Time to go and make others happy now

Time to go and make others happy now

I knew some weeks ago that today I would be saying goodbye. Its part of my creativity knowing that I have to do it. But this one has been such a big part of my life for longer than usual that it was always going to be a bit of a wrench.

The painting that is the wedding present from daughter to mother was collected today. The daughter doesn’t know what the painting is of, which is a first for me, particularly as it was  she who was paying for it. The request was for it to be wrapped in brown paper so that it couldn’t be seen when she came to collect it so last night I duely wrapped it in bubble wrap and securely in brown paper making it look like a lost parcel from the railway station, something non descript and unexciting…..

Today when she arrived, I let her in with a smile, since we met a couple of years ago but have had email conversations for the last six months regarding this painting.

I showed her into my studio and indicated the non descript uninteresting plain package sitting there and asked her about the forthcoming wedding, what she will wear for it, where it was to be held and where the bride and groom will be honeymooning.

Then asked with a curious interest whether she had any idea of what the image was of…… ? “No, none!” she replied easily. I asked with a smile what she might consider it could be….

“Something historical ……………” (smile and nod from me)

“Something to do with the family ……..” (smile and nod from me)

“Probably something with a cat in it……..” (smile and nod from me)

“Maybe in Wales……..” (smile and nod from me)

“Maybe abstract………. ” (smile and nod from me)

“Maybe something erotic ……… ”   (nod from me) as I smiled and said that I was going to nod at everything she said! And gave no clues as to what it was from what she said. She is patient and happy to wait, and part of the fun maybe is in not knowing, not guessing really.  

The unveiling will be the day after the wedding, when it will be just the immediate family. The mother is more excited about this than the wedding. And it turns out the daughter is too!!!! Yay, that makes me happy!


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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