Whilst I’m starting one painting I am usually semi-consciously thinking of the next one. You may think that’s a bit silly to be half thinking of one painting when I should be fully concentrating on the current one. But there is a reason for it. I find that when I haven’t got a painting in the planning stage that its far harder to get going on the idea from scratch. Its actually a lot easier for me to have the idea half formed whilst I’m working on another, and then I can flow from one to the other far easier, almost seamlessly.
And that is the case at the moment, as I work on the living flame erotic couple (which is looking really good, so far). Because I plan the next painting to be an erotic landscape, possibly one featuring trees in a woodland setting, and maybe with water.
So, when I attended an art workshop today, on the subject of “landscape in pastel”, I wondered what subject matter to take a long as my source material, and decided that the basic “landscape” for the “erotic landscape” would be ideal. Hmmmm…….. I looked through piles of my photos looking for something to inspire me, and came across the ones I took in the Lake District last year. Ideal! Well, actually, not totally ideal (can you get “not totally ideal” ? No, I don’t think so, but you know what I mean!). Anyway, the subject is ideal. Its the weather that wasn’t. It was a dull day. Because it rains a lot in the Lake District (an awful lot in the Lake District!) and the day I was there it was overcast with the threat of rain. And that doesn’t make for good photos. But, if you’re only there in that place for an hour in your whole life, you’ve got to make the most of it, and take the photo, even if the lighting is all wrong. And that’s what I did………………
And that’s what I worked from today for my pastel. The picture I did was ok, not excellent, but ok, but then that’s good for a workshop. I enjoyed doing it, I enjoyed the day, I enjoyed being with my artist friends. A couple of them asked me during the day if I was going to hide an erotic woman or couple within the painting, and I smiled. And at the end of the session, when the tutor took his final look at it, I casually said the sentence that usually has a “shock effect” on all the other tutors I’ve said it to………….. the one that is “I’m an Erotic Artist and I’m planning on hiding an erotic couple within the painting…………” And then I wait. For the stunned expression, the look of shock and horror. And this time, it was me who was surprised. Because the tutor nodded in total understanding, and started pointing at various parts of the painting saying “Yes, you could put one here, or here, there, or over there…………..”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Still, it was nice to have that response, even if it was an unexpected one!!!!! LOL