The Quiet Edge of the Day. by pauldrobertson

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Bitumen on board. Yes… bitumen, like on the road.

bout a meter across.
Still got the original. Wierd.
I started this piece about 5 years ago and had it hanging in a fancy gallery in Queensland for a little while. I thought they had kept it as they generally did their very best in their expensive sensible shoes and craven sexless souls to fuck me over. This was my first experience of galleries, and I met it with a baffled sadness. I met everything with a baffled sadness at the time because I was once again a drowning man, despair filling me full and making me cry. The gallery also made me feel like a fool. Humiliation… ah well.
So I didn’t try and get it back. I found it a little while ago at my sister’s house; she had picked it up from the gallery somehow with her mysterious efficiency. I thought “hey that’s pretty cool I wonder what great artist has left a painting just lying around in my sister’s house? Oh it’s ME!”
I worked on it off and on for a couple of weeks and this is the result. I don’t actually remember who posed for me, my memory being as odd as it is. It has that aching sense that I am always always always aiming; struggling for like a hungry monkey… grappling with a greased up hairless human BANANA SUFFRAGE and EMANCAPATION SUPPORTER holding a melting banana double split.


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I have been writing my novel, which is so exciting i made my cat throw up last chapter I finished. Um… I spun her around saying “YAY!” too much. so i haven’t been painting anywhere near as much as i like to. (I’ve also been realllllllly sick. oh well.) Apart from painting I have a side-line in cat straightening – an uncommon skill that i learned in a dzong in Bhutan.

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  • blambert
    blambertalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Very peaceful and sensual.

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanalmost 6 years ago

    this is really beautiful .. there is an ache in this .. and i’m in awe that you’ve used bitumen (there is alot of ache in bitumen too) .. how creative .. t could imagine how much more tactile it is in true vision.

  • pauldrobertson
    pauldrobertsonalmost 6 years ago

    thanks nicole, and yeh it is so much more tactile and more… in general… in the actual painting existing in reality version…

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingalmost 6 years ago

    so much emotion in this one paul, incredibly moving

  • thanks heather :)

    – pauldrobertson

  • Brita Lee
    Brita Leealmost 6 years ago

    I always loved this. What you write about it is moving…how hard it is to be sensitive and an artist and have to interface with commerce to connect it to the world -. that’s what’s so great about redbubble.

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyalmost 6 years ago

    love it Paul

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryoralmost 6 years ago

    beautiful image…. lovely

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensalmost 6 years ago


  • rosepepper
    rosepepperalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful, sensual with a warmth that glows in the way the light comes through the window

  • hatefueled
    hatefueledalmost 6 years ago

    i love the legs! such a graceful pose.

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