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Room for improvement

Room for improvement

Room for improvement

 A picture that is nothing to do with my recent trip to Kent is this one. I started it a while back and had to put it on hold whilst I finished off commissions for clients, knowing that I would finish it when I had a lull – as is the way of an artist, rushes and lulls in the work load. Its done in pen and wash, which is a medium I really like for the freedom of the pale watercolour washes, but the thin black pen marks also adding to the structure of an old stone building and its textural architecture. I do love painting old structures like this one, imagining the people who built it from the local stone, and lives they lived in it, the families created there, working the land and striving to survive, time passing, and the families moving on, the building abandoned and falling into dis-repair, the weather taking its toll, winds raging around it bringing beating rain and biting snow, summer heat adding to the dryness of the wood, and then, one day, the roof falling in as timbers fail, the weight of the tiles becoming too much. But also knowing that at some point in the future someone will come along and want to renovate it, and bring it back to life, add more rooms and restore it with love and affection. The picture is called “Room for improvement” for that reason, and I know that a huge part of the desire in me to draw it is for the black roof timbers silhouetted against the blue sky behind, that and the lovely blues and ochres of the aged tiled roof.

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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