Looking at the world through someone else’s eyes

Looking at the world through someone else’s eyes

As an artist I am motivated by colour, by beauty in line and light, by captivating an image I see infront of me. I can’t change doing that, its how my brain works, its how I have honed my skills and talents and interests.

Last week whilst finally out in the big wide world after the enforced time I’ve had to stay in to rest my foot, I got chatting socially to a guy who I have met once before and then only briefly. This time I was able to have more of a chat with him and since he mentioned he had to be up early for work the next day it prompted me to ask what his job was…

“Fireman” he said. I raised my eyes and smiled and said what I thought was being observant but turned out to probably be a crass comment when I asked him if he enjoyed being a hero? I suppose he was used to that sort of comment, but he surprised me with his answer. I am used to talking to lots of different people from many diverse backgrounds, but I hadn’t expected the down to earth but spiritual answer he gave me. He explained that he didn’t consider himself a hero at all, very few firemen do, but they do the job because, well, no one else does. He felt that people need to ring someone in an emergency, someone who would go to their help, and rescue them from a situation that in a lot of cases is life changing. He felt that he was just pleased to be there to help anyone who needed it and didn’t want any accolades for it. Fitzy Living Flame

He did go on to say though that he was certainly an adrenaline junkie – he loved riding a motor bike, and practicing martial arts amongst his various interests, and that made me smile, as it fitted more the image that you would expect of a fireman. We agreed between us that we are both so used to the jobs we do, that you can’t help judging the world by your main interest in it.

He looked around the room we were in, and he made a comment of how many fire exits there were in it, and the material the ceiling was made of. I hadn’t considered either of those things, its not my vocation’s interest.

But I had noticed the way the artificial light had lit up a the people infront of me, and how I would draw them if I had the opportunity. I had noticed the interplay of colour and light, and form, and tones. I do it as automatically as he did his job. Its deep inside, and part of the person we are…..

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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