Petar Meseldzija has kindly granted permission for me to use his painting on my blog. Thank you Peter, I’m very grateful, I hope that you do receive some traffic to your sites 🙂
I believe that a blog should be an interesting eclectic place. I’m not for the singular purpose blog, I think it’s becoming redundant these day. So I like to have a variety of things going on and topics, I think it adds to reader’s (and my) interest. I often find posts get unexpectedly reblogged or commented on. I get to see some new faces, always happy for that. Just my take.
I came upon Petar’s painting when I was looking for Dragon images. Today is actually the most relevant today, because it’s St George’s today in UK (I think they may celebrate elsewhere, but don’t know !). The poll I did a couple of posts ago – “Nudity In Art” – Don Charisma’s Opinion has a landslide majority (96.88% 31 votes for, 1 against) of people who want me to post this post, so here it is.
As a young professional man working in London, it takes quite a lot of getting used to. A lot of the time it’s pretty grey, people aren’t exactly warm and friendly. If I’m honest there’s usually an air of mild-hostility on the underground trains, especially when it’s busy. No one really want to be in the tunnels or on the train with the stale already breathed air, which becomes incredibly humid, it’s quite unsettling actually. Or being forced together by the overcrowding.
Day after day travelling in London’s tube is a bit of grind actually. Imagine then my surprise one day walking along the platform and I see an advertising poster with a naked lady on it. I nearly fainted, no, that’s just not possible, the British are such prides they would never allow that. I looked more closely and yes it was a full frontal nude. What did become apparent is that it wasn’t actually a photo, but a painting, an advert for an art gallery or exhibition. I don’t remember which, the surprise and delight on seeing the lady was obviously too much for my masculine brain to process. Very much made my whole day, and I still remember it vividly enough to write about it. Just very beautiful to look at, really, bottom line.
Personally I find there’s much beauty in people that we don’t get to see due to “modesty”. So these are some of the reasons why I wanted to post this very beautiful painting by Petar Meseldzija. It’s definitely a favourite of mine, and I hope many of you will enjoy too, on today, St George’s day.
Petar Meseldzija’s “St. Georg and the Dragon”, 2000 (Click on the image for a larger look)
Petar’s blog : http://petarmeseldzija.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html
Petar’s website : http://www.petarmeseldzijaart.com/
Interestingly there is quite a racy story behind the painting and St George, which I didn’t know before and hence the nude in the painting. It’s well worth a visit to Petar’s blog – you can read about it there.
Lastly, prior to starting my blog I had no clue what art was about, I didn’t understand it or the word. I thought it was the preserve of the extremely talented, something one had to study for a long period of time. It transpires that art is not meant to be elitist, it’s for everybody. Everybody has a potential artist in them, one of the things I was trying to demonstrate with my two recent art prompts – Art – Don Charisma’s Prompt AND Paint – Don Charisma’s Prompt, AND the conclusion Art And Paint – Don Charisma’s Prompts – Conclusion
Thank you dear followers for encouraging me to post. Thanks to Petar for his kind permission and trusting me to write about his work – I hope I’ve done justice to it my friend, and I hope I’ve added to it with sharing a little of my own perspective.
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Petar Meseldzija’s “St. Georg and the Dragon”, 2000 (c) Petar Meseldzija (Published with permission from Petar)
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