Spatter painting No. 34…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s dictionary words are: araeometer, quatorze, tret, oppignorate, excubant, and monstrance. 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 wearing a rainbow coloured silk suit, a top hat, and ladies’ gold sparkle high-heel shoes, you should not allow this to distract you from your studies.

Today I thought that I should drag out another of my ‘spatter paintings’ for you to see dear reader. Here’s a pretty flashy one from 2016:

Spatter PaintingĀ  No. 34. 2016.
Acrylic paint and black ink on drawing paper about 29″ x 21″.

Really these are pretty odd artworks, aren’t they? I’m sure other people must do, or have done, things like this, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of them. Perhaps other artists do do them (‘do do’ Dave?), but they probably think that they won’t be of much interest to anybody and they chuck them away as soon as the paint’s dry…
You see, my angle on this technique, chucking sloppy bright paint around willy-nilly onto sheets of lovely expensive drawing paper, is that when the stuff has thoroughly dried, and doesn’t come off on your fingers, I examine the random shapes and blobs very carefully, and then I grab a fine black ink pen, and I draw round and enclose every paint mark I can see, both large and small, and even tiny. It makes the coloured mark or blob ‘stand out’ and stops it merging away into the surrounding white of the paper, especially if it is a pale one, it increases the ‘edge effect’.
‘What’s an edge effect?’
I don’t know.
‘You seem to be giving your secrets away here! Because these pieces are so eye-catching and attractive, and of course so quick and cheap to do, other people will steal your ideas and techniques and they’ll be selling them for lots and lots of cash!’
Well, that’s alright I suppose, I’m past caring. Artists have always stolen from each other, that’s the way it has worked for thousands of years.

Hey, look, do you see a scraggy flying blue bird holding a quill pen in its beak?
Oh really, I do…


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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2 Responses to Spatter painting No. 34…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    When are you entering the Dulltown art show? Awesome and I see the bird and quill.

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