Bouncing from one to the other

Bouncing from one to the other

Bouncing from one destination to another on Monday was the logistical problem I expected it to be, but at least I wasn’t on my own! Three other female artists did the same as me and exhibited at both the Ashby Arts Festival exhibition and the Ashby Guild of Artists one at Ticknall. So I was more than ready for a sit down with glass of chilled wine at the end of it, and considering the cold wet  bleakness of the weekend I’m surprised anything sold at all. The general public prefer to go out to art exhibitions when the weather is slightly cloudy but not raining, not red hot because then they stay at home in the garden, and not wet because then they stay at home and watch a film or go to the cinema. But both exhibitions had more sales than last year and I’m delighted that I was one of the few artists who sold, my pen and wash of Ashby castle as shown here.

IAshby Castle drawing always love seeing my artist friends at these exhibitions, seeing what they’ve exhibited, and what the general public have voted for as their favourite painting.  And this year I have three new artist friends through painting the Ashby Arts Festival outdoor boards and have happily said I’ll do another one next year, not knowing what the theme will be yet.

And then at the end of it, wrapping my paintings up to take home, and hanging a couple of my favourites in my hallway, which I use as my own gallery space. Knowing that the pictures will go to other exhibtions but in the meantime I can enjoy looking at my creations.

And now, I have a commission to do, one that I am looking forward to very much…….. erotic, but tasteful.               Of course!

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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