The perfect end to a dry patch

The perfect end to a dry patch

I heard today that this September has been the driest since records began. I know the gardens need the rain and no doubt in a couple of weeks time we’ll have forgotten all about the end of summer and will be thinking of autumn setting in, but until then I’ve been loving the warm and sunny month we’ve just had. As an artist who paints inside in my (dry!) studio  you’d wonder why it mattered, but it does, the weather has an impact on how I feel and how I paint. Cold, grey, miserable days are not very inspirational. Warm, sunny, dry ones are!

Today I delivered a painting to a client’s mother since those were my instructions and had a very pleasant chat with her as she welcomed me into her house and we discussed various things and places and people we were connected with, mostly of Repton since that is where she lives and where I was brought up. When I asked her how long she had lived in the village the response was “Only 27 years” which sounds like a joke but possibly wasn’t since some places take a while to accept new comers!

After I left her I went over to Willington Marina meeting up with my man there and having a very amiable cup of tea and slice of cake in the warm sunshine overlooking the glittering water and many canal boats. A new building has been completed since I was last there with designer shops selling fabulous clothes and bags, so we wandered around for a bit before heading home.

At the moment I have finished all that I have needed to finish and am in a state of preparation for the next stage. Its a good day for it to be today.

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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