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Windows on the world

There I was, quietly working away, when…

The phone rang…….
I answered it (as you do….)

“Hello, can I speak to Mrs G”
“She doesn’t live here any more”
“Oh. (pause) Are you the new home owner?”
Cautiously I replied with a “Yes”, waiting for the loaded next question….
“In that case, do you know that your windows need replacing?” she chirpily asked.
“Do they? Why is that then?” I asked her.

“Because they’re ten years old!”
“Are they indeed?” I replied with a smile “How are you aware of that?”
She paused, obviously reading something in my amused tone.
“Have you replaced them recently?” she asked me suspiciously.
“No, I haven’t” I replied crisply, with an inward smile.
“In that case they need replacing, because they’re ten years old!”
“Mmm….. that’s interesting that you think that ,as the house is actually only EIGHT years old……………………………..”

I came away from the phone with a smile. And then a thought. Maybe I ought to check with Mrs G who I bought the house from in December, who bought it from brand new, to see if the windows ARE infact ten years old. Perhaps they stood alone and freely on the building site for two years before the house was actually built………………

I went back to the job I was doing. Working on the erotic abstract which was coming along nicely. I’d started with an image that was definitely erotic, and drawn it out as a line drawing, which just simplified the basic shapes. But, it was still erotic, and quite obvious to anyone as to what it was. And then came the fun bit. To take that basic image and disguise the shapes and lines. To do that, I looked at where the image had light and dark areas that merged together, forgetting the lines of the bodies, and just looking at the shapes and how they appear together, and marrying them together, making them less obvious. That already makes the image far more abstract. But the next stage will be to take each of those shapes and change the tones for contrasting ones, as that will disguise the shapes even more so. So where there is light, I will make it darker, and where it is dark or medium tones, I will lighten them. I’m hoping that at the end of it, even I will have problems seeing what is where. Then it will truly be abstract.

But, not to the point where you can’t see what is what, if you know where to look…. and how to look at it…….. its just tricking the eyes, and then teaching them how to look in a different way……

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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