So, how about a lino print?…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s octopus is the one lying in bed and simultaneously answering her phone, opening the curtains, stirring a cup of tea, opening a packet of bourbon creams, and adjusting the volume on her bedside radio. It must be great being an octopus!

Isn’t linoleum a lovely sounding word – come on, let’s all say it together – linoleum, linoleum…

An untitled lino print in oil-based ink on nice Kizuki Japanese paper, about A4 size. (2017) It is probably in an edition of ten.

Should I say a few words about this work, or just leave you to scrutinise it and marvel at it in peace dear reader?
I think I had better do a bit of waffling – it is expected, and it wouldn’t feel right leaving just a white blank underneath the thing. I think I’ll do some ‘stream of consciousness’ here, and say anything that bubbles up in my head – one can do that sort of thing if one is bit avant-garde you know!

Yes, the main form in this one seems to be a French curve – do we still have French curves? Can one still buy French curves in art shops? I expect so. Anyway, there it is – ‘Hey, it looks like Dave has just drawn round that thing, instead of coming up with his own shape!… Isn’t that cheating?…’
Yes, it is!
They are lovely things are French curves. I wonder if the French have British or English curves? I think I should look that up. Oh, I just did, and I couldn’t find anything. Ah, but I think I can make a guess at the origin of the phrase – due to the animosity between the English and the French over the centuries, the English have always eagerly pounced on any chance to insult those folk over the channel by applying the prefix ‘French’ to anything substandard, fraudulent, or even a bit dirty, ‘French kissing’ for instance – I think maybe drawing around French curves was considered ‘cheating’ – and one should really draw one’s nice flowing curves by hand! Just a thought…
What else can I talk about? How about that flight of steps on the right? They’ve come out rather well – I shouldn’t have left that block of white marble leaning on them though – someone could trip and have a nasty accident… And what about that rectangular thing bottom left? It seems to be full of white dots. Ah, I expect that is a box containing some of the stars left over from the creation of the sky in the top corner opposite.
By the way, have you spotted the minor error in compositional logic in the middle of the design dear reader? I don’t know whether to point it out to you, or to just keep quiet about it. Hm, I think I’ll keep quiet about it… I do like to present an interesting puzzle now and again…

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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7 Responses to So, how about a lino print?…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    A very bold “outer limits” Lino print. Happy day Dave.

  2. Jheron Bash says:

    Nice one, Dave. A “minor error in compositional logic” wouldn’t have occurred to me if you hadn’t pointed it out!

  3. Wow. I say again. Wow.

  4. twallisstone says:

    Love the comments about the “French curve”!

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