The way through the woods is in colour

The way through the woods is in colour

I love painting sunlight through trees and am always on the look out for source photos to base my paintings on. This painting is of one of my favourite woodlands in Kent and I really wanted to bring in strong colours within the slightly impressionistic style.

That meant starting the painting with lots of bright colours for the underpainting on the 31 x 24 inch block canvas, knowing that the subsequent layers wouldn’t fully cover them, leaving lovely hints of contrasting vibrant colours showing through.

The way through the woodsI wanted the focal point to be the bright area where the sun bleached out the distant trees, leading the eye over towards that area, with a hint of deep yellow as the start of the pathway leading in that direction. Pinks and oranges, purples and reds adding interest to the woodland ground, and flecks of pinks and oranges and rich blues in the trees to add more pops of colour as extra vibrancy and life.

Its only a simple picture in a way, but there’s a lot of work in this painting, to celebrate the colours of the woods and the overhead canopy of leaves and light.

I adore the colours and the textures in the acrylic paint, and won’t tire of looking at this painting because of them. I used a palette knife for virtually all of it, giving me freedom to add the textures and smear on the paint. It was a perfect way of painting this particular subject!

The title came to me quite easily and is “The way through the woods”, as it can be viewed as a simple landscape or as a spiritual painting depicting the light at the end of struggle and challenges….

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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