Sailing into the romance

Sailing into the romance

Monday night I went to sea. Well, not in the way that you get your feet wet, it was more sailing via the internet looking for a cruise ship but I still felt very nautical. I wanted a particular cruise liner that had exactly the same name as another cruise liner and a similar name to other cruise liners I eventually found which made it complicated for a land lubber like me. Fortunately I had one image and the date to help me, so could eventually ascertain which one I wanted, the second one with one funnel, rather than the first one with two.  I started off just looking at ships but ended up understanding the romance and magic of the ship and felt a pang when I read that this beautiful cruise ship was sold and broken up in 1975. It no longer exists except in the memories of those who sailed on it, and the old photos of it on-line. And in the heart of a son of someone who worked on it in the 1960s, who has asked me to paint a picture of it for him. Hence the reason I was looking for it on Monday and which has shown me that it has had two liveries, and I don’t know which one he wants for the painting, the yellow that it originally was, or the white that it became. I know which I prefer but it’s not my decision!

Acrylic paintsAnd in the meantime whilst I await his decision, I can get on with the tastefully erotic acrylic painting now that the canvas has been delivered! Yay! I always love the feeling I get when I look at the blank canvas, all wrapped up in cellophane, before I open it up and sniff the new canvas smell. Then start to draw the image out on it before starting the painting, watching it build up and come to life. And then when its finished, seeing the face of the person who has commissioned the painting as they are first introduced to this new picture of something special to them and know that they will grow to love it as much as I 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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