A love affair with St Ives

A love affair with St Ives

I have been in love from the first time I set eyes on it, quite a number of years ago, and although its a place, and not a person, I feel that same love and affection for it as if it was. There aren’t many places I am in love with, but this one is top of the list. Its beautiful, and atmospheric, has endless joys around each corner, some fabulous golden beaches, stunning views and quaint houses of charm and character. I’ve been there in full sunshine and blustery gales and everything inbetween, and although I’ve not been for a few years now, its memory is as fresh and appealing today as its ever been.

The place I am referring to is St. Ives in Cornwall, and to celebrate my love for it I have recently completed this little watercolour of it. I didn’t want to do the quintessential sunny day, I wanted to show the way the sun breaks through aftSt Iveser a rain storm has passed by, so the sky was painted with a mix of  lemonyellows and angry purply greys to show that. After they had dried, I could paint the far hills in faint tones, picking out the main buildings on the hills behind, leading down to Porthminster beach. And then I painted the sea and the light catching it and reflecting the sky above it. The light house at the end of Smeatons Pier was painted in, along with the rest of the details of the wall and fishermens huts and accoutriments. To finish I painted the black stark rocks on the right hand side of the picture, and the small fishing boats at anchor with their red bouys the only bright colour in amongst them. This is a painting of light and sky, of the elements, and passing weather as the sun breaks through.

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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