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My advice for a male stripper

There can’t be many jobs when you’re rung for advice by a male stripper. But then perhaps thats why I love this job for the diverse people I meet through it. He rang me this week from the other side of the country to ask what I thought would be the best drawing or painting to be done by me to promote his website. Whether as a woman I found the images of him interacting with his female audience better than the ones of him just on his own, whether it was better to have a hint of what was there on offer than the full display with nothing left to the imagination. I gave him my thoughts on it, and he’s having a think about it and then when he’s ready I’ll draw whatever he wants. He knows it is his advert for his business, and it will help to promote him as a successful and sexy guy.

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Yesterday when the first proper snow of the winter started to fall I looked out of the window with a smile on my face. My philosophy is that we can’t do anything about the weather so we might as well as enjoy it whilst its here. I had a few jobs to do in the house, hoovering and ironing (not at the same time, I can multitask but not to that degree…) and afterwards went back to the window to see the light covering of snow, how it formed over the round red berries of the skimmia, how it shaped around the yellow conifer, how it lay on the brown twigs of the the trees and changed the landscape. Two hours later it had gone, melted away magically by the sun’s rays leaving a crispness to the air but an awareness of its visit. Later on that night I answered emails and was transported away to another world. One that I got lost in, happily and with my full delight. An artist friend had sent me links to various websites he liked and thought I might. I didn’t like all of them, the ones about custom cars and cartoons didn’t touch me, the ones that did had a theme running through them for me…… the land of fantasy inhabited with fairies, magic, mystery, dragons, and beautiful women. I know there are lots of paintings of women in these themes, but it fascinated me that I could say in a split second if I liked the picture or not. And it might have been a thin top lip or a slight heaviness to the nose that meant I didn’t like it, knowing that it didn’t have that right balance in the symmetry of the features to make it appealing to me.  But the fantasy themes also had fabulously beautifully atmospheric landscapes, and of those it was the ones with the hint of sunrise or sunset, the *sky blue pink* fading down to the horizon, or the star studded purple night sky that I loved, and water, always water, with trees, that’s what I found appealing. That’s what I want to paint! Gorgeously evocative, with a hint of eroticism……

Mmm….. and thats what the male stripper needs to have in his drawing by me…..

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