Forget it in December

Forget it in December

Its that time of year again when I have an important painting to finish but think that with the best will in the world, its not going to get done before Christmas. Its not a commission so there is no time restriction on it, but I don’t want to rush it and ruin it, but I do want to get it done, and done as soon as I can. At least its in acrylics so it dries very quickly and unlike watercolours I can paint in artificial light, which is fortunate with these depressingly short days. Yesterday the day was so grey and depressing, that even at 10am the outside light came on as I passed the sensor. How can you get inspired to paint on days like that! At least today is sunny and bright even if it is cold.

The painting will get done, and I can’t wait to finish it. I’ll work on it as and when I can. But December is the month of buying Christmas presents, writing Christmas cards, wrapping presents, dressing the house, making Christmas cake (my favourite cake in the world, its a white Christmas cake full of fruits and flavours but not heavy like the traditional Christmas cake is), making mince pies, and buying food for Christmas celebrations. No wonder little else gets done!

But in the meantime, the stuff I watch on TV is hintfully inspiring me to finish the painting soon. I watched three programmes this last week, two that feaAcrylic paints 2tured my subject matter, the other  a reminder of how right the subject matter is. All of the programmes were about rich people and their life style, and yet I know the subject matter will appeal to everyone.  I’m pleased with it for that reason.

At least if I do have half an hour, or an hour, or two, spare, I can paint. And watch the painting come to life, and the colours work together…melding (I love that word!) and working their magic, to create the work of art.  


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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