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My ongoing spy training

My ongoing spy training

I have learnt over the years that there are various ways of handing over a commission for a client.

Usually, the client has seen the image via email and has given their agreement that it is finished and that they are delighted with it. Then, after the final payment has been made there is a handing over of the artwork itself, possibly via a courier if the distance is too great, but usually face to face. I love to see the look on the face of a client as they see the actual painting that they’ve had created through me. I adore the way they fall in love with it, the more they look at it. Then they want other people they are close to, to see it, to show it off. That’s what I am used to.

But earlier this year, there was a change in the pattern, in that the couple that the present was for knew exactly what the picture was about, but the person paying for it didn’t. So when she came to collect it, she wanted it wrapped anonymously in brown paper before presenting it with close family members to the couple for their wedding gift.

And then this summer I painted a picture where the couple in it had not seen it at all, and fully trusted that the picture would be exactly what they had commissioned me to do. It was presented to them in anonymous brown paper, and she opened it as part of her birthday celebration and fell totally in love with it. She and he hadn’t needed to see an email image of it, as they knew the picture would be exactly as she expected it to be!

 But I have found that there is another way.

I didn’t know when I began my career as an artist that it would involve acting like a spy!

Whilst at a social gathering this month, someone there had a lovely time, chatting with friends and having a nice drink. But they were totally oblivious to the fact that someone very close to them left the room for a short time on some inocuous reason. They were also oblivious to the fact that I did too, through a different door, a short time later.

As far as they were concerned it was a normal social event with friends and they were oblivious that there was a handing over of artwork, that didn’t look like artwork.

They will see it, at some point. But not yet.

And hopefully they will find it a lovely surprise when they do. I really hope so……………………………

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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