Lunch and a lino design…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently finished re-reading:
Forgive me,’ he said, ‘don’t be cross with me, Margo. I can’t live without you. Look here, I’ve thought it all over. Drop your job. I’m rich. You shall have your own room, your own flat, anything you like…’
‘You’re a liar, a coward, and a fool,’ said Margo (summing him up rather neatly).

The thing about doing art, is that you need to do stuff that’s pretty much the same, because that’s what people expect, but at the same time you must be seen to move on, so they’re not going to get bored with you… Tricky eh?…

Now, down to lino prints.
Here I am at a fairly early stage, just toying with an idea for a design over lunch:

Yes, that meal looks pretty awful, doesn’t it? But it’s not. Me, I never really like the look of food, except perhaps colourful fruit and veg – it’s all the cooked fleshy dead stuff that really spoils the picture. Here we have a small tin of mackerel in curry sauce chucked on some buttered toast, with the odd smear of Marmite on it – I find it’s always worthwhile giving stuff like this a quick squirt of cider vinegar to kill off some of the oiliness…
But, back to the art:
I quite like doing those ‘L’-shaped things, the ones that suggest sunlit windows, without being too explicit. If you glance above the lunch and drawing you can see a stained lino block which has been already printed, that one has some ‘window’ ‘L’-shapes on it. But you won’t be seeing the prints dear reader; I did an edition of eight plus one, but after viewing them hanging there, drying on my indoor clothesline for a few days, I decided that I didn’t like the design much, and I ripped them all up. You have to do that now and again – I did feel better afterwards.
Yes, more of those windows. Then I had an idea – do you remember a while back I did a print with an unexpected owl in the composition? (click here)
Well, let’s bring him back! He can sit on one of the window sills, thinking, and looking out at us.
Mm… This mackerel on toast isn’t at all bad…

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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