Yes, that lino print’s done now…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 novel Laughter in the Dark, which I recently finished re-reading:
The darkness inside the taxi slid and swayed as quarters and halves and whole squares of ashen light passed from window to window across it. Margot was sitting so near that he felt the blissful warmth of her body. ‘I shall die or go off my head if I can’t have her,’ thought Albinus…

A few days ago dear reader, I made you look at a photograph featuring some curried mackerel thrown onto some toast, which was waiting to be eaten, and a design for a lino print involving some ‘three-dimensional’ sunlit forms (which could be windows), and also a little feathered friend. (click here)
I expect you’d like to see the finished print.

The Unexpected Owl. No. 2. Oil-based ink on nice thin Japanese Kizuki paper about A4 in size. 2020.

Yes, this cute, but stolid, owl turned up unexpectedly in an earlier print of mine, the one which had a strange staircase in it. (click here)
Just looking at this work with ‘fresh eyes’, as the saying goes, it looks to me a bit too much like a waffle – it’s something to do with that widened border giving the thing depth. Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned that? Do you think the ‘waffle’ idea might detract from the aesthetics? Owl on a Waffle? No, don’t think so, but then, we could call this Surrealism – you can get away with anything under that banner!
‘How would you describe this work Dave?’
I don’t think I would describe it – what would be the point of that? I reckon there’s far too much describing going on in the art world, and not enough looking
If he, or she, was a pet owl, what do you think their name would be?… Me, I think I’d plump for Maurice…

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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