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Big and bold

Big and bold

Well the last thing I felt like doing at 9.30 this morning was painting a 8 x 4 feet board since I had a rotten nights sleep due to starting a cold yesterday, and waking up every half hour during the sleeping hours feeling  thirsty and hot. But today was the day the projectionist was coming and although I didn’t feel like doing anything but slobbing in a chair I dragged myself out as using his services would be far quicker than drawing the image out without his help. I got to the building we’re working in, and hung around whilst another artist drew out her image from the drawing projected onto the board on the other side of the room. I’ve never used this technique before and when it was my turn I’d drawn it out in less than five minutes, which saved loads of time. I wanted to get started with the painting, but didn’t feel well at all but as the first colours went on and I saw my painting come to life, I wanted to do more and more and felt totally revitalised! Amazing the power of art! I was working in an unheated outbuilding behind a business premises, on a cold concrete floor, with the door wide open and felt great! I came home for lunch at 12 to pick up a few more bits and was back there again at 1pm, on my own and perfectly happy as I got on with the painting and blocked in the  different colours watching the painting come to life.

The comedian artist from last week came in at 3 so we worked together companionably on our own paintings and had bits of chat about art, art workshops, art exhibitions and life in general. I like him, not only is he an entertaining character he’s a talented artist too. I learnt alot about painting these 8 x 4 feet boards from him, he advised that its not a “painting” as such its an art board, therefore the stuff that you would do to get a painting right you don’t need to do for these boards, so don’t get all precious over it. That was good advice as you can see small things within the painting that you want to change, but when the picture is going to be viewed from 20 feet away by people carrying shopping as they walk up the main street its not worth making it too detailed. I’m loving my painting though and the way its coming on, after the six hours of painting today I’ve done most of it except for the black paint which I can easily do tomorrow, then its finished. I’m amazed at how little of all the matchpots that I bought last week I’ve used, I thought I wouldn’t have enought and I’ve hardly touched them.  I’ve never painted such a big picture and I’m loving it, having it propped up against the wall as I paint and being able to step back ten feet to view it to make sure it looks right at a distance. Its great fun!

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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