Pass me those nails

Pass me those nails

After listening carefully to the client the other week regarding the tattoo design he wanted, and making copious notes, and checking he was happy with the design when I did a more in-depth drawing than the thumbnail we started with, there is still, always, that little niggle of a doubt at the back of my mind, that the client won’t like the piece of artwork I’m doing for them. Now, bearing in mind that over the years of doing commissions for people, I can only recall two people who weren’t happy – and one of those was when I was fifteen years old and a woman who my mother knew vaguely wanted me to paint a picture of her (deceased) dog and gave me the tiniest of black and white images to work from, but also a coloured postcard of a painting that someone else had done and said “Sparky looked JUST like that!” (See how much its scarred me, I can still remember the name of that bloody dog all these years later!) but when I presented her with the finished piece, she took one look at it and said “That’s not Sparky! Sparkys tail is slightly fuller, his nose is slightly longer, his ears are slightly rounder, his mouth is slightly more open!” and I slunk away to re-do it, but gave up, because to be honest was she was asking me to do the impossible with the information she’d given me, so I never did finish it for her, although she never asked me about it afterwards. And the other one that I can remember was for a client in California who was pernickerty to the extreme, rang me up specifically to tell me which colours I was to use in her painting, and which I was not allowed to use at all (and that was a first!) and then wanted me to do a duplicate of the painting I’d done on paper, which I dutifully did. And when I emailed her to show her that they were EXACTLY the same, agreed, and paid me, and I sent it off to her, only for her to tell me the day I’d posted it, that she actually wanted the original one, not the one we’d agreed, and argued with me that it was “better” than the one I’d sent. ER, no, it’s not. We agreed, it’e exactly the bloody same, and that’s the one I’ve sent you.

So, other than two demanding women asking the impossible, I’ve only ever had good feedback for the artwork I’ve done for people. But, that doesn’t stop that slight niggling doubt at the back of my mind when I do a commission for someone. And, I think it’s actually the same sort of thing that actors get when they go on stage. I know they feel anxious and sometimes are physically sick, and I certainly don’t have either of those sort of feelings! But, its that little bit of pressure that you put on yourself, that gets it right, and makes sure you work hard to please your audience.

So, when I finished the tattoo design, and emailed it to the client, I was hoping that he was going to be pleased with it. I always hope that of course…..

The reply came back almost at once, and I opened the email to read it, to find:


In one word, WOW nailed it completely.

 Am very happy with it.  

Thanks very much again

Big hugs when I see you


 Ok then, I’ll put that down as success! a “Wow” is always a good response. 🙂


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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