How about a spot of decalcomania?…

But first…
Dulltown UK/Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word golf

Decalcomania monoprint. 2010. Black acrylic paint on paper with pencil shading. About 16″ x 12″.

Well there they are, the little buggers!
Nine of ’em! Three by three!
You feel that you should grab a fork, reach out and spear one, hold it up, sniff it, and then confidently munch it down.
Would it be soft and gooey, or a bit clicky and crunchy between the molars?
‘Yes sir?’
‘Are we supposed to eat the hard spiky bits?’
‘One can please one’s self sir! Bon appétit!…’
No, but really, they are a bit whelk or snail-like, aren’t they?
Compositionally they’re pretty well-balanced on the sheet though – it would have been bad form to have one or two of them standing out and dominating the scene, like competing bad actors in a ropey play.
Which one of these do you think is the most cute dear reader?
Yes, I know, none of them are cute – you actually feel like scraping them off with a handful of tissues and dropping the disgusting things in a bucket. What sort of sound do you think they would make as they landed? It would be a galvanised steel bucket of course. Could you, do you think, describe that sound in a word? Even a made up word? Perhaps, tanque!… or blupta!… or even whethel, if they were a bit on the sloppy soft side…

By the way, if you fancy doing some decalcomania yourself, I posted some instructions and encouragements to get you started a while ago… Click!

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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5 Responses to How about a spot of decalcomania?…

  1. Roberto Zenit says:

    Hello Dave, I sent you message earlier today to ask you consent to use one of your decalcomania paintings to illustrate the technique is a paper that I am preparing for Physical Review. Did you get the message?

  2. Roberto Zenit says:

    I just saw it. Thanks again.

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