Lily pad loyalties

Lily pad loyalties

Sometimes its nice to play with light and shade,  exploring shapes and negative shapes, and this painting is one of those.

I wanted to capture theLily pad loyalties way that lily pads on a pond catch the late afternoon low sunlight, and float on the surface of dark waters below, so I masked off the areas that I wanted to keep white in the water, the lily pads, the clear sky reflected, and the gentle ripples. I painted the pink iris’s and their pale long leaves, and the hint of  dark foliage behind them.  Then I could apply the wet watercolour paint to wet paper adding depths to the darks  of the water and picking up the reflections of the flowers and foliage above.  To add to the feeling of luminosity within the waters I used irredescent medium and also used it to pick up the light again on the flower heads. The darks within the picture are there to accentuate the lights, and add to the balance of colours.  The painting is called “Lily pad loyalties” and is a celebration of light and shade, water and the life within it and on 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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