Author Archives: Dave Whatt

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...

Cabins and shacks…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s smell is that of pungent marijuana smoke drifting down from a nearby open attic window. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Call me Ishmael…’ ‘Eh?…’ ‘Ishmael!…’ ‘Oh, alright, er, Ishmael… So what’s this, here?’ ‘This is the captain’s cabin.’ ‘It’s … Continue reading

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I think it’s time for a lino print…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word entablature. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lino print in oil based ink on nice thin Kizuki paper about A4 in size. Is it ‘contrasty’ enough for you dear reader? … Continue reading

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A satisfying conclusion…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “The original hound was material enough to tug a man’s throat out, yet he was diabolical as well.” “I see that you … Continue reading

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A few short, but pithy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: optical orange, sucking sienna, bamboo blue, groaning green, ridiculous red, and the odd colour of the curtains at number twenty-three down the road. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Excuses for being late. No. 391. I’m … Continue reading

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Two very nice colours…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like the sound of a country trying to leave the European Union without causing too much upset… This teapot is a very messy pourer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now, dear reader, … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s really nice fish names are: the Canary Rockfish, the Cherubfish, the Flabby Whale Fish, the Luminous Hake, and the Barbeled Houndshark. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Wendy, it’s just like a mound-full.’ ‘Just check the diameter Paul, the old … Continue reading

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The alphabet boys…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one introducing all the guests to the world of phillumeny and forcing them to look at his bulging albums of matchbox labels. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘I’m thinking of changing my name.’ … Continue reading

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