s not the colour balance, but the light conditions when the picture is taken. I have photoshop – that should be able to do the job, when I figure it out.

  2. * BALance, not blance. Jeez, where was the spellcheck??!

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