Breaking out of the circle

Breaking out of the circle

I know I want to do a blog post on the 12.12.12  but not sure exactly what I’m going to say til I write it. But here goes…..

Mm… my thoughts…. I’m in a bit of a lull and not sure exactly what I want at the moment. I always try to be positive and upbeat, but its been a bit more of an effort this last couple of weeks. But thinking back on it, I don’t know why I’m surprised, its usually like this in December. I suppose I live in hope that I’m going to be given a fabulously exciting commission to do for Christmas, but instead it all goes quiet as people buy toys, electrical goods, clothes, games and books to be opened on Christmas day. Not many people have paintings for Christmas, although I’ve done a few for people over the years.  

So, instead, I do all the usual jobs of Christmas:-  writing cards and sending them out to my friends, making my favourite white Christmas cake and mince pies, buying and joyfully wrapping presents, decorating the house with greenery and twinkling lights.

And look beyond it to the time when the new year starts and people begin to think again of artwork. And to that end I’ve had two interesting and diverse conversations that may (or may not, you never can tell) lead on to doing some artwork for new clients… but have to wait for them to gather their thoughts on the subject matter before I can discuss it in full with either of them…..

I’ve made a decision not to go ahead with an exhibition in London that I think will cost me more to attend than I’ll make on it. I’ll wait to hear the feedback from others who are exhibiting there to see if I’m right. And have to accept the consequences if I’ve got it wrong.

And I still need to find a “place” to sell my art more regularly. That place may be a physical place, it may be a gallery, it may be via a third party, it may be an auction house, it may be online, it may even be via ebay although that’s very hit and miss too. Its the age old problem for all artists, and I hear it a lot at the moment with all my arty friends….that there is still a recession on, that art isn’t selling, that people haven’t got money to buy art, that the artist is giving the art away (a throw back to starving artists working in a garret, I feel we’re in). I hear it so often like a long playing record.

And this is where my problem lies. Where is the inspiration to paint art, if I haven’t sold the recent stuff I expected to? And this is where it goes around in circles for an artist.

So, I have to break that circle.

But, at which point?

And how? 


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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