It’s a decalcomania sort of day today…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s colours are: Bodmin beige, Grimsby green, Oxford orange, Blackpool blue, Manchester mauve, Totnes turquoise, Pontefract pink, and that funny speckled cream that the man down the road has painted his front window box.
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Decalcomania monoprint. Black acrylic paint and pencil on paper. (I seem to have forgotten to initial and date this one, but it was probably done in 2010.)

Decalcomania! Decalcomania for ever!…
Yes, that’s what the crowds surrounding the Decalcomanian Embassy in London might cheer when the Crown Prince, in his white military uniform and shiny medals, steps out onto the balcony to…
But no, decalcomania is not some quaint central European principality, it is a method of fine art printmaking that relies on randomness, playfulness, and serendipity. If you’d like to know how I do prints like this, and maybe try doing some yourself dear reader, you could see an earlier post on the subject by clicking here.

Well!… This looks very dramatic doesn’t it? What do you make of it?
Oh, this is proper surrealism for you! Does it have a whiff of Max Ernst about it, what do you think?
Could this be a human and their pet? Perhaps a dog? The human is saying, ‘Come on! You lazy fat brute! There’s another half-mile to go yet!…’
And the dog is saying, ‘No, no, you go on, I’ll catch you later, I’m just going to scratch behind my ears, stretch, and then perhaps snooze for a few minutes…’
Or… Perhaps, if you are that way inclined, this might depict Saint What’s-his-name bumping into Jesus on the road to Damascus and having a short chat with him?…

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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10 Responses to It’s a decalcomania sort of day today…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Well it looks to me like a man bowed praying before a strange cockerel deity. Just saying.

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Beautiful combination of textures, Dave. I’m seeing pickles, lettuce. rooster, leaves, a bird’s head and more.

  3. David Manley says:

    Some days my whole world seems Bodmin beige…nice print though!

  4. I see a bird deity pointing at an abject subject who is entreating him/her to be merciful. Yes.

    I love this technique and I think I’ll try it.

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