Why I like reality TV on my terms

Why I like reality TV on my terms

Whilst watching one of my favourite programmes the other night, my fella said omminously that he couldn’t understand at all why I enjoyed it, or the one that I had watched previous to it, also one of my favourites. “You’re an intelligent person” he said “But you’re caught up with it, and you don’t seem to realise the lies that its full of”. When it had finished, I asked him what he meant. It had finished, so he had my full attention.  He went on to explain that “The Apprentice” obviously can’t be in the time slots that it purported to be, and I shrugged at him and said I didn’t mind. He felt that I ought to. I felt I didn’t. He also said the same was true for “Professional Masterchef” which I’d watched before it, he knows I love it, and felt that I was being duped. I didn’t. He wanted me to realise that it wasn’t the reality that it was supposed to be. I said that it was a version of reality that I could buy into, but it really didn’t bother me whether it was a reality show, or a fictional one. I liked it either way. He knows I don’t like some reality shows – I’m a Celebrity get me out of here, The only way is Essex, Big Brother, I’d never watch, they leave me cold. I really do love “Millionare Matchmaker” though! But the point was, and this I got quite uppity over when I explained it to him, was there is nothing, NOTHING AT ALL, on TV, that was fully “true” so it was all fiction, or a version of it. And I include the news and weather forecast in that!

Sometimes for instance there will be a news programme that refers to someone being a certain age, but they are refered to as being a different age in the newspaper. So, one of them is wrong. Sometimes some woman is refered to as being someones wife, when actually they aren’t actually married. A persons AGE is a fact, an absolute true and unchanging fact. As is a marriage, or lack of it. So if news programmes get absolute FACTS wrong, how can anyone take any other statistic they offer as being correct. So, I treat ALL that comes out of the telly as “interesting, but not totally believeably true”. And of course if I treat everything that is serious and important (the news!) as not fully fact, then certainly something that is supposedly *reality* obviously isn’t. It is all heavily edited, to make a point, in a certain direction. I don’t mind that, I expect it. Television is made to be interesting, to occupy us, to entertain. And some programmes will continue to be my favourites for those reasons. I don’t care one iota if the people on it are all actors, or Peter and Miranda, past, present and future (2)if its set up to go in a certain direction, or if the people who aren’t actors play to the cameras to create a persona that isn’t their true character, or if the time frames that purport to happen, are incorrect. None of that matters to me. What matters is if I engage with the people, and what they are doing, and if I find it has some creative bent to it, and that I like the people themselves, and that they are doing something that I admire. I don’t watch rubbish, regardless of the subject matter. I like the version of reality I am shown. And engage with it.

I understand that fully, since it’s what I do when I paint pictures. Reality, but not a fully factual version of it. An enhanced version. Which is more pleasureable to view!

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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