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By peter-richardson, Oct 21 2014 05:44PM

For the fifth in this series of daily speed paintings, I fixed on the dread term 'stakeholder'. Politicians want everybody to be a 'stakeholder' as it means that people are invested with society (not such a bad idea), and as a consequence will be more receptive to their blandishments.

The touchstone for this idea was that memorable moment in Hammer Films legendary 1958 production of 'Dracula' when the Count, played by Christopher Lee, is awaked from his slumbers by the staking of his vampiric hand maiden by Jonathan Harker. Harker has left the staking a little late and by the time he has recovered from the stresses of banging a stake into Valerie Gaunt's ample bosom, the sun is going down and time is no longer on his side, a state of affairs accentuated by Dracula's leer as the sun rays on the wall of his crypt fade and darkness descends.

By peter-richardson, Oct 20 2014 11:00AM

"One Size Fits All" Has to be one of the most asinine cliches ever devised by the political chatterocracy—what do you do?

Perhaps something like this:

By peter-richardson, Sep 11 2014 09:20PM

This one was tricky—'Complete No-Brainer'. I tried not to make it too tasteless—I leave it to you to judge whether I achived this desire.

By peter-richardson, Sep 11 2014 09:15PM

'The Elephant in the Room' has got to be one of the most over-used phrases for describing the truth apparent to all that dare not reveal itself. Here I had fun with it as the springboard for a painting that brings with itself a lot of back story.

Who is the little girl and who are her companions?

By peter-richardson, Sep 9 2014 04:55PM

Today's very topical cliche was 'Fiscal Cliff'. The image that hove into my mind's eye as I was working on this was Gustav Dore's vertigo inducing 'Matterhorn Disaster'. This illustrated the dreadful moment when on the descent from the Matterhorn four members of Edward Whymper's team plunged to their deaths when the least experienced member of the team lost his footing and cannonaded into the other three members behind him (one of whom was cutting steps for him). The only thing that saved Whymper and the two guides was the rope snapping.

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