Woodsmoke and long flowing locks

Woodsmoke and long flowing locks

Well I know a lot more about American Civil War re-enactments in this country than I did this time last week. Over the weekend I had chance to chat a little more about the idea the guy had for me drawing him in his full uniform but in a more suitable setting, and he’s keen on the idea but needs to have photos taken first before we can discuss it further. He showed me some photos he’s had taken already and I can now see what he’s taking about, but what I hadn’re realised is how much they live the life whilst away on their weekends re-enactments. They sleep in the proper pitched tents , and cook their food over opens fires, and eat the proper food that they’ve made themselves – Molasses and Bacon with Reb cakes. He smiled and said he always comes home smelling of woodsmoke at the end of the day. Sounds fascinating!

And yesterday the convoluted painting as obscure as it is obvious “Contemplating the shadows” went home to its new owner, and although I was sorry to see it go, I was pleased that it is in its rightful place.

Today I have been sorting out the list of  equipment that the members of the art group that I am doing the art workshop for at the end of this month will need. It will be in acrylics and most of them haven’t used that medium before I understand so I will have to explain how to use them as well as using them to paint an animal – which I have suggested should be a horse, but I’m awaiting confirmation on that one. Horses are ideal as they are attractive animals, plus they have long and short hair so I can teach the different techniques for each type – which will be useful for painting any animal portraits, or even long hair on people. When I know which animal it is, I will do a full painting as an example of how the picture should look at the end. I don’t want to spend the whole workshop painting, its about the learners painting, and learning from that experience.

So, although I haven’t been doing much painting myself this week, yet, I have been busy with all sorts of projects connected to them.


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.

Comments (2)

  1. Jun 4, 2013

    For a great read on American Civil War re-enactment I highly recommend the amusing, and surprising, “Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War” by Tony Horowitz. Read it and you’ll be able to swap hardcore stories where sleeping in *tents* is considered a “Farb” indulgence – the really authentic (or obsessed) re-enactors sleep huddled on the ground wearing home-made fabrics that include buttons soaked in their own urine (don’t ask, it’s a Civil War authenticity thing). A very readable book.

  2. Jun 5, 2013

    Ian – Sounds a great read, thanks for the recommendation!

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