You know exactly where you are with true friends

You know exactly where you are with true friends

Over the weekend I saw my best friend and it reminded me again how natural a good friendship should be. She and I chat easily about all subjects, and know when the other is being silly and making a daft comment to amuse the other, and when the time is to be serious and listen fully and comment accordingly. It is easy and natural and how a good friendship should be. She has the same relationship with my fella, and they both banter and tease the other, but they know, as do I, that they are very fond of each other and like each other a lot. Although to anyone listening to their conversation you’d think they were like an old married couple who can’t stand each other.

On Sunday morning my fella and I had a coffee and mince pie with two other couples who we consider good friends. The two couples have known each other far longer than we have known them, so when they sat back and started to reminice about past times with people we didn’t know, we were more than happy to sit back and let them. They have their shared experiences and I fully understand the pure joy in chatting about your past with someone who was there whilst you were drunk, at a party, sharing a good laugh at someones expense, or just having a great time. But we also have similar experiences with them, albeit of a more recent time. So when someone made a comment about  something that sounded incredibly innocuous to an outsider we all knew exactly what he meant and laughed straight away. Its the joy of the in-jokes that makes the pleasure of laughing even better. But you can’t make laughter or the pleasure of being with friends work unless its natural. You can’t over power a conversation and make it your own. The pleasure of delightful conversation should be shared, the shock of a rude comment never offensive, the laughter from a joke, the banter between friends can’t be forced. As natural and flowing as a fast running river.

Good friends are a joy in life, and one I treasure. Kiss (2)

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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