Four fairly interesting things…

But First…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s honoured guests are the Rudy Giuliani lookalike twins, Rachel and Sandra Blither – come on in, waddle across and take a seat on the sofa – my, you two are looking stylish today! Love those stick-on bulging eyes!… (click)
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Of course, this photograph isn’t one of my ‘art’ photos, it’s more of an Uncle Dave’s diary sort of picture. You’ll have seen that I have given this post the title Four Fairly Interesting Things… – how interesting they turn out to be depends of course on how easily you are bored.
Shall we start on the left and work across? Oh, by the way this picture was taken in my living room a day or two ago – er, the walls aren’t quite as bright a green as that – the camera was trying to be flattering and over-egged the colour a bit.
1) So, sitting in its pot on the window sill, is a cactus – I had to slide it a couple of inches to the right to aid the composition – ouch! It took me ten minutes to pull all the nasty tiny little spines out of my left forefinger using tweezers! Not a very good start to the ‘shoot’ then!
I was given the thing by a friend a few years ago; it was from a ‘cheap cactus shop’, and it had a brightly coloured artificial flower glued onto its side; it was only about three inches tall back then, but as you can see, it has done surprisingly well since it decided to cast off its silly plastic flower…
2) This is my Gibson SG (solid guitar) Standard ’62 reissue guitar; it’s 12 years old now and is still in good condition. Doesn’t it look marvellous against the green? At this point the non-guitarists amongst you should put on a simpering smile and nod enthusiastically. There are only about four or five basic shapes of electric solid guitar that look good and stylish – this is one of them. I think it is a lovely design; relatively lightweight, slim body, comfortable to hold, the body and neck are made of mahogany finished with a transparent red lacquer, it doesn’t look anything like any other solid electric guitar – note that the player has easy access to all of the 22 frets with none of the body woodwork getting in the way.
Oh, by the way Dave, what is that, that it’s plugged into?…
3) That, is a cheap Squier practice amplifier that my guitarist friend Joe gave me. It sounds alright – however, I remembered that I had a Celestion G10 ‘Vintage’ loudspeaker in a cardboard box kicking around in my spare room – I spent a day knocking up a plywood cabinet to install it in, I also came across an old metal speaker grill, actually for a 12″ speaker, that’s been sitting in that room gathering dust for years, so I screwed it on the front just for the look of it. A couple of coats of matt black paint, a bit of wiring, and… Whoa! It doesn’t half sound good!… An amazing improvement!… You wouldn’t believe the difference the better quality speaker makes!…
Hang on Dave, what’s that there, on that clipboard, leaning against the wall?
4) Ah, that’s a test print on copy paper of a lino cut that I last fiddled with several months ago – see, it’s got pyramids on it – just a few days ago I noticed that there was a pair of woolly fingerless gloves lying on top of the block which had been left on the back corner of my bench, and there was also an electric iron nearby – yes the block was cut when the weather was cold, probably back in February. So, I thought that I should make the effort to get the project going again – I managed to knock out a quick test print from it. It’s placed there against the wall so that I can glance across and look at it, to pick fault with it, so the block can be adjusted and tweaked before the final edition of prints on good quality Japanese paper is done…
One day dear reader, you may see the finished version of this marvellous print on these pages!…

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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4 Responses to Four fairly interesting things…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Lovely composition! The print is awesome. I especially like the green wall. Now, I’m curious about what’s behind the green wall.

  2. I like the green wall too….if it doesn’t look like that in real life, then it should. Everything looks very arty 🙂

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