Stella mentions turbidity…

But first…
Dulltown. UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the sound of a low flying jet aircraft – a good pourer, but the tea goes cold pretty quickly.

Aphrodite at the Waterhole No. 19. (1996). Charcoal and pastel on paper, probably about 24″ x 18″

‘What?… What?… Who is it?… Go away!…’
‘Open the door, you idiot!…’
‘Eh? Is that Stella?’
‘Open the bloody door!… I need tea and hot buttered toast!’
‘Oh, it’s only you… I thought you were a couple of severe religious ladies going from door to door, I saw them out of the window earlier…’
‘I know, I just had a word with them as they were going into the drug house up the street.’
‘A drug house?… Up the street?…’
‘Didn’t you know? Are you going to let me in and treat me to a beverage, and some…’
‘I’m afraid I don’t have any butter in at present Stella, but I do have an untouched bar of expensive M&S Italian hazelnut chocolate.’
‘Well, I suppose… Go get the bloody kettle on then! What the hell is this?’
‘You always say, “What the hell’s this?” when you look at one of my drawings.’
‘Do I?..’
‘Yes, you are such a natural sneerer.’
‘A natural sneerer?’
‘Hm, this one’s quite old, 1996…’
‘Yes, I can see that – I can see the optimism in it – all that’s gone now David.’
‘Has it? Thank you for that… Here’s your Yorkshire Tea, try a cube of chocolate. Do you tolerate nuts?’
‘Only you David… So, I see it’s done in black and white, but with a lot of red splashed around – I suppose half way through you thought it looked rather boring, so you thought you could possibly brighten it up with a bit of…’
‘Yes, that’s right Stella, it was so drab and uninteresting, it was either rip it up and throw it away, or, in desperation, add some red to it… oh dear, what a fool I was back then…’
‘Actually this chocolate is pretty good – from M&S you say?’
‘Yes I do, £2.50 a bar though, I thought that I…’
‘Oh, you and your raging dystopia!…’
‘My what?’
‘The city, steaming, eating itself from the inside with rampant greed and capitalism, celebratory lights in the sky, festering social squalor below, it’s shiny chrome for the posh and turbid filth for the…’
Turbid is a very good word… Oh Stella, I don’t think dunking nutty chocolate in your hot tea is a good idea… Oh!…’
‘Have you a teaspoon?’
‘It’s not too bad a drawing you know David, but I wouldn’t have added the red…’
‘You wouldn’t?’
‘I didn’t know that you drew Stella.’
‘I don’t… Oh, there goes your doorbell!…’
‘I’ll bet that will be the religious lasses, I think I might invite them in – I’ll get a couple more cups out – I wonder if they like chocolate…’
‘Don’t you fucking dare! I had enough of those two earlier!…’
‘More tea Stella?…’

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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14 Responses to Stella mentions turbidity…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    Hum…..festering social squalor…..reminds me of the news media and the propaganda machine. At least that’s what I saw….remarkable! I like it! There is something about the color (yes, there is no u) red that really adds a punctuation mark like !!!.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      I recall all those years ago wondering if the red would work – I’m my maturity I can now say with confidence that it does.
      I think the black white and red might have the feel of the 1930s about it – what do you think?…

      • Dana Doran says:

        omg…..I had thought about mentioning the book I am reading, “Villa Air-Bel” by Rosemary Sullivan. It was hard to find years after I used some critical passages in school while studying surrealism. It draws from fact and puts together a compelling reason not to take the news as anything other than propaganda and this is what Europe was subject to while Hitler, Franco, et al were wrecking havoc!

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Goodness me Dana!
        Was it the flash of black, white, and red that did it? Perhaps a flag waving somewhere?
        Me, I never studied Surrealism – I was never very good at studying – I just absorbed it all from the smell of the paintings…

      • Dana Doran says:

        Does one ever truly know “why” they (me) react to a piece of art? Or what thought it will elicit? I do think it was the well-placed red…..and that made me think of the 30’s, and then this historical novel.

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Gosh – what ripples I cause…

      • Dana Doran says:

        It was the color. I’m sure it was.

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Hm… the colour eh?…

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Very cool drawing. I like the red…the perfect addition…poor Stella she has her panties in a bunch today.

  3. Oh I love the red! And the tiny squiggly things at the bottom…..pah! Stella doesn’t know what she is talking about – and who on earth dunks chocolate in their tea? Its so much better in coffee 😀

  4. David Manley says:

    Nice work…my old college pal Dave Thomas always said there was nothing like a dab of Prussian Blue to liven up a picture (mind he became famous in Australia for singing Mule Train whilst bangin a tea tray on his head)…

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