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Insights into my world

Insights into my world

Sometimes when it’s time to write a blog post, there’s an easy subject to write about – the latest painting I’m working on, the latest strange conversation that’s made me laugh, the latest visit to something that relates to art or erotica.  But that’s giving the impression that I only do the odd thing every few days that relates to art.

And that’s not the case at all…. oh NO!

Everything   I    do    relates   to    art. It is in me, all the time. Even when I’m doing other things, shopping in Tesco, chatting to my sister on the phone, watching a film with my fella, eating a meal, reading a novel, its there in the background…. my core…

Hearing other people mention their favourite artist, or painting, and wanting to find out more about them.

Travelling home tonight, just before twilight, when the cars are at that point of some having headlights on fully, some have sidelights, and some none at all, I drove down a long stretch of road, from the top of a hill, and looked up to the far horizon and was immediately struck by the cloud formations, the golden yellows of the fluffy parts of the late-sun washed whites of the clouds, and the bruised dark blueygreyeyblueypurples of the storm clouds after the rains. The deep rich emperor purples of the other clouds, the turquoise pale blue of the sky behind, and all fading down to the far hills of the distant horizon, a faint off beat lavender colour amongst the faded blues. And all of that was captured in a minute of viewing it, whilst driving. And it filled my heart with joy to see it, as I smiled to myself, and knew I wanted to get a paintbrush to capture it on canvas – mixing the oils there and then, to paint all I could see before me. The picture, focal point, and subject matter was all there. Nothing else needed to be added at all.

Listening to music, some  just background, in the day, but what I choose to listen to is the stuff that makes me want to dance, feel alive, feel the force within me – Rihanna, Lady Gaga, David Guetta, Darude,  The Black Eyed Peas . The music makes me smile, makes me want to paint, helps make me paint! Happily keeps me up til gone midnight, working on a painting!

Standing in the garden, with a cup of tea in hand, noting the way the sunlight backlights through the pale leaves and plants as they clamber over the fence and thinking that would be perfect to capture for a painting. 

Looking at the fascinating abstract shapes, made by soap bubbles in the sink/oil on tarmac/chopped peppers for a stirfry/the cats dinner!

Watching anyone who goes anywhere near my “drawing pencils” wanting to “borrow one” for DIY jobs – Er No you can’t!

Having friends around for drinks, and loving their positive and upbeat reactions to my artwork hanging on the walls.

And the lure of walking past my studio. Knowing what lies within, a painting, half finished, calling to me……. to complete it…….

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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