Walpurgis Nacht by Peter Searle ( the Elder )

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Witches, Devils, Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism, Orgies. All in a night’s work for the Pagan Celebration on April 30 to May 1. The participants are shown here in the light of the traditional bonfire. The activity is frenzied, and in the painted figures ( done in the sgraffito technique ) all meld together into obscene groups in a forest clearing. The Christian Church somehow was able to swallow up the original meaning, but without all the fun stuff. Nobody but myself seems to like this rather dark 34 cm x 48 cm glazed acrylic painting on panel.

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  • Elizium
    Eliziumover 5 years ago

    I think this is absolutely amazing…the movement of the characters against a wonderfully organic and dirty green is truly sumptuous…I love how you’ve used the woodland to frame the piece.

    Elizium x

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...over 5 years ago

    Bloody Hell, Elizium with comments like this my head is likely to explode. If that were to happen it would drive the forensics people insane with no weapon around, as the times I’ve contemplated it was when, to quote you from your brilliant Habitual ‘I kiss
    the smoothness of a gun’. I’ve toyed with mine many times.

  • Elizium
    Eliziumover 5 years ago

    Peter…I am truly grateful that you just toyed and nothing more!!…your art, writing and being deserve a long life…may you continue to inspire…I am truly honoured that our paths have crossed!!

    Elizium x

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...over 5 years ago

    It’s a bit like a drug, and sometimes it is so tempting. Fortunately my fear of Death is stronger than my curiosity, as that’s one big trip you can’t come back from. I too am truly honoured our paths have crossed Elizium, as it helps enormously knowing kindred spirits exist.

  • Sebastiaan Koenen
    Sebastiaan Koenenover 5 years ago

    Great colors and dark atmosphere Peter!

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...over 5 years ago

    Really pleased you looked and liked Sebastiaan ‘cos very few who saw it said much more than they’d like to vomit on it.

  • Jonesy7
    Jonesy7over 5 years ago

    I Love this..everything about it. It has a very real raw energy, and immense depth. very spritual.

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