Completing the romantic trio

Completing the romantic trio

I love to hear where my pictures are hung after they are purchased from me. It’s not often though that I get that chance, probably because the person buying a piece of artwork from me doesn’t think about it, not from selfish reasons, just because as far as they are concerned they are buying something for their house – I’m sure no one sends photos of their new sofa in their lounge to DFS !  But because I have created it, I feel that itSt. Saviour's Church, Foremark (2) is part of ME so I’m interested, always. I’m interested in the frame, in the room it hangs, in the wall it hangs on. I like to see it in-situ and am delighted when I am told and sent accompanying photos.

So, I was delighted when I had a photo sent to me after Christmas in an email entitled “Xmas present painting – opened/ happy customer!” with a photo of a smiling face holding my painting and a short note tell me that I would receive another photo when the painting was framed and hung on the wall. I thanked the client for his consideration and said I looked forward to it.

That promise duly arrived this week.

The photo you can see here is of the painting I did of St Saviours Church in September for the client as a surprise Christmas present for his wife. I think it was an incredibly romantic gift he wanted for her, since they already had a painting on their wall of where they met at university, and where they had their honeymoon, but to complete the set he wanted a watercolour painting done of the church where they were married at Foremarke, South Derbyshire. This is what he wanted me to do. But not just the painting in question, he wanted it to match the other two paintings so that they would hang on the wall as a trio. He very kindly sent me really helpful photos of the other two paintings, both from close-up and from a distance, and the wall they were to hang on, so I had all the information I needed to see to complete the commission, particularly as he took a photo of the church himself so I knew exactly which viewpoint he required. I could now see the strength of tones and detail I needed to put into my painting to match the other two, even they were done by different artists.

The photo here shows the three watercolour paintings hung together on their wall. And you can see my painting St Saviours chuch on wall - Jan 2015now in its new frame along with the other two. My painting of St Saviours was requested to be done in spring greens since the couple were married in springtime, and not summer greens which would have been warmer. Each of the paintings compliments the other and I made sure that my sky had a similar sky to the other two pictures, a bit of cloud and a hint of blueness. They have the same tonal range too. Each painting is complete on its own, but as a group they tell a story, a special love story for a romantic couple!

And I think the Moet champagne on the cabinet below is the perfect accompaniment!

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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