From a white nightmare to golden moments

From a white nightmare to golden moments

Sometimes its nice to go off in a new direction, and sometimes its nice to work in a new direction from an old one. Some years ago I did a painting of three white horses leaping and racing by moonlight, in a very loose style of watercolours  with lots of movement, and sold it very quickly. I knew at the time that I wanted to paint the picture again, probably in more detail, and larger, perhaps in oils or acrylics. Recently I’ve been doing just that, and am ready to unveil it!

The first painting, which I am showing here, I was amused to call “Nightmares” was of three white horses, and had gold paint poured into the watercolours giving a lovely glint and shine to the movement within it. The moon was the only light that the horses raced by, the background  mostly cold colours of deep blues, lilacs, and greens.Nightmareshighlights (2)

The new painting, which is a large 36 x 24 inches on canvas is painted in acrylics as I wanted brighter colours, with the second horse being the one that is obviously going to win the race, since there is more power and dedication within his movements, and the gold emanating from within him. I wanted the horses manes to be flowing back into the sky behind them, and there to be very little landscape other than sky and a feeling of ground beneath them and dust being kicked up by their hooves. The place is not important, the race, and power, and winning, is. Its still three white horses leaping and racing, and there is still movement in the picture but its far tighter in style. I wanted the sky to be a multi-coloured profusion of colour and tone in strong  pinks, blues, and golds since that would be a better backdrop to the finer details of the pale manes flowing. The painting is entitled “Going for gold” and although the horses are white, they have their own colours showing through, mimicking the pinks, blues and golds of the sky behind. The subtle white paint was applied over the darker tones beneath, giving more of a hint of muscle and skin to the horses themselves.

Going for gold newThe ground beneath them had to be detailed to show that it was there, and so that it could be a good contrast to the dust above it.  The hints of red, and gold, and deep purples and white add interest to it, without taking away from the main (or should it be mane!) importance in the horses.

The golden horse is breathing, and feeling his golden strength.

A simple picture but with a powerful message within.


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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