Ripening and rolling

Ripening and rolling

Email’s alright for making arrangements and talking about doing artwork for people, but its not as good as a face to face meeting, and that was something that I definitely needed to do with a new client at the weekend. Fortunately she felt exactlythe same way, so we sat down together for our business chat, both of us with pages of notes and pens to hand to make some more. But I didn’t get a chance to write anything, because I didn’t need to. I knew what I was doing, and am ready to start when the client gives the go ahead. But she can’t at the moment, because she has other things she has to slot into place first. Then it will be my turn. But what I was able to help her with, was more mundane things, although of great use to her.  With my past experiences I could explain about how she should think about and plan various things. And we parted with smiles, and hugs, both knowing our parts in this artwork she wants me to create for her, when the time is right. I’m excited about it, and raring to get involved.

It was one of those weekends when all the arty stuff came to a head, and I felt I was on a real roll. An arty roll! With a couple of requests for commisisons that will be enjoyable to do, particularly the one of the erotically posed woman on the back of a motorbike. But I’m having to wait for photos to come in for both of those before I can get going, and apparently the bike isn’t ready yet but is being worked on as we speak, I am assured.

 But before any of those can get started, I first need to finish the secret wedding picture, and emailed the bride and groom with a photo of the completed picture at the start of the weekend. Although because its in oils, and its still wet, its been a nightmare to photograph because the digital camera picks up all the little bits of light and reflects them back, so the flecks of white, and glow of greys, are not within the picture although the camera says they are. I had to explain all of that to them in my email and fortuantely the clients want to come and view it face to face which is a great relief to me, since they will see for themselves that the painting is far more subtle than it appears in the many failed photos I’ve taken of it from all the angles I could think of. But the best piece of feedback for me was reading   

“We love it, you’re very talented and I’m very envious!”

However, they are not one hundred percent happy with one aspect of it yet, which they want to come and look at. The rest is fine as far as they are concerned. And I’m not sure if  the part they’re not happy with is as it appears, or if the photo is giving misleading information. Seeing it face to face will tell us all though and I can make any adustments so that they are fully happy with it. And when I’ve done that, it will be ready for framing, after its fully dried and been varnished. So there is still a bit more work to do with it. But at least that’ll be easier to do!

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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