So, shall I talk you through my new drawing?…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: adjectival, rocketing, elaphine, wanthriven, yolky, penumbral, and gummy.
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When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is walk through to my living room, open the blinds, and glance out to see what new urban outrages have been perpetrated in the street overnight – no, no dear reader, it’s usually alright and generally nothing untoward has gone on. On my way to the window I walk past my big old drawing table – it has had a piece of white drawing paper (about 22″ x 15″) clipped to it for at least three months – it remained blank until one day early last week. As I passed it going about my morning ritual it occurred to me that I really ought to try to do a new drawing on it – I haven’t got one with this year’s date on it yet, and it’s March already!
I stopped at the squat scruffy filing cabinet with pencils, rubbers, and drawing junk on its top; I picked up and opened a little blue cardboard box (that once held screws, but now contains black dust made from ground up little waste ends of charcoal sticks) I poked my finger end into the dust and made a few very quick, scrawled, sort of random, marks on the unsuspecting paper – boy, was it surprised!  I then said to myself – There!… I have started one!…
It sat there like that for a two or three days catching my eye as I walked past it – Hm…I’m not sure what to do with it now… I could just rip it up and put another blank sheet in its place…
A day or two later I paused at the drawing board and thought of getting a nicely sharpened pencil and carefully drawing around all the edges of the smudges, a bit like when I draw round the splashes on my spatter paintings – that always looks ‘clever’, and makes it look as if I know what I’m doing, and that everything is ‘planned’…
Yes, that looks alright – is it finished? No, I don’t think so – it looks a bit blank and, er, not very interesting… Hm… It needs some darkness in it, perhaps some towards the top and bottom, and in the corners – that always pulls the eye in… Yes, I’ll draw in some small circles, and put some tiny dots in the blank bits… Phew! Doing these dots is really fiddly and boring – I’m beginning to wish I’d not started this!…  I think I’d better put some music on the hi-fi…
Anyway after two or three blues compilation cds, and an album of strange Japanese court music, I had done quite a lot of dots, and the thing was turning into quite a ‘nice’ drawing – it was bit like ‘rescuing’ it, something that started out with very little, and no ideas – just some finger smudges… All those dots and tiny loops at the top and bottom were slowly turning it into a landscape? Perhaps a snow scene?… Yes, a snow scene!…
Anyway, this morning I got up, walked into the living room, opened the blinds (nothing much had happened outside, apart from that stray black wheelie bin lurking and brooding by next door’s gate – it’s been lounging there three days). Ah, look… the drawing, I think I’ll just stand for a moment and do one or two more dots… Half an hour passed… Oh, I think it’s finally finished – I think I’ll call it Smudges No. 6 (Snow Scene) 2018.
Ah, what I could do, is grab my camera, and my tripod, photograph this fine work, process the photo, and then write a blog post on it within minutes of finishing it!… How novel is that?…

Usually when I show you one of my drawings I have my friend Stella round to see it and comment on it too – I hope she won’t be upset that I have pre-empted her on this one – oh, hang on… just a minute… there’s someone ringing my door bell… how did she know?…

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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10 Responses to So, shall I talk you through my new drawing?…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    So, what did Stella think? Or was it just somebody to ask if you were ready to let Jesus into your life?

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    I love the process of art making…every dot in the right place Dave, Bravo!

  3. Oooh! Now lets see….there’s a dog, and a fence, and the entrance to a tunnel in which the dog is contemplating escaping through. But…….there is an “X” at the opening, which may indicate no permission. And the tendrils to the right of the dog could be grasping fingers, pulling the dog back from the forbidden place…..Hmmm, I really like this. Not bad for 3 months work, Dave! 😀

  4. I like it a lot. Reminds me of a fancy bit of sea life!!!

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