Christmas all wrapped up, but that’s opened something hidden

Christmas all wrapped up, but that’s opened something hidden

It’s done.

Christmas that is.

All presents bought and wrapped,  all cards written and sent. My favourite white Christmas dried fruit and walnut cake made and slowly marinating in its own fragrant flavours of almond and vanilla and citrusy lemon and zesty orange peel.  The mince pies are made and sitting ready in their airtight tin awaiting visitors. And as of today the tree is up, with great help from my cat who felt that every new box full of shiny baubles should be explored fully and the contents batted around and under the furniture, getting overly excited as he rampaged around the room, tried to eat the lit string of fairy lights as I unravelled them before he fell asleep in the box that holds the Christmas tree, along with the greenery within, looking like some cute woodland creature tucked away in a forest of fake fir. Later on I will find the spiced orangey room scent that makes the lounge smell totally of Christmas, and will avoid putting out the Quality Street til nearer to Christmas day itself as I know that with their bright shiny inviting wrappers they are so difficult to resist….mmmmm…. chocolate….. milky chocolate, mmmmmchocolate……

So I’m ready for Christmas.

And finding this month in particular one of contemplation and reflection…..


Because I know that I have work waiting for me on the other side of Christmas, but not currently. Its the way it sometimes is at this time of year after the flurry of rushing around, and although its a sort of enforced waiting time, its giving me time to look back at things that have happened this year that might not have gone exactly how I would have liked or planned. But, that doesn’t mean that they are bad, they have each brought their own benefits in other directions. Nothing is lost, just not exactly gained in the way I would have perhaps liked. But then, that means that I makes me think about them in this quiet time.

Thinking time can be as useful as working flat out sometimes…….

And the answers are starting to form in my head in the meantime.


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.