Twenty seven hopes

Twenty seven hopes

Todays the day. One that I’ve been working towards for the last  three weeks. I’ve painted and drawn, sandied, and cleaned, named, sealed, labelled and wrapped, not one, not two, no, twenty seven pictures in the last three weeks. And today is the day they go out, off into the world to be shown off in their best light to be offered as hopes to others. I think they’re a good selection of what I do, I think the prices are fair and very reasonable for the work that has gone into them. I think they are in lovely frames that compliment them. I think that they would happily grace anyones home. I have done my best. So off they go…….

Seducing the myth, gently (2)…..the first twelve paintings are going to the Ashby Arts Festival at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire to hang in their open exhibition at the Royal Hotel in the centre of the town. Its not a venue I’ve ever been in but I’ve passed it hundreds of times and it looks a very select location. The arts festival has been running for six or seven years now and gets thousands of visitors as they put on a good display for the town having music and performing arts, over a two week period. My 8 x 4 feet painting of the dragon flying over the fairy castle with the enormous moon behind “Hunters moon” is part of the “Myths and legends” theme this year and is in an excellent postion over New Look on Market Street in the town. I’m delighted to be part of the exhibtion, as the logistics of being part of it have been difficult for me, since I am also exhibiting with Ashby Guild of Artists over at Ticknall in Derbyshire at the same time……

Dance of the deep (2)….. where I shall be taking another fifteen paintings to exhibit there. We have our main exhibition there every year and its a delightful setting, a light and airy hall that is well known for its art exhibtions for various groups through the year. A lot of walkers park there on their way to Calke Abbey, a National Trust property that welcomes many visitors over the bank holiday weekend. We offer delicious cake and tea and coffee for anyone visiting our exhibtion and people happily come along and view the excellent diverse artwork for sale there. Not all of my fifteen paintings are in frames, only ten of them, the other five are for the browser which cuts down on prices and means that people can buy paintings and frame them to their own specifications.

So thats why I’ve had so much on these last three weeks. But today it all comes together. And the joy of an exhibtion is that you never know which, if any, of the paintings will sell. But I know I’ve put together two good collections of artwork for both exhibitions……..  and whilst we’re on the myths and legends theme, both these mermaid  paintings will be exhibited at the exhibtions, one in Ashby, and one in Ticknall.


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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