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Judging success or failure

Judging success or failure

Tree of dreams (2)How do you judge a success – is it the actual things you can tick off – *this happened because I did this* aspect. Or is it the looking for some good out of an action that has been activated. Or am I being blinded by a pattern that is very familiar to me and I need to change the pattern? Its always a dichotomy – to make something work you have to focus on it and practice regularly/if something doesn’t work, change the pattern. I am between the two again.

I can look back at the weekend and say that the local exhibiton with the local art group didn’t go as I’d hoped. But then it never does. It always goes the same way. And if you know you’ve put your best work in, at the best price, then you can’t do anymore can you? And I have had enough conversations with artists who are in other art groups who have exactly the same problem. It’s the life of an artist, not particular just to me, or my art.

But, two diverse conversations in different places at the weekend may well open other things up for me too. And that is always the way of things. If you don’t exhibit then you don’t have the conversations. Simple!

So, its onwards and upwards.

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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