A first from my window cleaner

A first from my window cleaner

I always find it interesting to see who is into art, and who isn’t, and sometimes the people you expect to be into it, aren’t. I watched “Grand designs” last night on the telly, and was astounded that a brand new house built by an architect had no pictures on the walls of any of the rooms in his house – you’d think that someone who is that creative would want pictures of something architectural at least.

But I digress….

My window cleaner, who is a friendly smiley faced chap, made me grin with his second, not the first, the second, sentence on me opening the door to pay him for his cleaning services today. The second sentence was – and I quote – “Are you into bondage?” – now, I’m sure there are many people who would consider that sort of question to be somewhat pertinent and intrusive, and in some cases I would agree, but the fact that it followed on from the first sentence made it more acceptable, at least in the circles I am used to in the work I do. His first sentence was “I looked at your website last night, you’ve got some amazing artwork on there” and then he asked his second question, and with a grin, I shook my head, “No I’m not into bondage” and went on to explain that as an erotic arThe Calling (2)tist I have to show that I am happy creating works of art that are erotic between consenting adults, and sometimes bondage is one of them, and he nodded in agreement as we discussed that and cross-dressing ! (as you do!).

I know he’s interested in art though, and we talked of that briefly, and I opened my door wider so that he could see some of the pictures I have hanging on the wall, and he nodded at one particular picture that I’ve got hanging there  – “The calling” and said “That’s just my sort of thing, those faces, and that particular shade of blue, I really love that blue” and I could see why, I love that shade of Windsor blue too, its a deep and rich turquoisey blue colour.

But the picture of mine he loves the most, is one that I’ve been working on for a while, and is propped up ready to be completed at some time that he can see when he cleans the windows, and it is an abstract of “Time” – but again, I found it interesting that it was the same shade of Windsor blue that he liked in it, so I don’t think it was particularly the picture itself, just that that is his colour, the one he relates to, and the one that pulls him like a moth to a flame. I can totally understand that!

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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