Turn it up and turn it on

I knew today would be the day that I would (technically) finish the oil painting I’ve been working on. I say technically, because “all” I had to do was finish the background, a background that was to be hazy and soft with a mix of colours, the clients said. Ok, that’s easy enough to do. Technically. Until you start on it, and then realise that it isn’t. But I had expected that. Because although the man and woman in the painting were finished, I still needed the colours around them to be the colours that they were, and most of that was a dark french blue, because that made the flesh tones stand out more, and gave more form to them. But I didn’t necessarily want the whole of the background to be blue, because that would have seemed cold and not so appealing as other warmer colours. Some mixing was in order then, with the background merging from dark to light across the canvas, and from blues to reds to creams to pinks to oranges to whites to mauves to fawns to mint greens to blues again as well.

Onto my palette I squeezed out titanium white, cadmium red, french ultramarine blue, raw sienna, lemon yellow and burnt sienna, exactly the same colours that I had used to paint the couple in the picture, because that would bring unity to the picture in the harmonising colours. Then started to paint, where I felt I wanted specific colours, knowing that the others would flow into them. But……. they didn’t. Hmmmm……. keep going, its all texture to the paint on the canvas and will add depth of colour. Ten minutes later, I stood back, and looked again. No, that’s not fully right either, well it is in places, but not in others. Hit and miss…………… Hmmmm…… mug of hot sweet tea while I stand back and contemplate.

Ah! I know, now, what I need. And its not more paint – it’s


Loud music. Not the usual ones that “do it” for me - nah, it had to be the hard core version! Big Club Hits! Yeh! That’s it. And turn it up loud.

Ooooh yeh! That did it – like a bolt of inspiration pulsating through my brain and arm – the paint flowed on, the colours merged, the brush flew across the canvas, fast, faster still. And more again. Done, I stood back, breathing evenly but deeply as I realised how galvanised I’d been - and the proof was there before me – the colours worked, the mixing was subtle but well executed. Anyone looking at that picture would know that the artist painted the background with confident strokes.

And, it looks great.


It’s an old trick, but it works for me.



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.

One Comment

  1. Oct 11, 2012

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