Snippets on exhibition

Snippets on exhibition

I’m working flat out at the moment for my upcoming three day solo exhibition at Ravenstone next weekend. Which is why I’m blogging at midnight, again.

And as usual in my life anyway, I’m having other interesting conversations with friends and aquaintances regarding art, and artwork.  

One has raved over the flowers that I put on my blog the other week, how delicate and life like they look. They’ll be there, at the exhibition, I told her, you can see the pastel painting properly then when you come along.

Another said he’s looking forward to seeing my artwork since he’s heard me talk about it but not seen it for himself other than online, and knows his wife will be interested in coming along too.

Another said that he’s bought a lot of his artwork from Ikea but is looking to replacing it with something else. And he loves black and white images. I grinned, and said “Then, commission me!”

Another friend is  pagan, and I just know she’s going to really relate to my atmospheric watercolour painting of the heavy stones of  Stonehenge under a maelstrom sky entitled ” Awakening the unified energies”.  I can’t wait to see her reaction to it.

 But, even though all I’m concentrating on at the moment is this forthcoming exhibition, I have to reply to queries regarding commissions for other clients, one of whom I arranged to met over  the weekend, after a flurry of emails on the subject. It was good to sit down with him in the sunshine and discuss his ideas, and give him some food for thought regarding the possibilities for his specially bespoke erotic painting. He’s involved in the artworld and had a number of general arty questions for me as well which I was more than happy to answer. Like, for instance,  if you’re a model in a life class is it acceptable for the artists to take photos of you if you’re not happy with it (No, it’s not, I told him). We also discussed fantasy art, and creating your own world of the strange and exotic creatures in your head.  And the best thing he said that I was delighted to hear was “I’ve looked at your website and your prices are verrrry reasonable!” and I smiled back at him and thanked him for saying so, and that I tried to keep the prices fair for everyone.

But, now its back to exhibition work. And I’ve just finished another picture of Ravenstone, the second one completed this last few days. This one is in pen, and is a black and white image of the beautiful Almshouses there. The one I did last week is a watercolour of the three hundred year old building showing the length of  it with the beautifully manicured lawns stretched out in front of it. I’ll show the two pictures together in my next blog post so you can see what I’m talking about then.  But, here is a photograph in the meantime so you can see what I’m talking about.

Friends have promised to visit, and have promised to mention it to others who may be interested, so I expect a good turn out. I’m excited about it, and am looking forward to hearing what others think of my diverse artwork.

Someone asked me over the weekend if I’d be happy painting tiger paintings all day, every day, for the next thirty years. I shook my head at him, and said that I wouldn’t. I love painting tigers, but if I painted the same subject matter all the time I’d get stilted. I like the fact that I can be drawing a building in pen, then doing a seascape in pastel, then flowers in watercolour, fantasy figures in acrylics, and a dog portrait in oils. But, the best thing is, I don’t know what I shall be doing next, and perhaps that’s part of the fun, which I hope is encapsulated in this exhibition!

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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