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Re-connecting

I’m still waiting patiently for my internet to be set up at the new house, so am having to blog where I can, on other computers. Not an ideal situation, but one I can work around, until I’m set up. At least I’ve got a landline now, althought that was a farce in the background to set that up! Having spent 26 minutes on the phone last week trying to get through to someone (well, three “someones” actually!) to be told that my details were wrong, and they wouldn’t speak to me unless I gave them my reference number (which I hadn’t got on me, as I wasn’t at home, and hadn’t expected to speak to them on that day, else I’d have taken the reference number with me!). Only to be told, when I’d given them my name, address, date of birth and new phone number, that the details I had given them were wrong. “No they’re not”. “Yes, you’ve got the birth date wrong”.  Sigh. “No I haven’t”. “Well, its not what we’ve got written down here”. “Well you’ve got it wrong, not me”. “Well, you can’t give us the date written down here, so we won’t speak to you”. “BUT, YOU’VE GOT IT WRONG, NOT ME!!!! Like you got my title wrong, my address incomplete, and now my date of birth you’ve got wrong, too!!!!” “Well. we still won’t speak to you…..” I put the phone down in complete and utter frustrated anger. Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!

So,the next day, when the phone engineer arrived on the doorstep to set up the landline, he was a very welcome sight! I told him about the conversation I’d had with the service provider and he said he couldn’t understand why it takes ten working days for anything to happen regarding changing lines, putting lines in, putting the internet in, or setting up the internet, and his summing up of it was “admin!” – so due to even more “admin” I’m having to wait another fortnight for internet connection……………

But, all of that waiting for phone lines being installed was over shadowed by a conversation I had yesterday with a painter and decorator. He was doing some decorating work at a house I was visiting, where my artwork was hanging on the wall. He knew that I had painted it, and he raved over it – the colours, the light, the subject matter. I thanked him, and had a big cheesy grin on my face as we talked, and I got more and more animated as I descibed other artwork I’d done – of portraits of  much beloved and much missed people for grieving families, soulful pets, special scenes, erotic art (to which he responded, “If any man tells you he’s not interested in erotic art, he’s lying!” which brought a bigger grin to my face!), the fantasy fannies, abstracts, surreal art, camouflage art with hidden messages, and erotic landscapes. His eyes widened with every description, and he said he’d look at my website with great interest. And as I got all fired up with the telling of what I’d achieved, I realised how much I’ve missed it this last year, whilst I’ve been sorting out my life, and finding somewhere new to live, and setting up my new house and studio. I can’t wait to fire my passions up again, and find new artworks to paint, new commissions to enliven peoples lives with, new galleries to hang my work, new places to sell my pictures.

And more people to tell, about what I do, and what I can do for them.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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