Spatter Painting No. 9…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the pink plastic one shaped like President Trump’s head.
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Spatter Painting No. 9. (2015) Acrylic paint and black ink on drawing paper, 28″ x 21″.

Yes, here’s another fairly expensive nice clean sheet of white paper ruined with a lot of spattering – some people might call it ‘splattering’ rather than spattering. Me, I don’t care what you call it. In those ‘real crime’ ‘fly on the wall’ TV shows they seem to be always banging on about ‘blood spatter’ patterns, high, medium, and low velocity ones.
I think the lovely composition you see above contains some high, some medium, and some low – see if you can tell which is which dear reader. Yes, really I think I prefer ‘spatter’ rather than ‘splatter’. ‘Spatter’ sounds more scientific, ‘splatter’ is more a genre of dumbed-down Hollywood movie.
Oh, by the way, I have noticed that in some of those ‘real life’ crime solving programmes one or two of the police officers do say ‘splatter’ rather than ‘spatter’ – it’s usually the ones in rural areas, the ones with sloping shoulders, small eyes, and bulging bellies, who eat plenty of steak dinners, and wear big hats whilst sitting at their desks indoors – I don’t know if they are ignorant of the ‘correct’ term or if they are deliberately resisting being lectured on how to pronounce things by those visiting, smug, jumped-up, smart-ass, FBI city folk…

You may have noticed, that I have managed to get this far into today’s post without saying a word about the aesthetics of my painting.
Good! It’s a picture – pictures shouldn’t need any describing when you can see the thing there in front of you – there’s too much of that twaddle going on these days; it implies that the viewer is so dim-witted that she/he needs to be told what they are looking at… I respect you far too much to bother with all that tripe dear reader… mind you, to me, it does look a bit like a map of Europe…

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 Spatter Painting No. 9…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Love your “spatter” today. I’m going to have to start listening closely when I watch my next crime show. 🙂

  2. ktz2 says:

    The term ‘spatter painting’ made me recall human-interest story by Ernie Pyle (American) in the 30s, before he gained fame as a WW2 correspondent

  3. ktz2 says:

    ooops sent too soon.. anyway he went around America writing about unusual people. The one I’m recalling was some old guy who frequently ‘painted’ his house by randomly spattering various color paints on the outside walls.. just because he liked the way it looked !

  4. Claudia says:

    I do see Eurpoe there…and I love the teeny weeny splatter/spatter dots. Did you try for those?

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