I’ve never ever done that before

I’ve never ever done that before

I love it when you start reading a book and within the first paragraph, you just KNOW that it’s going to be a good one. You can tell by the turn of phrase, by the descriptions, by how you get caught up in the characters, by the way the story unfolds. That was the way it was with me when I picked up “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton13508607. I’d never heard of her before and knew nothing about her or her books. But I knew that the book was going to be good. As it was I was wrong. It wasn’t just good, it was, well, just perfect as far as I was concerned. A storyline in an idyllic setting with a murder within the first chapter. There were no secrets as to who had murdered who. You just didn’t know WHY. It took the whole book, well over 600 pages, and intriguingly told over three time frames…. present day, early 1960s and the 1940s… all interwoven throughout the whole book, to explain why the murder in the first chapter had happened. And when you knew the whole story, you fully condoned why it had occurred.

I went to bed early last night to finish the last 100 pages. I knew that I would want to read it all in one go and not have to read it in dribs and drabs and not pick up the nuances of those last page turning parts of the enthralling story.

But what I wasn’t expecting was the twist that came at the end, that made me gasp, and smile, all at the same time. It put a whole new slant on the story, and as I read the last page and smiled, and turned my light off to sleep, my mind was full of the characters and how different the story would be if I read it again, knowing the twist in the tale.

When I woke up this morning, I knew what I was going to do.

Something I have never done before with a book, no matter that its made me cry, or happy, or thrilled or entertained me totally.

I have never started to read it again, immediately after I have just finished it.

But I will with this one…… Its in the knowing….

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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