For Four Fores

My friend K called to see me this week, and as always it was really good to see him, to have a catch up chat, our usual shared laughter over mugs of hot sweet tea and to hear his interesting and informative latest news.  We’d got so much to say to each other and it was good to sit outside in the fitful summer sunshine whilst we talked. I offered him another,  rhetorical…..”more tea”, since I know he drinks as much of the beverage as I do,  and he accepted with a grin, and said “Ill have a look at your latest effort whilst you’re doing it” I turned back to him “EFFORT?????!” I queried. And he explained patiently to me “It’s not a masterpiece until its finished, until then it’s an “effort”!” “Ok” I acquiesced with a smile, although he was on iffy ground as far as I was concerned, I’ve not thought of my art as “efforts” for many years. They invariably turn out as I expect, and are always pieces of art from the first pencil line. I consider the word “effort” in this case to describe amateurish attempts at artwork that may or may not become a finished painting.  So, I don’t consider my paintings as “efforts”, not at all! It’s a good job he’s a good friend, for me to let him get away with that comment!!! LOL

But I was more than happy to show him the watercolour painting I’m currently working on for Stuart, of the interior of the Bothy at Calke Abbey. And he agreed with me how detailed the painting is! I’m really pleased with the way it’s progressing, and the drawing out that I’ve done of it. It was always going to be a difficult picture as I’m painting from half a dozen photos to make a whole room, although the photos can’t capture the whole room all together. It’s half painted, by now, and I may use a fine black sketching pen to pick out the detail afterwards, I’ll know for sure when I see how the painting has progressed and see how much it may be needed. And the surprising thing is – I’m loving doing it! Its great fun, and very challenging to draw all the tools, and paraphernalia of an ancient garden shed.

Today, a guy I have only met a couple of brief times before, came to my house on an unrelated to art matter. He and I stood chatting in the kitchen as we drank tea and coffee together (not mixed you understand, that would be the worst of both drinks!), and it was only in passing during the conversation that I mentioned that I’m an artist. “Aaaarrre you an artist?” he asked in wonder, and I nodded at him, and agreed that I was. I went on with the conversation, and skipped over the artist part. It was only when he was leaving the house, that he looked at the artwork on the walls and asked if I’d done it. “Yes!” I said. “What, ALL of it?” he asked, and I agreed with a broad grin that it was indeed all mine. He peered at one of the big cat watercolour paintings that I’d done and asked me how long it had taken. I appraised the picture he was indicating and said “MMMMmmm.. about 12 hours for that one” and he was flabbergasted at that answer and shot back with “Is that all…?” and I answered with a bigger grin “Well, I know what I’m doing!” and he nodded in understanding, especially when I went on to say a bit later on that a painting actually takes “12 hours AND forty years of experience” – THEN, he understood!!!!  🙂

And the reason for the strange title for this post…? Well, this is the four hundred and forty fourth blog post…… so I thought it worth a mention……. don’t you…?  🙂

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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