Fairy Flowers by Peter Searle ( the Elder )

When I was very young and growing up in Queensland I had a secret hideaway where I could be in the shade and look out into our baking back yard. For company I had these flowers, which I dreamily thought of as tiny fairies ( or ‘faeries’ as I later used in spelling ). I’ve no idea what genus they belonged to, though they were possibly honeysuckle or jasmine, and I’m pretty sure the flowers I’ve painted don’t actually exist. It was a very long time ago, and this is how I remember them. To me they were simply fairy flowers, and a wonderful memory to cherish. I seldom paint reality, apart from despised portrait commissions which are fortunately few and far between. I found this painting in my portfolio, and thought I’d like to share it. It was painted loosely in oils, and there are obvious flaws in colour and composition. Anyway, I’ve decided to put it up, as it is different to most of my work, and the painting takes me back to a more innocent time, and pleases me.

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  • degillett
    degillettover 6 years ago

    A little piece of magic here! It succeeds very well to convey the sweetness of a child’s safe haven. Thanks for sharing!

  • A little more information. Very close to my hideaway my Mum grew rather sour Isabella grapes, and there was a macadamia nut tree, so I was never short of sustanence

    – Peter Searle ( the Elder )

  • Ciska
    Ciskaover 6 years ago

    What a beautiful thing to remember, a magical moment, I can see the little fairies too, well done Peter!!!

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

    You obviously have imaginative eyes Ciska. Thank you. I’m sure they were there, just as sure as I know I can find them in my garden or in the bush now. I only have to believe.

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraabout 6 years ago

    LOVELY flower scene…beautifully coloured in, too! ;-)

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