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Going green

Artists on the whole don’t like painting summer trees – too much….. well….. green! Winter trees have better shapes with all those bare branches, spring trees have the trunks and branches with just a hint of greenery around them, and autumn, well, all artists love painting autumnal trees – the golds, and reds, and oranges are so appealing and full of gorgeous colour.

 

Green fieldsSo this week when I went for a walk with my friends I knew that it would be full of green, that all the greens would be a similar colour, not the later summer greens that are more olive and sage greens, no this green would be bright sap green. But, I’d find something to photograph and armed with camera, and knowing exactly where we were headed since I chose the walk this time, we hiked off to the green stuff.

 

Having the artist’s eye, I knew that I would find little gems of details amongst it somewhere, searching for the contrasts of shape or other colours. And as these photos show, the strongest colour in each image is green but with a bit of thought towards composition and the shapes of the tracks, the white of the cow parsley, or line of trees, or how the light is creating shapes within the shadows, the pictures are interesting to look at. I love each of these for different reasons and know that each of them would make a good painting as the eye is lead into each image – although I would probably incorporate a little more colour into each one just to make it more appealing to the eye.

But then a painting shouldn’t be a direct copy of a photograph, it should have artistic licence. Even when you’re going green!

Green track green trees

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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