Watering with colour

Watering with colour

The last three days have been spent joyously working on the watercolour painting commission. Its a large painting being 26 x 18 inches so all the painting is done area by area. Watercolours  are usually painted like that, rather than all in one go, and since I am copying the clients photo, the picture has to look like the photograph and is quite tight in its painting style. So I started at the top and worked my way down the picture, great expanse of cloudy sky, many rural buildings surrounded by gardens and greenery, gently moving water, nearby land full of wild flowers. The talent in painting it is that although its painted in stages it has to look like it isn’t. So even though I have covered all the paper by this third day in colour, its spending the next few hours going over it, merging parts, reducing some parts and emphasising others so that it works as a whole. Thats the joy of working with watercolours, and why I much prefer Bockingford paper, because it allows me to move the paint to a degree. I don’t mean totally, only to a small degree. I don’t like working on other watercolour papers that act like blotting paper with the paint and soak it up and don’t allow movement. It makes my pictures flow together better and is the way I love to work.

And I’m taking lots of photos of each stage, so it will make a good demo picture to show you how its been created from blank paper to a full blown watercolour.

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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