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One of the first painting I put on Red Bubble after joining, so it’s been around the block a few times. When I first discovered I had cancer I produced some paintings which I believed would help me through the shock of the time. Drugs actually worked much better! This one is, I think, metaphysical. I’m not dead yet, and misery can have its own rewards. 45 cm x 60 cm acrylic glazes and acrylics on a canvas panel.

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  • degillett
    degillettalmost 6 years ago

    Firedancing!! Great colours too. Composition lets you down a bit though- but such great possibilities to develop further!

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...almost 6 years ago

    Hmmm. That’s a worry. This painting was the developed one. I’ll have to track down the buyer and ask them to burn it. If possible I’ll go along for the ceremony and dance in the fire: Will be excellent practice for Hell!

  • degillett
    degillettalmost 6 years ago

    Please don’t tell me developing an idea can ever be finite!! There goes my whole career strategy up in flames. Bugger- looks like dancing lessons are in order for both of us.

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...almost 6 years ago

    Silly silly silly. Of course it cannot be. You have beauty, youth, and so much talent. I have ugliness, decrepitness, and so little talent that I shouldn’t even be here. When I paint I now mostly use the prohibited empirical self-sufficiency approach to composition, leaving didactics in their rightful place in Pandora’s paintbox. I’m more interested in putting out an idea as quickly as possible, as there are still so many things to try to do before I become totally incapable. I’d much rather stumble on with my symbolism and speed. Though I do admit I would very much like to take the time to lie back in awe and wonder and watch you dance, you remarkable cherished person.

  • degillett
    degillettalmost 6 years ago

    The only kind of awe in my dancing would have to be awe-ful! LOL
    We need two gifts to call ourslves artists- the ability to persevere being paramount. You, Elder, have persevered. The question of talent is not mine to answer, but i am grateful to have this chance to see your thought provoking works.

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...almost 6 years ago

    You’re so sweet. A little bird told me you work hard at keeping yourself trim, taut, and terrific, so I’ll ignore your dreadful play on words. ( Not one of your rather brightly coloured birds, but a little grey one we both know and love). I think you would dance in the style of Isadora Duncan ( barefoot, dressed in clinging scarves and faux-Grecian tunics, she created a primitivist style of improvisational dance to counter the rigid styles of the time – have to admit I stole that from Wikipedia ) , as you have that joyous lust for life. Anyway, it pleases me to imagine you dancing. You say some terribly nice things and I’m pleased you call my work thought provoking. Honestly though, I have very limited talent, but I do, I suppose, persevere. It’s a strange thing about birds: The acorn does not fall far from the tree. Your mama paints them, and they’re an obsession of mine, and also my son’s. I will endeavour to put some of mine on RB today, as I was hoping to make time to add to my gallery, but I fear you will find them rather insipid and contrived. Will 2009 be wonderful? I hope so.

  • Ciska
    Ciskaalmost 6 years ago

    What a beautiful painting, to be intouch with your soul is remarkable, it helps us to keep going on with life. Will 2009 be wonderful, yes if you want it to be!!!! I can understand where you are coming from, and I found putting out what you want to feel, even if it is extremely hard, makes you want to keep going on and finding interests in life. If down, paint to your hearts content, if happy, paint to your hearts content, either way you will succeed in putting down your thoughts and feelings. Isn’t that, that makes us artists???

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...almost 6 years ago

    Ah Ciska, what a piquant observation. I have big hopes for 2009, and actually feel as if I’d like to be around to look back fondly on it in 2010, and 11, and 12 etc.

  • Ciska
    Ciskaalmost 6 years ago

    I came across this one again, and I found I need to be intouch with my soul, and I need to paint to my hearts content, a definate fav for me!!!

  • imahe  nasyon
    imahe nasyonover 5 years ago

    this is beautifully done, definitely a one of a kind great piece of art ! more power to you peter.

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