Abstracting the secret code

Abstracting the secret code

One of my blog posts from a few weeks ago has sparked off an interesting conversation, which has led to a meeting this week to discuss it in further depth. The meeting took longer than probably both sides expected and that was mostly because of the subject matter.

Now, bear in mind that I always say I can paint anything for anybody, that I like a challenge, that I can paint any subject, in any media, that I like abstract art, surreal art, and traditional art,  that I like hiding things and secret messages within a picture. Bear all of that in mind, and then hear what the client wants me to do.

He wants me to paint a landscape.

He wants a certain type of weather to be within the picture.

He wants the picture to be a natural landscape of hills, trees, rivers, grass.

He wants a certain period of history to be part of the picture, that may be depicted in a building or buildings.

There might be certain types of creatures within the picture, but there won’t be any animals, or fish, and certainly not any mermaids.

He doesn’t want anything within the picture to be stronger than anything else, like a large rock in the foreground, or a big tree.

He wants the whole thing to look like a pleasant landscape.

And yet, there will be things hidden within that landscape that only he and I know will relate to other things. And he wants me to put those things within the picture. And just to make it even more interesting, these things are abstract concepts.  He has told me in some depth what these abstract items will be, but he is leaving it to me to think of the ways of depicting them. But, he doesn’t want them painting in abstract, or surreal ways. They are to be painted as representational things, but they will be complex abstract concepts. And not abstract as in “time” or “music” but even more abstract than that.  

Whew, that’s going to be a deep one, really deep. And one that we both know will get me thinking……

Its like painting a really complex secret code, that only he and I know.

But I know I can do it for him, once I’ve applied my mind to it. And he knows that too, which is why he asked me to do it.

And its going to make my “Tree of life” picture look clumsy by comparison………..

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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