Even when I’m ill

Even when I’m ill

The blank canvas arrived yesterday. But it held no interest for me. This blank canvas that I’ve been eagerly awaiting for the last week or more, this new exciting idea that I want to put on it had to ……..wait.

Because I wasn’t well.

I was the day before, but not the day itself. It certainly wasn’t food poisoning, and it certainly wasn’t too much alcohol. But it felt like it was both, graphically. I won’t give you details, but it was epic, and came with a swimming head and a delicate stomach and a desire not to be too far away from  something to throw up in. Whoops, was that too much information. I still don’t know what it was, other than it wasn’t something I had caught, it was a reaction to something I had ingested the night before, I know that for sure.

So, forget the painting, forget the blank canvas I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for a week or more, forget the new painting I want to get on canvas, forget all of that, and get better. I didn’t want to go to bed as everytime I lay my head back it made me want to throw up again, so I gingerly sat on the settee with my head propped up, and sat staring iArtists work spacento the room, and dozing for a couple of hours whilst my stomach settled down. 

But even then, the painting that I so want to paint, was there at the back of my mind. My mind wasn’t ill, but my body was. And as I sat, I looked at two pictures I have in my lounge, both ones I love intently. One is a photograph of a beach with rocks and sea and sky and as far as I am concerned as a perfect picture because of the choice of tones, of subject matter, and the angle its taken. The other is a painting by an artist I love, and even though the subject matter is not exciting, its how its painted and the time of day that makes it exciting. Both these pictures took my interest as I sat feeling pathetic and with a delicate stomach. And I really looked at them, taking the time to study them, more than usual, and could see what I wanted to put into my new painting in them.

Later on during mid afternoon when I felt better and gingerly started the work of the day, I knew I wouldn’t be painting anything this day. I have to be fully fit and well to paint, and I certainly wasn’t that. But I will be next week. I can start it then.

So, even when I’m ill, I’m looking at the ways of painting, whilst my head is free to paint. Its the planning that makes the painting I know that! And I can’t wait to get going on this painting…….. 



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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