Abstracting concepts

Abstracting concepts

Artists work spaceThe workshop that I attended some months ago was an interesting one for me, in that we were taught about painting abstract concepts as an abstract image. I’ve done enough abstract art to know that I like it, and like the way it opens my mind up (the Fantasy Fannies paintings being my favourite set of abstracts of course!).  And on the day, I knew I wanted to paint “Time” as a concept. Time is something we all know of, the passing of it, the arrangements we make because of it. On the day itself, I was so fired up with painting the image of “Time” that I worked flat out, as fast as I could, and painted a 20 x 16 inch painting in two hours flat (drinking tea whilst standing up, not even tying up my undone shoe lace, I was so focused on that picture I wanted to just paint it and get the colours, shapes, concepts, and image down) and did indeed complete it that day. But, I also knew that as perfect that concept was, it was only a working picture, and it would at some point be repainted in more detail as a larger picture. Over the months I’ve worked on it, when I hadn’t got a commission to do for a client, and knew recently that it was close to completion.

Over the last few weeks I have finished it, to the point that I am ready to show it to the world.

So my next blog post will be that, showing you an abstract painting, and you will know instantly that it is about “Time” – although that isn’t its title….. well, not in full.


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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