Finally got the bloody thing finished…

But first…
Dulltown. UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: jocund jade, farcical fawn, butter blue, ogre orange, rip red, plank purple and dinosaur damson.

You may recall dear reader, a couple of months ago I treated you to a glimpse of my drawing board with a drawing clipped on it that I had just made a start on. It wasn’t too bad a photograph, it was reasonably interesting I suppose; it showed, as well as the drawing, various odd things stuck on or draped over the top of the board, there was a photo of Giorgio de Chirico in there too. (Click here to see it.)
Anyway, I have finally finished the drawing, as least I think I have finished it – one is never quite sure when a thing is finished, is one? It might even get ripped up in a sudden aesthetic purge…
It’s not really a very lively piece, not much going on in it, and I have lived with it for a couple of months, so I am a bit tired of it glaring and sulking at me from across the room, begging to be finished…
Perhaps you’d better have a look at it.

Pencil on paper, about 22″ x 15″

I’m afraid I haven’t given it a title yet, maybe it will be another of my ‘Aphrodite at the Waterhole’ ones? But I am open to suggestions…
Is it a  figurative piece?
No, I don’t think so. Are they clouds? I don’t know. Is that a chess board? Hm, I don’t really think so.
Is this a surrealist piece?
Er… It might be, you can get away with a lot when you call something surrealist.
I’ll tell you what – perhaps this is abstract surrealism – I think I’d be happy to be called an abstract surrealist. What it needs, as I mentioned above is a good enigmatic title – isn’t ‘enigmatic’ a great word? The ‘matic’ half makes it sound quite practical, like automatic, or problematic, (I have a problem attic!), but the first half, the ‘enig’, is definitely a bit spooky and dark don’t you think? Enig… Enig…
Perhaps that could be the title?…
By the way that blank bit to the top left isn’t where I got fed up with shading those bloody squares in, it is a part of the enigmatic composition…

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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8 Responses to Finally got the bloody thing finished…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    I’d say it’s magical…magnificent art Dave.

  2. twallisstone says:

    Love the two posts! You get a gold medal for bravery for showing your workspace. (Mine is a mess!)The final art piece gets a gold star for being fantastic! Love the mix of clouds and checkerboard.

  3. Dana Doran says:

    I do like the checks (small wonder)…to me they have great meaning….zero’s and one’s ….you know, binary code. 11100011….it just falls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

  4. Jheron Bash says:

    Looks like “Unfinished War Games” to me. Well, it’s a title …

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