Squirming decalcomania…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word word

Look out! Here comes some black acrylic paint and graphite!…

Decalcomania monoprint. 2010. Black acrylic paint and pencil on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″.

Decalcomania is a great word isn’t it? It’s a good word to bandy about in cafes, or bars, when you want to come over as a bit of an intellectual smart arse. No, but really, if you want to know something about how I do this form of fine art printing, or would like to try doing something like this yourself dear reader, you could have a look at an old post of mine on the subject – just click here.

So, what do you think is going on here?
Does it in some way have the feel of Japan about it? I expect that long horizontal form at the bottom could be the sea, and that thing to the right, it must be a carefully knotted cloud, and the round thing on the left is obviously the sun, but looking a bit ragged, or possibly the moon? Mind you, the thing on the floor does seem to be flopping about a bit, maybe it’s alive – a trio of cheeky seals poking their cute heads up, or curious narwhals, or, you know… what are those big round wet shiny bulbous-headed things called? Oh yes, sea lions, or maybe they are walruses – they’re very nice, are walruses. Just look at them rearing up and snorting through their moustaches at us! Do they snort? I would if I was a walrus – or should that be, if I ‘were’ a walrus? I’ve never really got to grips with that element of grammar! As you can tell by now, I have nothing much to say about this print. Art is for looking at rather than waffling on about, which unfortunately, is exactly what I’m doing here. Just look at the satisfyingly solid block of text that I’ve assembled above – all one paragraph too – when you first glance at the page it probably makes you think, Oh, this looks like it’s going to be informative… What a deceiver I am!… Anyway, do you like my print? It’s striking, and it’s abstract you know. Things like this look very classy on walls – tastefully framed, and hanging over someone’s posh fireplace in a trendy stylish detached house somewhere in the leafy suburbs… Yes, this it now the bottom edge of a pretty impressive and dense slab of words… There! I think I’m done. Yes, that’s plenty! Not too long, not too short.
Hm, another cup of tea I think…

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...
This entry was posted in abstract, art, brain, composition, creation, decalcomania, existentialism, fine art prints, humour, information, instruction, seeing, serendipity, surrealism, words, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Squirming decalcomania…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    I like (awesome) your print, Dave! This design is like a sneak preview, it looks as though we could peel away the negative space and find another world underneath.

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Well your highness, you’re a regular Hokusai! (You know, the Great Wave?)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s