Look out, here comes another spatter!…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly word with far too many ‘k’s in it is knickknacks. I’m always surprised when the spell checker thinks it’s alright, but I’ll bet it still feels a bit uncomfortable letting it through un-highlighted.

Spatter 27 (29 x 21)Spatter Painting No. 27. Acrylic paint and black ink on thick Bockingford watercolour paper 29″ x 21″.

Oops! Sorry! I hope that didn’t splash onto your shoes – oh, is that a speck of red on your crisp white shirt? Do take it off, I’ll give it a quick scrub in the kitchen sink…
No, but really, this is just another of those ‘spatter’ things I did a while back. There’s a lot of movement in it isn’t there? You could see it in two ways – the rivulets (oh, love that word!) of paint are definitely flowing right to left, but the image seems to be charging along diagonally from left to right.
Where the blobs of bright green meet the pinky-red it looks like they have gone a bit brown and mouldy, like autumn leaves as winter approaches. I suppose that’s what happens to colourful leaves, especially those of the Virginia creeper. The Virginia creeper, he sounds like a notorious 1960s American psychopath – possibly played by Tony Curtis


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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7 Responses to Look out, here comes another spatter!…

  1. The colours in your splatter make me think of Christmas…(sorry, I know, bad word), and the Virginia Creeper looks very pretty cascading down the building like that. My spellchecker annoyance is the word colour. It isn’t that hard to put another vowel in there, really. It rounds out the word properly, instead of sounding like “Kollorrr”. Knickknacks is a nice word, although I might put a hyphen in it. But then I’m just being pernickity. :p

    • Dave Whatt says:

      I did check on knickknacky-hyphens and decided not to have one. Yes, the colors (oops!) are like those of Christmas tree globes, and the cellophane that Christmas chocolates might come clothed in…. Oh, and if you insist on saying ‘splatter’ instead of spatter!… Doh!…

      • Oh! Did I say splatter? Gosh sorry, my bad manners. Spatter is a much better word, because it means a defined work of art requiring artful direction of marks, whereas “splatter” is random and uncoordinated…. 😀

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Apparently ‘Splatter’ is a combination of splash and spatter… Just looked it up…
        Those TV forensic detectives always call it spatter, I suppose it sounds less gruesome…

      • haha! Yes, a spatter of blood sounds more delicate than a splatter…

  2. Mental Elf says:

    I definitely like your blogs with pictures the best. Saves so much of that writing malarkey. Now there’s a word the spellcheck grabs! I always thought it had two ‘l’s!

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