Wallowing in pinkness

Wallowing in pinkness

I made a promise a couple of months ago to do a painting for someone, not knowing what the painting would be of. It would be their choice of subject in the painting, and it would be my gift to them for their wedding day. I knew they were thinking of something possibly from their honeymoon in the Caribbean. Of course when they got back from their honeymoon there was so much to talk of, the wedding day which was beautiful, the honeymoon, the comments of family and friends. I knew I would have to wait a bit for them to settle down and come back to earth again before I would get a decision. Today as I am in a lull between jobs I sent a brief email as a gentle reminder asking if they had decided on an idea for the picture, and got the reply that I had hoped for, not the one that had been first thought of, but for me a better one.

wedding cherry blossomBecause I am really into pink at the moment.

And for as long as I can remember I have loved cherry blossom. I remember it in the garden when I was a child and the last house I lived in had two different cherry trees – one pale pink, the other a deeper cerise. Having visited Japan during cherry blossom time I fully comprehend their love of the cherry trees blossoming after the bleakness of winter, when the people sit under and walk though the avenues of cherry trees as the delicate blossoms fall from the trees carpeting the ground below in the ethereal beauty. Yep, I love cherry blossom.

And the picture the happy couple want painting is the one I took on their wedding day and loved the best of all. It was when they did their speeches to the wedding guests in the delightful setting of the garden of the old pub that they had their wedding reception in. The pub itself was quaint and pretty and the Kentish village it was in was incredibly picturesque. They stood under the very pretty white wrought iron gazebo, and the late afternoon sunshine shone through the trees behind, one of which was a pink cherry blossom, and I thought it the prettiest setting for them to have their photos taken in, and like a lot of other people that day, took a few good photos.

And that is what they want painting, that picture.

I’m a happy bunny. I haven’t asked them if they want the painting in watercolours or acrylics or any other medium. There is only one choice for cherry blossom as far as I am concerned….. it will be in watercolours!

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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