Whoa!… The red, and the green!…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the jackal-headed god Duamutef – his associations are: canopic, stomach and upper intestines, and the east. (Duamutef)
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Here’s a photo of mine from about a year ago.
This one looks like it could slide comfortably into my category ‘This Is Not Art’, but I don’t think it’s quite right for it; it’s more of an ‘arty’ composition on my part rather than something that could be mistaken for a piece of ‘found art’.
You can see why I snapped this, can’t you? Can you?…
It’s that gorgeous red of the thick industrial paint, and that gorgeous green of the interloping moss. And how about the carefree spatters of red that have landed on the concrete? They almost look three-dimensional, as if hanging there in the air in front of us.
‘So Dave, what actually is this?’ I hear you murmur. (Isn’t ‘murmur’ a great word? Made with just two simple ‘mur’s glued together – it’s like the sound that some small cute animal might make…)
This shows part of an old warehouse on the meandering road by the muddy brown river, the River Hull, that runs north-south through Dulltown. (By the way, isn’t it odd that in the UK we put ‘River’ in front of the name, and in the US they put it after the name? River Thames, Hudson River.) All the woodwork, doors etc. of the place are painted in this lovely red – the old concrete seen here is, I think, part of a step, or a window sill, I can’t quite recall – but see, it does seem to curve back and recede slightly at its top like a sill doesn’t it?
There we go then – a pleasing composition with a sprinkling of detail to engage the eye – and it was definitely worth my stopping to take the picture.
As for the aesthetics of the thing – I think I can hear people murmuring (that word again!) in the background, they are talking paintings, and bandying the name Mark Rothko around – but I’m ignoring it, I was never really a fan of his… a bit too po-faced and ‘arty’ for me…

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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13 Responses to Whoa!… The red, and the green!…

  1. Yes it does look a little Rothko-esque (I’m not a fan either, terribly boring) but yours is quite interesting and well executed. The concrete looks like water in a way, with the lighter bit up near the top. “Red and green should never be seen” well, yes they should, because this is really nice! šŸ™‚

  2. Jheron Bash says:

    Nice picture, Dave! Murmur, murmur …
    (& isn’t it nice that a flock of starlings is a ‘murmuration’, by the way?)

  3. Dana Doran says:

    Oh that industrial paint! Thick, gloppy and rolls on like a river…..it also peels up after a time…interesting. I wonder if it’s the same type of acrylic that whatshisname used – I’ve been told some of his “best” work is now fading away…oh yes, Pollock! I do like that color – definitely not cadmium.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh, that Pollock chap! I’ll bet he used the cheapest paints he could find – I would, if I was just chucking them around willy nilly…
      When I once did a bit of work for Celia Birtwell a few years ago (blatant name dropping here!) she recommended painting one’s house with ‘ship paint’ as it apparently lasts very well…

      • Dana Doran says:

        “Ship paint?” I wonder if she was referring to “gel coat.” I do know about such things…..although my knowledge is limited to adding a name to our vessel!

      • Dave Whatt says:

        I imagine that it was old-style traditional thick stuff, full of lead, that they used to put on hulls in dry docks with big brushes on the ends of poles.

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    I can see this as a large print hanging in the MOMA. Iā€™m so glad you are paying attention and captured this image. Happy Saturday!

  5. twallisstone says:

    Love the colors and texture.

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