Spatter painting No. 36…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: waratah, knotenschiefer, colibri, menhaden, strongyle, and woodburytype. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn up dressed as, and behaving like, Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Spokeshave, you must not allow this to distract you from your studies. (P)

Spatter Painting No. 36. 2016.
Acrylic paint and black ink on drawing paper about 29″ x 21″.

Oh, I do like ellipses! They are probably my favourite geometric shape. That’s one on the left by the way. On the right is a circle. We are all very familiar with circles aren’t we? These two shapes look a bit ragged don’t they? As if they’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards – what a very nice phrase that is! (DTaHB). But if you are doing a spatter painting you can expect such messiness, in fact it is an essential element in this kind of work.
So, here we have an ellipse and a circle. Aha, but did you know that a circle is technically an ellipse? It’s an ellipse where the major and minor axes happen to be the same size.
Do you know how to mark out an ellipse dear reader? It’s a very satisfying thing to do – if you’ve never had a go at it, I recommend that you give it a try. All you need are a couple of drawing pins (thumb tacks) and a loop of string – oh, and it would be sensible to have a pen or pencil handy too. (Ellipse)
I used this simple method to mark out the cardboard mask for this painting – the circle is a cardboard mask too, but that was of course much easier to make.
Bright spattered paint with black ink outlines! Oh, what fun!…

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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6 Responses to Spatter painting No. 36…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    A good splatter is so freeing…very cool art! And, thanks for the ellipse video, what an easy technique.

  2. ktz2 says:

    I always like these splatters, just for the visual interest, although sometimes I get an immediate impression of something or other… once it was a dog, another time a bird

  3. ktz2 says:

    or maybe big creepy eyes from a horror movie

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