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...

Spatter Painting No. 39…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: festering, matutinal, psammophilous, spondylous, wambly, and gargantuan. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Come on, let’s have a splash of colour this Northern Hemisphere frosty January morning! Here’s one of my bright spatter paintings for us … Continue reading

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Yes, I heard it on the BBC…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word bathyscaphe… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I may have mentioned this before in these pages, but I do find the British Broadcasting Corporation a bit cocky and annoying… ‘Oh … Continue reading

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Mail Art Postcard. No. 4539…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s imagined sound is that of all the components of a rock drum kit being thrown, one at a time, down some ancient marble steps in a reverberant cathedral. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s a mail art postcard! A … Continue reading

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Some snatches of overheard and misheard cafe conversation…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov‘s 1937-40 novel Despair: And those pines facing me, with their bark resembling reddish snakeskin drawn on tight, and their green fur which the wind was stroking the wrong way; and … Continue reading

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Gutter art…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: varve, vartabed, variscite, vasculum, vatic, and bolometer. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. As the professor will … Continue reading

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One or two shortish items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to unscrew the square inspection plate ‘X’ from the main trunk and stand it to one side; reach inside and carefully snip the green, blue, and black wires – you must not snip … Continue reading

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Brownlow and the Prof. on the road…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: bloated brown, attenuated auburn, gripe green, bucket blue, rollicking red, and puckered pink. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Brownlow! Brownlow! Stop faffing about and get into the bloody car!’ ‘Sorry professor, I was just checking my notes … Continue reading

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