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Spice of life

Spice of life

Having the joys of a summer cold over the last couple of days I’ve not felt like doing much painting. You can’t paint when you’re not fully on form. So, I’ve being doing other things in the meantime, mostly computer related.

I don’t know how it started, but yesterday when I went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea, I opened my spice cupboard. Now, I know most people have a spice rack, but I have a whole cupboard of spices. And whilst looking for whatever it was that caught my attention (and I think that might have been oxo related) I decided that I could top up some of my spice jars from the refills that were on the top shelf. And more than an hour later was still busily occupied with them. I don’t know what it is about spices but I find them fascinating. It may be the pretty colours that remind me of pots of pigment, it may be that I find cooking a delightful creative experience, it may be just the smell of them, or, perhaps its the whole package of them since they are so evocative. I’d love to paint a picture with them all, maybe an Italian or southern French landscape of rolling hills and fields with dark trees, particularly using fragrant and evocative Herbs de Provence, and cadmium yellow of Turmeric, deep reds of Paprika and Chilli, the warm browns of Nutmeg and Cinnamon, and yellow ochres of Coriander and Cumin,  the dull greens of Rosemary and Sage, Oregano and Basil, Taragon and Dill. I’d use rock salt for texture, and black peppercorns for the darks, ginger for the pale creams, and crushed garlic for the details. And the sky? That would be Lavender salt, the pale lavender colour being ideal for a Mediteranean sky. The picture would look like the landscape, but it would also smell like it, how good would that be?

JoyeuseMMm….. I’m tempted to do it!!! 🙂

I don’t know if it cleared my nose, but I couldn’t stop sneezing after I’d done the spice tidying, but I think that might have been the black pepper!

 I love my spices, and I”ve even got herbs that I’ve never heard of – now, what on earth do you do with Zahter?

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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