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Clear light and clear sensual overload

Clear light and clear sensual overload

I never know what will inspire me to paint a picture.  I know what never will, and that’s dull grey light on flat grey days. I suggested to my man at the weekend that we could go out and take photos, but knew exactly what he meant when he declined and said he’d rather not. He like me, hates grey day photography. So we stayed in and I spent a happy couple of hours artistically enhancing some photos I took a couple of weeks ago when the sun actually shone, and the blue bells were just starting to appear amongst the trees in the local woods.

I may not have got the chance to take photos at the weekend but I certainly got the chance yesterday when some good friends came oveBluebell walkr as arranged late afternoon for a visit and a hopeful walk in the woods (well……knowing the way the year was going……weather permitting we’d cautiously agreed). It was permitting though, astonishingly,  being the first day for what seemed like many long days when we could actually take more photos. Fortified with tea and scones we set off, and I knew exactly where I wanted to go to! It didn’t let me down when we got there via a meandering trek, and not only was the light good and clear, the sun was at the right height, and the scent absolutely overpowering. It was a joyous sensory overload – a carpet of blue bells in dappled sunlight, and the heady  perfume from them filled our nostrils as we took loads of photos and walked on along the bridle paths.

I know lots of artists do paintings of bluebell woods and I can totally understand why. I suppose we judge the seasons of the year via the different wild flowers as they appear – Snowdrops in January, Daffodils in March, Bluebells in May, Elderflowers in July, Rose hips in October. Each bringing their bright colour to the season, and adding to our enjoyment of the countryside.

And today when I look at the photos I took I can see I am inspired again to want to paint them and capture what I saw in them.

But also today I am happily working on a painting I took on the walk I did a couple of weeks ago, one that was taken at the end of the walk, when the dusk was falling and the sky was a hint of pink in the blueness of twilight. It was one that I enhanced at the weekend, and love the arty effect of it, the colours are vivid and I want to take a couple of things out of the photo but add something else. It will make the picture far more appealing, and I already have a title for it…. and if I complete it this week like I’m hoping to, then I’ll show it to you in the next blog post…..

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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