Morning glorious

Morning glorious

Sometimes as an artist, its a good feeling to just paint colour. Lots of bright, glorious colour. And that was what I wanted to do with this latest painting of mine. I had an idea that I wanted to make the painting of something specific, but keep it as simple as possible as a composition so decided this painting was of simply a tree, grass, and sky. As the sky was going to bright vivid blues, pinks, oranges and yellows, then I decided to paint a pale pink cherry blossom as the main feature. I do love painting cherry blossom as its so fleeting and ethereal…

To start I thought a lot about the composition, and did a few thumbnail sketches to see if the tree would be better off to one side or slightly off the centre, but it made the picture more unbalanced than I wanted it to look, so I decided on the tree to be placed right in the middle of the  23.5  x 12 inch block canvas (painting down the sides as well) with the grass slightly raised in the middle, giving more of an impression of a hill and giving the tree even more importance. Even though the composition was simple, it had to create the right message.

So the composition decided, it was time to apply colour with my palette knife, thickly on the canvas, working fast to get the depth of paint on. And when that was done, it was a matter of building up colour again over it, as I didn’t want flat colour, I wanted depths of colour over colour and merging into other colours.

When the sky was done, and I was happy with it,  it was time to do the cherry blossom, and I purposely merged the beautiful pinks of the sky into it. The two as one in their shared pinkness.

I did consider painting the blossom falling to the ground as it tends to do the minute it is formed.

But then I decided to create the tree in the bare moment that it is at full perfection. Before the blossom falls.

The painting is called “Morning glory” and depicts the pure moment when the tree is at its full beauty, when it is ethereal and so pale in its gorgeous perfection. The bright colours of the sky just exaggerate its delicacy. Morning glory

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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