Spatter painting No. 23…

But first…
Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: abomasum, abola, abraxas, aboulia, abiogenesis, abecedarian, and mussitation. 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 for the lesson sitting astride a pantomime horse, you should not allow this to distract you from your studies – marks will be awarded for well polished fingernails. (PH)
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Look out! Stand back! It’s just about to spatter!…

Spatter painting No. 23. (2015)
Fluorescent acrylic paint and black ink on white drawing paper about 20″ x 17″.

Is this bright enough for you dear reader? Hang on while I put my shades on. I mean, if you have decided to do something bright you might as well really go for it!
I suppose this one might have been a bit of a mistake. You see my two simple rules (it’s good to have rules) of the process when I’m doing these are:
1) Pick out some nice colours, thin them with a bit of water to reduce their viscosity, and then chuck them willy-nilly, and in a deliberately sloppy and carefree manner, onto the middle of a sheet of nice thick white drawing paper.
2) When all that muck is thoroughly dry, take a black ink drawing pen and draw round all the coloured shapes, however large or small, to visually ‘fence them off’ from the white substrate. Isn’t ‘substrate’ a great word?
I’m sure you can see where I went wrong here dear reader – well not ‘wrong’ of course, but I ended up with a hell of lot of very fine spatter all over the paper. Can you imagine how long I spent going round all those tiny tiny marks with my pen? It took about a week to get the bugger finished – gosh my hand was aching! It was like writer’s cramp, but I suppose it should really be called ‘draughtsperson’s cramp.’
I reckon if this was shown in a nice gallery (as if!) people would stand in front of it and say, ‘Gosh, all that outlining must have taken the poor bloody artist ages and ages! But I’ll bet he charges quite a lot per hour 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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3 Responses to Spatter painting No. 23…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Wow!. This splatter has never ending interest, no matter what way you turn the picture. Happy day, Dave!

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