Carousels turning rings around me

Carousels turning rings around me

It happened again this month, the same as the last one. And I suppose its going to happen, I just wasn’t expecting it so soon.

The subject matter was “Funfairs in Watercolour” and the accompanying notes were informative and helpful so I thought it would be a good one. It was a good one, but not because of the tuition, because I didn’t actually get any.

I knew we would be painting carousels, which was a very interesting subject, and I knew I wanted to paint a night time version since the colours are brighter and more interestingly vibrant. I found some photos I liked and took them along with me to the workshop. But, the minute I saw the tutors artwork I thought “I’m better than her”, and knew that I would be doing my own thing quite quickly. She sat us down at the start, and talked about why she was interested in carousels and funfairs, and showed us some pictures she’d done from photos she’d taken. But her paper was blank, with no image drawn out, and before she started she announced that she used artists quality watercolours and started to go through the colours to which I quietly said “We’re artists, not beginners” which I meant as “We don’t need to be told about quality of artists materials since we can all paint, so lets get on with painting” but I think she may have felt I was being rebellious (Whoops!) and seemed to ignore me for the next two hours.

But, certainly, this subject matter was a major challenge, more than most subjects. It was complicated to draw since the carousels are round, elliptically so, with complex shapes with the idealised leaping horses that I was drawing, and with figures on them making it more so, at night, with lights, and shadows and darkness. All added together to make a tricky subject to paint.

I was pleased with what I did in the day though, but the picture isn’t finished and will need more oomph (Nightmarelilacsjpgartists phrase!) in it to make it more exciting. There are certainly parts in it that I like a lot, but not enough for me to say its done. I got some nice comments though from people watching me whilst I painted, they liked the dark blue of the sky (as did I) and the sense of light from the many lightbulbs (that was one of the things I like most about the picture) that stood out from the night sky, the golden shapes of the twisted poles and the hint of people in the shadows to the side of the carousel.

So, by the end of the day, we all felt that we’d been pushed to our limits with the subject matter, and for that alone it was worth going to the workshop.  But I didn’t like the painting the tutor did over the day, not at all. But, on a far more positive note, I certainly found a lot of inspiration in what my fellow artists did on the day, there were some fabulous paintings done.

And the thing that made me smile, was that I’ve spent a lot of time recently investing in painting horses, both for wanting to paint commissions, and for the art workshop that I will be doing soon. And although, this subject to all intents was a totally diverse one to “horses”- it was actually the same, but these being mechanical ones at a funfair this time, rather than real ones in fields. But its still the same equine shape, still with riders, still with a sense of power and urgency of movement in them, still the thrill of riding, and the joy of being in a saddle! It was still horses. And here’s a painting I did some years ago of fantasy horses racing by moonlight, its called “Night mares” and has always been one of my favourite pictures.

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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