The short cuts are the long way round

The short cuts are the long way round

Lean onArtists never start at the point at which you meet them. Who ever the artist is, when you find them and wow over the work they’ve done and how much you admire their talent, and love their use of colour, or tone, or subject matter, that, usually, isn’t where they started. Ok, they might always have painted flowers, or tigers, or science fiction figures, but those pictures have changed over time, they don’t paint them in the same way, they have evolved from something to something far better. Artists learn all the time. They learn new techniques, or new mediums, or better ways of painting the same thing. Sometimes their best work is in their twenties, or thirties, or forties, or later. They will consider that they did their best work in one decade, and yet others may say it was another one in their life. Art is never a fixed subject, and everyone has an opinion on it, no matter what their knowledge is.

I look back at some of the artwork I’ve done in the past and know its excellent, and look at others I’ve done and know I do it better now. The art isn’t bad art, its just evolved. And some of the work I did years ago is in some ways better than some I do now. But that is because, and I’ve had this conversation with a lot of artists, as you get older your technique tends to get looser. When you’re learning art you think you have to paint every leaf on a tree, every blade of grass in a lawn. As you learn quicker ways of becoming looser, you know you can paint trees without painting all the leaves, you paint the shadows behind the groups of leaves at the front, and you paint the sunlight behind it, and that makes a tree. And then you get to a point where you can paint a picture where some of it is loose, and hinted at, and some of it is tight and extremely detailed. And for me those are the best pictures, when you can show what you can do, and do it well, but know the short-cuts that show that you aren’t an amateur, you are a professional, who knows exactly what you are doing. There is control, and dedication, and technique!

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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