The more I look

The more I look

Naked desire (2)I’ve been working on the acrylic painting of the tasteful erotic couple most of this week inbetween doing other things of a more domestic nature as and when they arrived. So its not been non stop all of the week.  I know I have a specific way of working when I paint and that is to build up the layers of colour. I know that some artists look at the colour and put it on the paper, and whereas I can paint that way, I prefer the various layers approach as it gives more form to the painting, and makes the picture look more natural, and the people within the picture interact better with each other through lost and found edges, gently merging background colours into the flesh so that the whole thing looks softer. This painting is about half way through in that its been drawn out on the canvas and the basic first undercoat layer applied. Since then I’ve added more layers, fine tuning each one for colour, tone, and line. And bearing in mind that the original image that I’m working from is one single photo – that I took – so nothing has changed within the photo I’m working from but what I like is the way it opens itself up to me. The hint of a shadow in the skin, the fine lines between the fingers, the soft blush of colour under the skin, the turn of the wrist, the shallow curves of muscle and the delicate angle of hand and neck. Its all there, and the more I look the more I see. The more I want to paint it, to capture the light and form of this couple, and put it all there within my paint like I did for this one “Naked desire” that I painted in oils a few years ago.

But now, I have to wait.

Wait for the daylight, because even though its acrylics, they won’t look exactly the same in daylight as they do in the artificial light I’m having to paint in on this dreary winters day.  The picture will look right in artificial light if it looks right in daylight. But not necessarily the other way round.

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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