Decalcomania and depth of field…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s cheetah is the fat one with droopy jowls sitting under a tree tucking into a burger and a milk shake.

It seems a while since we had a look at one of my decalcomania monoprints; here is an early one, it’s from 2010. If you’d like to know something about the form of printing known as decalcomania, well my interpretation of it anyway, you could look at an old post of mine on the subject which you might find interesting, and possibly amusing; it may also encourage you to try doing some prints like this yourself: Please click here!

Decalcomania monoprint 2010. Black acrylic paint and pencil on paper, about 16″ x 12″

Is it three-dimensional enough for you dear reader? Ho ho!…
Isn’t the human brain brilliant at looking at stuff and creating reality?
Come on, let’s try to fool it. We’ll just do three blobs of different sizes, we’ll give them flat bottoms by applying a strip of masking tape underneath them when we splosh the paint on the glass, and we’ll put the big one at the bottom and the little one at the top.
Whoa!… We’ve got a landscape! Perhaps an arctic, or an arid desert scene?
‘Depth of field’ – how deep is your field?
After the paint has thoroughly dried we’ll do some subtle pencil shading to enhance the detail in the fiddly bits, oh, and we’ll put some underneath the blobs to look like shadows…
There, that does look nice!
Now, who left these ugly brutes here, right in the middle of our nice clean desert? How far away do you think the top one is? I reckon about a five-minute walk, come on! Hey, don’t get sand in your shoes, better take a sun hat too!… And give that first one a wide berth as you pass, it’s still thrashing about and dangerous!…

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 Decalcomania and depth of field…

  1. honeypears says:

    I’m getting a Mad Max vibe… Thanks for sharing the process!

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    These mystifying creations are strangely inviting. Very cool process.

  3. For some reason I saw piles of precious metals and gems. Wow, these are just beautiful.

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