Spatter painting No. 18…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: barghest, barilla, baobab, banxring, bantling, and flamfew. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie’s Jack Russell terrier first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The Professor will not attend tomorrow’s lesson, but ‘Podgy’ will take charge in his stead.

Hm… rectilinear!…
What a very nice word that is… everyone should say it out loud at least once a day.

No, but here’s another of my ‘spatter paintings’. This one is on good quality watercolour paper about 27″ x 21″ and is done using bright acrylic paint and black drawing ink. Busy isn’t it?…
I suppose the trouble with using fluorescent green and orange and letting them mix on the paper is that they form a rather unpleasant earthy brown; thankfully there isn’t too much of that going on here.
As you can see there was a lot of fine spatter dropping into the blank areas between the main, er… I don’t know what to call them… Shall we say ‘stripes’, or perhaps go for something more ‘arty’ and call them longitudinal elements? No, let’s go for ‘stripes’ eh?
Yes, a lot of fine detail – it took several hours of radio and tea drinking to go round them all with the black ink.
If I ever sold this one, I’m sure the hourly rate for the job wouldn’t be enough. But then who’d want to buy such a thing? Perhaps I’d charge either £4.99 or £14,000 for it, one or the other, I wouldn’t be prepared to haggle…
I remember hearing a story about the great Scottish Surrealist poet Ivor Cutler:
He was phoned up and asked to do a reading of his work at some University – the chap on the phone apologised that the student union only could afford a fee of £150.
Mr Cutler responded with something like, ‘No, no! That’s quite unacceptable! It’s far too much, I’ll do it for £100…’

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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 Spatter painting No. 18…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    Okay, I’ve got it!
    Truth is a hashtag!!
    Or, ?
    Here I am nearly 65 years old and I was completely unfamiliar with Ivor Cutler….now I am not. I owe you one. (One of what I do not know, but ONE nonetheless.) Oh wait, I suppose it is a smile….having woken up in this crazy world day after day wondering when the harangue of differing truths will merge into one giant lie…..ahhhhhh….look there, I’ve found it! A smile!!

  2. I like your spatter paintings. Just saying.

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