Eclipsed by dead shadows

Eclipsed by dead shadows

If it hadn’t been mentioned yesterday I doubt I would have known there was an eclipse today. But all the hype suggested that it would be worth it, so I thought I’d make sure I didn’t miss it. Fortunately for the East Midlands, it was a beautiful clear morning, and as I had breakfast I kept glancing out of the window, half expecting the blackout that had been promised. Day turns to night, and all that! Going outside with a mug of hot tea I could feel the cold in the air and wrapped up in a warm coat, and sat, watching and could feel it starting. It wasn’t an obvious thing, like day/night but a gradual sharpening and dulling of the shadows. You wouldn’t think shadows could become lifeless but they did. As an artist I’m so used to seeing colour in all things, from deep night, to white ceramics, there is always some bright spots of colour hidden there. Shadows have a life, and lots of colours within them. During the eclipse, which was maybe 50% where I was, the sky was still blue, the sun was still shining, but the air was colder, and the birds not quite so chirpy. But the shadows were lifeless. If I had been inside I probably wouldn’t have noticed it at all, it was only because I was looking, and take full notice that I could see it. Weird effect, and then slowly they came back to life again, and it was over. Azure shimmer

Being a Leo I am ruled by the sun and love being in it, and looking at it, and feeling it on my skin. As an artist, I love painting it, and its motivational affect on its surroundings. Dappled sunshine through trees, sparkling brightly on  rivers, oceans, streams and pools of water, reflecting off windows and shiny surfaces, highlighting a landscape, and backlighting leaves and hair.

I love it!  And this painting of mine called “Azure shimmer” celebrates that love, beautifully I think.

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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