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My partner Inge Schlaile (who paints under the name Schlinge) complained to me that red paint always takes longer to dry than other colours. For me, red means blood - I've seen a lot of it spilled in the Middle East.

"Red Never Seems to Dry Completely"

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse03 Sep 2013

(What the artist told me)

She paints like an otter swims:
Instinct, bold and lithe, guides her
Capture of elusive glinting expression.

Now in the heart of her canvas
An expansive splash of violence
Reveals to me an eternal truth:

Even in baking Levantine sun,
Even on hot absorbent stone,
Red never seems to dry completely.