No. 208: The Red Buddha
"What's this then?" asked his next-door neighbour, Abigail, during one of her brief and always undesired visits to his studio.
"It's called 'The Red Buddha', he told her "I like the other colours better than the Buddha's red," Abigail ventured. "I really like all that gold, and that vertical streak of orange."
"What's wrong with the red?"
It's sullen," said Abigail. "It's the colour of hot brick."
"That's okay," he said.
"And why is the Buddha figure up so high in the painting?" "Transcendence,"
"Oh, said Abigail brightly, you mean like updraft?"
"Uplift," he told her quietly.

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