Spatter Painting. No. 19…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: ribald russet, gargantuan grey, puerile pink, obsidian orange, flippant fawn, obsidian ochre, and that sort of bluey-green that Jim has on his bathroom walls.

It seems a while since I treated you to a peep at one of my ‘spatter paintings’ dear reader. Here’s one from 2015. Coo! Doesn’t time fly?…

Spatter painting. No. 19. 2015. Acrylic paint and black ink on drawing paper about 28″ x 19″.

Hm, I don’t know how successful this one is – hang on, I’m not even sure what ‘successful’ means when it comes to an art work. I suppose the word only applies if you have some definite outcome in mind before you start – and then when it’s finished you can think, Ah, yes, that’s just how I wanted/expected it to be…
When the image depends on standing there chucking bright sloppy paint around, with a devil-may-care attitude, whilst whistling a merry tune (me, I always whistle while I am chucking paint) ‘success’ or ‘failure’ doesn’t really come into it – after doing one of these I might think, Hm, I don’t really like this one, I think I’ll rip it up…
But then, that’s not really a failure is it? Apart from ripping up a two or three quid sheet of paper and lobbing it into the recycling bin – but even then you have gained experience –ย  we all have to be self critical, and have to do a few throw-away ones in order to progress. Oh dear, I seem to have introduced another controversial word here – should your art ‘progress’ – is that what it’s about?
Er, yes, of course it should, and yes it is!… In my opinion art should be constantly on the move! If you don’t try new stuff you’ll end up turning out ‘nice’ safe pieces (that people seem to like), for forty years or more of your life, and you’ll end up old and wobbly and thinking, Oh dear… Is that all I did?

Anyway, sorry, I didn’t mean to rant on like this.
It’s the big ‘X’ – is it a bit too contrived? It’s not very random or serendipitous is it?
Then of course, there is the choice of colour – lovely bright green and orange.
But Dave, didn’t you realise before you started that when bright green and orange mix they produce a horrible rusty brown? Why the hell didn’t you use blue and yellow, then they would have made a really nice green when they mixed!… Dave, this spatter painting – is a failure…
Oh, right ho…

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 Spatter Painting. No. 19…

  1. Oh I like it! It reminds me of a flag – it could be the Flag of International Artists, couldn’t it? With the mingling of the colours right there in the centre symbolising how all art changes and reforms into something new. Plus of course the spatters, and the nice dark bars across the orangey bit all add to the effect. I really do like it ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Whoa! Thank you for your support Scribby!
      ‘International Artists’ – can I join please?
      Those dark bars across the orange annoy me – they are where the paper, wet with paint, cockled up and the let the paint collect there – I do stretch the paper to try to stop that too.

  2. Its all about the serendipity, Dave! ๐Ÿ™‚ “Serendipity Cockles” Gosh now that’s a character name and a half, hehe

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