Gosh, a glimpse into the world of the artist…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: faun fawn, orangutan orange, brachiopod brown, vibrato violet, piffle pink, mastiff mauve, and that funny yellow that Billy has painted his back fence.
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You’ll see that I have called today’s post: Gosh, a glimpse into the world of the artist…
Oh, I hate that sort of thing – in arty TV documentaries when you get some posh simpering academic sliding around, in his posh silk suit, and expensive white shirt, open at the neck to show how relaxed he is, in some long gone famous artist’s ‘preserved’ studio, going on about all the masterpieces that were created within these walls… blah blah blah… As if it matters where they were done!

WIP, apparently stands for ‘work in progress’ – I don’t usually bother showing my WIPs, I don’t really see the point, but yesterday I took a photo of my old architects‘ drawing table with some stuff hanging, clipped to, and stuck on it – I thought it looked reasonably interesting – would you like to see my photograph dear reader?

Shall I talk you round it from left to right?
Filling the left top quarter of the frame is my current WIP. As you see it is done in smudged charcoal, but mysteriously it is enclosed in a central rectangle – it was a bugger trying to keep the outside area clear of charcoal dust and marks let me tell you! Do they look like clouds? Yes, I think they do. ‘But Dave,’ I hear you ask, ‘…what’s going to go on the surrounding blank bits?’
I’m glad you asked me that – having done the quick and easy smudging, I thought about it for a good five minutes and then decided that some chequerboard black and white squares might be nice. They’d have to be reasonably accurately done (to contrast with the floaty stuff inside the rectangle) so I worked out the size and spacing on a separate sheet of A4 – you can see it stuck on below the WIP. I’ll be sure to show you the drawing when it’s finished…
Moving to the right a little you may be able to make out a piece of dirty brown plywood hanging vertically from the top of the table – that’s a dirty piece of plywood, with a short leg at each corner – it’s a sort of ‘bridge’ for resting my hand on when drawing in the middle of work already done, to stop it being smudged by my palm. Next you can see a picture postcard of a rather erotic Victorian painting, a naked fish-tailed lass who seems to be rubbing herself up against a half-dressed half-asleep, attractive, but surprisingly unresponsive young chap. This dirty picture is Frederick Lord Leighton’s The Fisherman and the Siren 1856. (Bristol Museums and Art Gallery).
Then three guitar straps, two black, one red, dangling there ready if needed. Peering out from between them is the pale lovely face and an eye of Fenella Fielding snapped from the film Carry On Screaming when it was last on the TV. Moving right again there is a newspaper clipping of a religious painting – this one by Parmigianino the Mannerist – I like religious paintings – I sometime do pencil copies of them – just for the hell of it.
Moving down we see a picture of Giorgio de Chirico sitting in his nice airy living room, and below that one of his famous paintings, I think that one is Melancholy and Mystery of a Street.
That’s about it dear reader, except perhaps to mention the funny little clip-on shelf in front of the de Chirico, it has my reading glasses, pencils, rubbers, and my very useful electric pencil sharpener on it.
Hm, I really must get started on those chequerboard squares soon – I think they might be grey, rather than black…

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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9 Responses to Gosh, a glimpse into the world of the artist…

  1. Oh I do enjoy a peek into the artists workspace 🙂 And did you take the picture from the movie while it was on TV? I mean, sit waiting for that scene? Ingenious! I must try that myself! Your clouds look very pretty in a…..stormy kind of way 🙂

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Oh! Okay. I’m not surprised you have a picture of Giorgio in his airy living space on your work space….I suppose that’s the apartment near the Spanish steps? I had to grab my copy of his “memoirs” (yes, I read them) to see if it was the same picture…it’s not. Of course, my copy is a paperback and all the photos are black and white. I do love the clouds. I do hope you grace us with a photo of the finished product….and does this mean that you’re getting closer to photographing the future?

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    It is always fun to see how other artists work, nice WIP.

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