Hair today gone tomorrow

Hair today gone tomorrow

The new art season has started and with it an art workshop I wanted to attend last Saturday. I love the painting days with my artist friends, when we’re all fired up with enthusiasm for the art we’re going to do, and tips we’re going to learn. This particular tutor was a guy who specialises in portraits in oils or pastels, and I’ve attended his workshops before so I knew that it would be a good learning day.

He started the day doing a demo in oils of one of the models, a young girl of 15 who had never posed before, so it was a new experience for her, and one I have great admiration for, since I can’t sit still more than five minutes without fidgeting! The thing I always find so wonderful, was that from the very first splash of colour on the canvas, it looked good. And it continued to look good through the whole hour that he was painting, even when it was a only hint of the face that was emerging from the canvas.

Then it was our turn the pupils to start to paint, and we had the choice of the same 15 year old, or an older woman to draw. But I knew that I wanted to paint the younger person, mostly because she had something the other one didn’t. Not just a fresher face, and bluer eyes, but long, very long, slightly curled blondish hair. That was what I wanted to capture in the pastels I was working in.

studio 1The day was just about capturing a good likeness of the model in pastel, drawing from life. The tutor told us that he had got so used to painting portraits that he sometimes forgets that he’s painting a real person, and thinks of it like a still life, the subject there infront of him, ready for him to capture in paint or pastel in a painting. But when he had to draw a five year old boy he suddenly had to work harder and capture the essence of the child since he wouldn’t sit still, and was bouncing around, full of life.

 I was happy with the way my drawing went, that I had a good likeness of her, and the painting I did in the day, but could see me adding something to it at a future date, maybe to make it more of a fantasy piece. The thing about doing portraits, is that you’re only going to sell it to the person who is sitting for you, or their loved ones. Unless they are a celebrity. So, I knew when I did it that it might not get any further than being filed in a draw. But, that lovely hair made it more special, and something that certainly added to the appeal of the picture, and can be  embellished further…..

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.