Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

A few weeks ago I went for a walk with a good friend in an area that is new to me although I lived there for about a year, not that I remember it particularly well. I was all of three years old at the time!

Of course it interested me to see it, since its a beautiful part of the rolling hills of East Staffordshire, and seemed to be filled with lots of fields, and trees and hedges with the odd village here and there and some stunning houses dotted around. My grandparents used to live in that area which is why I am familiar with it and more than happy to explore it again.

My friend was an excellent guide and we had a perfect day for it, walking amongst bluebell woods and along quiet country lanes. After dinner she and I went for another walk, which was supposed to be a short one but ended up being a few miles longer than I expected which meant that it was getting dark before we returned. Not that that bothered either of us, we are both country people and used to being out in twilight which is my favourite time of day. Particularly on a clear night, as this one, when the air is clear and you can see the trees silhouetted against the deepening blue sky and the odd star appearing overhead. I always take my camera on days like this, and had taken lots of photos earlier of the sunlight through the trees, creating dappled sunlight and back-lighting the spring leaves. And took some more as the twilight fell about us. P1070494


When I down loaded my photos a couple of days later there was one in particular that I liked and knew that it would make an excellent painting, infact the idea for the title came to me whilst I looked at it, always a good sign!!! 🙂

Last week I started work on it, and can now show you the photo I worked from, and the finished painting which is done in acrylics on a 16 x 12 inch block canvas with some texture within the paint.

The tree silhouetted against the sky was what appealed to me, with the pale pinks and blues of the sky behind. But I also liked the light of the house beyond it, it looked so welcoming. So it was that that gave me the idea of the title of the painting, but the house had to be moved with a bit of artistic licence over to the other side of the lane! It balanced the painting better. Other than that the painting is the same as the photo Home is where the heart isexcept I have really zipped up the colours making them more vibrant! Black is black, but colours can be enhanced! The main colour was in the sky, and I only had to hint at colour within the purple grey of the lane, and the late yellowing light on the grass of the verge and hedge.  I wanted the house to have all the lights on, as if the viewer is returning home after walking the dog, or driving home after a long day. Either way, you know that the house is full of laughter and family, and love, and the minute you walk through the door there will be welcome greetings and a fire lit, and you can relax with your  happy family around you. The title that inspired all of this? … why its…. “Home is where the heart is”. Of course.

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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