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My writer friend Stuart Hayward rang me this week to tell me he’d looked at my blog and website, and liked what he saw! And so he should I laughed, he’s been featured in it enough times! He seemed to be surprised at that, but I have drawn him quite a few times, and we chat regularly about what each of us is up to – writing about local places and people for him, art and writing about it for me, and I know he’s more than happy for me to mention his name, so I do! He’s only recently got himself a lap top and on the internet, so well done for doing that Stuart at your age, and for finding the things you are interested in, on it! It’s a massive place, and the world is just one click away, whatever world you’re looking for! And I know how much he likes humour in nudity, has an interest in the  fraility of age, the history of sport, roses and gardening, and the cleverness of worldplay, so the world is his rose coloured oyster card! 

 

As for my world, when I nipped into the printers in Ashby de la Zouch this week, the printer guy handed me the print I’d ordered from him and as I paid him, he asked me conversationally if I was interested in doing art commissions, since he is asked by his clients periodically if he knows of an artist who does. Of course! I replied, and then went on to tell him that I’m unusual in that I will paint anything for anybody, not just pet portraits, nor just figure drawing, not just landscapes, not just houses, or beloved relatives, although I have done all of those over the years for people, but any of those, or any permutation within them. In traditonal, surreal, fantasy or abstract style, in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pencil or ink.  I went on to tell him that earlier this year I did a landscape of the Royal Crescent at Bath, with ten specific people portrayed in it,  and their four dogs, with a restricted colour scheme, and a request for “no blue” (bearing in mind half of it had sky in it) and “no green” (bearing in mind another third of it was grass!) and the whole scene as “a windy day” (so I painted the wind as a silvery jagged entity all of its own), all of it looking dramatic against the heavy flock wall paper it was to hang on, and in oils, on a block canvas, for a Grade 1 listed property, and the gay guys who commissioned it, loved it and hugged me tight for doing it for them,as they thanked me. So, if I can paint that, I can paint anything, I told him. Ok, he looked a bit taken aback, at my outburst, but I knew I’d got the message across! 🙂

 

 

 …oh, and whilst I’m here, I’ll tell you about a conversation I had this week with another erotic artist who I have worked with at erotic art shows before. We were talking about there not being much money around and people looking for business where they can get it, and he made the comment that sometimes “The management don’t seem to have a feel for what people are looking for, they seem to be pushing sex toys and clothing. Which is ok…but when the RSPB have a stand…you have to ask ..what are they doing”

To which I replied “Really?  RSPB? ……. Royal Society for Perverted Buggers?”

Well, it made me laugh. And him! LOL

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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