Hey, let’s have some more spatter!…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to deep-breathly for five good minutes, then stand on one leg with eyes tightly closed, wave slowly to an imaginary departing steam train chugging off to the right, and hum the theme from Lawrence of Arabia until you fall over onto your handy plump cushions. (Tune)

Spatter Painting No. 38. (2017) Acrylic paint and black ink on thick watercolour paper, about 28″ x 20″.

‘What a very unpleasant choice of colours Dave…’
‘Oh, you think so? I quite like their insipid gaudiness.’
‘Dave, how can you have something that’s both insipid and gaudy?…’
‘Well, I…’

There are two things about this one which set it aside from other spatter paintings I have done; one is the inclusion of the matrix of squares in the centre of the piece, and the other is the very high number of very fine droplets and long fine spatters that are included in it.
The matrix was achieved by laying a rectangle of thin steel mesh (that I had kicking around the workshop) onto the paper before the acrylic was chucked on, thus masking off parts and leaving wobbly lines and rounded squares of colour. It was a bit of an experiment (one has to experiment, it’s an essential part of doing art is experimenting), looking at it now, I’m not sure it was really worth all the bother.
As for that fine intricate spattering, that was probably a ‘mistake’ too. One of the ‘rules’ I set myself when doing these things is that all the areas of paint, no matter how small or large, should be enclosed by a thin line of black ink – it’s like imposing order onto a shape formed randomly by dynamics, and serendipity, and it separates the painted parts from the untouched white with a strong and definite line. The trouble was of course that there were so many of those tiny blobs and streaks it took me hours to get all the little buggers circled with my pen – wrist-ache ensued, and swearing could be heard…
Was it all worth it?
Possibly not, but that’s art for you!… Someone might like it though…

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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2 Responses to Hey, let’s have some more spatter!…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    I like this painting Dave! I do like pink and your experimentation.

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