Creative things against the green wall…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word logodaedaly.

dscn4347‘Now, what was that funny chord?… Hang on a minute, the phone’s ringing – I’ll just lean my guitar here for a moment while I… ah, it’s just another cold caller from India, I don’t think I’ll bother to… Oh, look, what a pleasing combination of objects, perhaps I should take a quick photograph…’
It’s a nice looking guitar isn’t it? It’s an Epiphone Casino, a popular guitar from the 1960s – John Lennon and Howlin’ Wolf, the great bluesman, used to play them (HW) – this isn’t an original one of course, they cost thousands of pounds. No, this is modern ‘made in China’ version of it; some of the fittings are a bit on the cheap side, but it does feel nice to play and the sound is really rich and classy. Note how there are a few inches of inaccessible fingerboard up on the body, this means that some of the high notes are impossible to get to without wrist acrobatics, but that’s really not that important when it sounds so good is it?
So what about the artwork?
Well, these two pieces would be a future art historian’s joy, if I were ever to be famous and worth writing about; you see the charcoal and pencil drawing at the back, has some fluffy cloud-like things in its dramatic sky, and if you look closely you can see that I have gone around their edges with a fine pencil giving them a hard outline to deliberately take the edge off their fluffiness. I have been doing this little trick in my drawing for years, but after finishing this one I tried some new drawings making random smudgy charcoal marks and then using this same ‘outlining’ technique on them. After enjoying that for a while I wondered what it would be like applying it to painted random marks too; and so I drifted into doing my ‘spatter paintings’ with black ink outlining instead of pencil; and just by chance here is one of them standing in front of the original drawing (spatter). Oh, what fun it has been…
Now let’s get back to that funny Captain Beefheart chord I was trying to figure out when the phone rang… (Chords)

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 Creative things against the green wall…

  1. Oh hello! And I’m all for a good outline! Gives a piece definition and guidance I think….also, nice guitar! 🙂

  2. ktz2 says:

    Sweet looking guitar !
    Being an artist in various media you might appreciate the efforts in this post- ‘art made from old books’

  3. ktz2 says:

    A lady wearing such a dress would have to be mindful of water–a pulpy mess– as well as fire sparks. . .’excuse me ma’am, but your dress is ON FIRE’. . haha

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