Butterflies and lots of love

Butterflies and lots of love

Some weeks ago I had an idea for two paintings. Both paintings have a theme, and both excite me a lot with their concept and the message they portray. They both feature English landscapes, and a couple in love within it, they both have trees and sunlight, water and rocks, and a pair of butterflies symbolising their love and future happiness together.

The first one is called “Lets fly away together” and is set in the beautiful gardens of Hever Castle in Kent. I took the working photo there last summer on a gloriously hot sunny day and as soon as I took the photo I knew I wanted to paint a picture of it. This is that painting, and I love the butterflies in the foreground  symbolising love, happiness, the future, and the passing of time and beautiful things. There is a lot of texture in this painting, as most of it was painted with a palette knife other than the details of the couple and the butterflies themselves. I love the dappled sunlight through the leaves and on the path, I love the line of high-lights beyond the tree, I love the steps, and the rocky bank, infact there isn’t anything that I don’t love in this painting!Lets fly away together website




The second painting is called “On the wings of love” and is set in the Lake District, on Lake Windermere if I remember correctly, and is from a photo I took a few years ago again in July, and again, the minute I saw the photo I knew I wanted to paint the picture of that little rocky outcrop with the trees growing on it and the sunlit water lapping around it. The happy couple contemplate the hills and water as the pair of butterflies fly above them, symbolising love and their future happiness. Again, there isn’t anything I don’t love in this painting, either, from the changes in colouring of the water to the sunlight through the trees, the pink and purple shadows in the foreground and the butterflies above.

I adore both these paintings for their similar happy message and their typical English countryside settings. I love the sunlight on them, and the vivid colours in the texture, and most of all I love the butterflies! Two happy paintings, that make me smile everytime I see them…… On the wings of love

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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