Its not what you’d think

Its not what you’d think

Spitting MadI’ve been exhibiting at the large Dame Catherine Harpur School exhibition at Ticknall in South Derbyshire for 12 years now, and love it for the standard of work, the amazing choice and diversity of the artwork there, and of course always seeing artist friends during it,  and having a happy relaxed day out. The fact that the sun shone there this year was a bonus too! I made sure I went early and gave myself a good three hours to look at the artwork, knowing that I would be bumping into various people I know as I went around, and having chats here and there. What I love about that show is that amateurs and professionals can enter, and its built up so that they hang around a thousand pictures (and that’s a LOT of artwork) by more than a hundred artists and have hundreds of people through the doors. As an artist, I am always interested to see what other people have done, and more importantly what sells. And sometimes it’s not what you’d think. Some of the red dots were on pictures that I knew weren’t technically very competent, and yet there might have been a fabulous painting next to it that was far better painted and more colourful and it didn’t sell. But that’s art, and I know that just because a picture didn’t sell, doesn’t mean its a bad painting, only that the right buyer with the right money wasn’t there to see it that day. And there were some stunning pictures there, one large tiger portrait very similar to my “Spitting mad” (shown here)  painting caught my eye, as did a lovely oil painting of an old bewhiskered man’s face. Those were my two favourites…….

But what was also nice was hearing my name being spoken whilst I was standing about six feet away from where my artwork was hanging, and going over with a smile to talk to the  woman who runs the show who introduced me to the couple in question who  had recognised my artwork from their village  parish magazine covers and having a lovely chat with them about a picture they want doing of their dogs, which I am more than happy to do for them.

I always say that everyone has a painting inside of them that they want doing, and its my job to paint it for 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.

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