Once in a blue moon

Well, the view from my window is mostly of the white variety – a winter wonderland of frosted twigs and leaves reaching up to a cold clear white sky and snow on the ground and thick ice where the cars and footsteps have broken through the snow and its frozen solidly on it afterwards. I’m happy to have a day indoors, particularly as I have a sniffly cold and racking cough, and annoyingly can’t say where I got it from since it started on Monday and I reckon I must have picked it up on Friday and all I did then was go out and get petrol!

Anyway, I digress, it’s time for me to unveil my latest painting – the one that I talked about the other week, the one that I was inspired to paint very early in the new year as I saw the moonlight through winter trees and was struck by the shape that  I saw as a broken branch against the moon behind it which has fully inspired this picture. And I will just add to that, that a couple of days ago I saw the same trees in full daylight and went specifically to look for the special branch that inspired the picture, and stood in exactly the same place looking in the same direction, and even though I looked at all of the three or four trees that it related to, I couldn’t see it, not at all. So all I can surmise is that although the branch is obviously there, since I saw it clearly that night, and no I hadn’t had a drink before you make that comment, it was one of those moments in time of being in the right place at the right time and seeing it then because the moon focused my attention to it,  rather than artistic licence! Having said that, the picture here has enhanced parts in it, since I have created these trees to depict the image and the message I wanted to convey. And have added more to it than I saw on that crisp moonlit night. I know this is a simple picture at first sight as it only has four things in it -  two trees, the moon, and the sky. And it only has three colours in it, the blue of the sky, the cream of the moon and the silhouetted black of the trees. And that is why I had to get this very simple picture right, as the drawing had to be correct down to the tiniest of marks on the page and I had to repaint my first picture as the blue of the night sky wasn’t that lovely delicate greeny-blue of the night sky. But I’m really pleased with the simplicity of it and what is there in it, when you look closely.

So, I want to know, what can you see in the picture? What is is about?  I’ll give you a clue – its called “Once in a blue moon” and as you know – I love to hide things within my paintings…….

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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