All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fairAnother recently finished picture is this one of a carousel at a fun fair proving to be  a very complex subject to paint, but fun to explore the nuances it evokes. I particularly wanted to make it a night time picture, with the lights from the merry go round shining out from the deep blue sky, blurs of the movement from the people on the painted horses as they ride round and the people in the background shadows indistinct. The negative shapes of the night sky were as important as the people on the ride, adding to the depth of the circular ride, and bringing out the warmer colours well.

After carefully drawing out the image I used a lot of masking fluid to cover the thin barley-twist pillars, the lights of  the centre of the ride, and the lights around the top of the outside of the carousel. The majority of the painting was done in watercolour, keeping to a limited palette of golds, reds and purples, but to bring out the shining white lights I used soft oil pastels.

Its called, obviously,  “All the fun of the fair”  and I love it!

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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