Spatter painting No. 41…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s fish names are: the zebra oto, the waspfish, the slimehead, the slender snipe eel, the loweye catfish, and the pancake batfish.
Which one of these would you choose to have as an imaginary friend?
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Spatter Painting No. 41. 2015. Acrylic paint and black ink on paper about 29″ x 21″.

Do you see the white star immediately, or do you see the green and yellow shapes first and then spot the star? Me, when I had decided to show you another of these spatters, and was looking through them and came across this one, I didn’t spot the star at first, the shapes of the green and yellow predominated and the thing they enclosed was just a patch of white untouched paper, but then Mr Star suddenly appeared.
His shape has just the right amount of corruption to his form, don’t you think? I don’t think it wouldn’t have looked very good if the edges were perfect and straight though – it would have stood out like a sore thumb (do sore thumbs really stand out that much?) – but if it had more raggedness than this you might not see it as a star at all.
By the way, to create this feature I made a mask out of thick cardboard just for these spatter paintings, you may see my star pop up in other works like this.
Oh, I do like that straight horizontal edge at the bottom of the green – it makes the whole thing look like it’s sitting on a flat plane or surface of some kind, it gives the thing some solidity and a feeling of weight and ‘reality’.
Hm, yes, not too bad a painting 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...
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6 Responses to Spatter painting No. 41…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, the star leapt out right away. I don’t know what that says about me but the pancake batfish has always been my friend.

  2. Dana Doran says:

    I do believe all my friends are imaginary….so why limit them to just one?

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    I’ll take the slime head…presently there is a lot of slime being made at my home by my 7 year old granddaughter. The first thought that came to mind is the splatter painting reminded me of a map of a new country with a large star like lake.

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