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oil on canvas 1.2m x 90cm by Maria Paterson
from the light and the dark series

Original work available

The dreams of the circus child know nothing of limits and everything of flight;
her dreamscape is painted
in convorting cascading colours
She hangs upon the air
Her fantasies’ willing captive

Words by Sue Mahoney

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abstract, children, circus, maria paterson, oil on canvas, performing, movement

Working in traditional mediums,pastels,oil,ceramics.Using these mediums I seek to express my surroundings by weaving a tapestry of colours through my work and seeking the abstract within.

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  • Louise Cooke
    Louise Cookealmost 5 years ago

    this has so much mystery and fascination for me….love the motion and energy here…beautiful!

  • thankyou louise, its lovely to get a comment on this one, glad you like it

    – maria paterson

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 3 years ago

    Hi Maria….this has such a wonderful feeling, like in a dream. I love the movement you show……so beautiful.
    I am heading to add it large over at your gallery.

  • thankyou elizabeth, im glad you like it

    – maria paterson

  • Ina Mar
    Ina Marabout 3 years ago

    Maria, this is as ethereal as a dream world! I love the way you captured the movement… It looks like a motion blur effect. I feel like I am this girl, half-asleep, going towards my fantasies to catch them. You transpose the viewer from simple observer to dreamer.

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonabout 3 years ago

    Thankyou so much, your comments are a delight to my ears!

  • Steve Wilbur
    Steve Wilburover 2 years ago

    Actually I couldn’t decide which “Circus” picture to favourite (I’m far to lazy to favourite them all) because I love the entire series. Your works capture the Dream of the circus. Truly outstanding, and inspiring.

  • thanks so much steve, this series is dear to my heart, so im glad you enjoyed them.

    – maria paterson

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