I’ve been working on the pen and ink Christmas card design of the three kings this week, and fighting the urge to incorporate a naked woman among them, as per the suggestion I’ve had from a couple of irreverent and naughty friends!! Not that there’s a deadline on it until the end of September, but it needs doing and I’d rather to do it and get it out of the way so that I can concentrate properly on the Fantasy Fannies/Pussy Portrait set of paintings that have been put on hold since last September. I really don’t like having had to put them to one side, as they’re really very important and special to me and I think they will be to the women in question who I’m painting in such an intimate way – I’m itching to get working on them, and am very excited at the prospect of doing them. But unfortunately, a lot of things have been stopping me getting on with them, but now the way is clear, and I can start work very soon! YAY!!
As well as that this week I’ve re-vamped another old painting – a third! (I’m on a roll!) and am again delighted at the end result that a bit more paint, and lots more knowledge, can revitalise a mediocre painting into a special one, worthy of hanging on a wall. This one is a vanilla painting of some old fishermen cottages at Prussia Cove in Cornwall that I originally did a number of years ago. Its along a quiet and secluded dusty track to the sea and the cottages were ideal to paint – really very picturesque with their old stone walls, rusty roofs and bright blue peeling paint! I went over the paintings with bright Windsor blue, and dramatic burnt sienna, and added a touch of violet to the shadows, as well as added detail and splatter to the mass of foliage in the foreground and the thatch of the first cottage roof. I also cut down the painting to a smaller size than the original, which makes it a more interesting and exciting composition. I’m really pleased with it now, even though its not a greatly exciting subject matter (for me!). Maybe it will be for someone else.
And this week I received the phone call I’ve been waiting for – the woman who had the dog portraits painted for her husbands birthday was delighted with them, and so was her husband, fortunately! She kindly rang me to give me the feedback of his reaction, which was all positive and good. She’s also told all her friends about the paintings I’ve done, and sung my praises so maybe I’ll get more commissions through her. At this rate, I’ll be better advertising at Crufts rather than the erotica shows!!! Can you be an erotic artist AND be good at dogs? Don’t answer that, I think I’m gonna regret asking that question!!!!! LOL