Making the most of artistic licence in Repton

Making the most of artistic licence in Repton

I remembered this week that I haven’t yet shown the pencil drawing I did of Repton High Street just before Christmas. So now I can talk about it and more to the point show the photo and what was in it, and what I took out of it to make it a far more interesting drawing. Repton High Street012 

The photo was taken, as you will have already noticed, on bin day. Which of course I didn’t know until I got there! Which is why I had to take a number of photos so that I knew what was behind those horrible eye-sores for any artist, mostly gates and steps, I realised.  I was also requested to “remove the Ford Focus’s” for this commission and certainly agreed that the picture was better without them. And also it was better without the street light, television aerials, telegraph pole and wires, For Sale sign, and since the picture wasn’t specifically for Christmas, the large Christmas tree outside the Bulls Head pub as well as the Christmas wreaths on the doors. Oh, and most definitely the yellow lines of course!

So this is the particular photo I used for my source photo, and you can see what I’ve taken out, and why!  This is what I saw, and this is how I made it look! Far better for the artistic licence. And although its a modern day photo, the drawing makes it look a bit more old fashioned, focusing not the the Ford Focus’s but onHigh Street Repton the important stuff, the lovely Victorian architecture of the pretty brick cottages and the really important focus of the village, the pub!







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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