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Looking back at 2015 as the year draws to a close

Looking back at 2015 as the year draws to a close

Going for gold new

Although I have been busy with lots of art this year, looking back, these are the highlights ….

 

 

The year started well with me completing the “Going for gold” acrylic painting of three horses racing the wind. Although it didn’t get to the venue I had planned for it, it did go on elsewhere to been seen by the world and has had some really positive and wonderful responses.

Lancaster ink tones finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home is where the heart is

Cherry blossom gazebo kiss

In March I was commissioned to do a drawing of a Lancaster Bomber for a guy who was taking over a pub with connections to Sir Barnes Wallis. The drawing was required for the logo for the staff tee shirts and other promotional items. Although it was a simple drawing there was an awful lot of time taken up in drawing it out and finding the relevant source photos to enable me to do the artwork for it, I know a Lancaster Bomber on sight now!

 

 

May brought in another commission in the form of an oil painting for a guy who wanted to be depicted naked but wearing a red and gold befeathered Venetian carnival mask. I was particularly pleased with this painting since the guy in question wasn’t seated on the red leather settee in question that he was sitting on, neither was he wearing the mask that he sent a photo of. So I had to position man, settee and mask all together to make up the painting and make it look natural and realistic. Not an easy task but it worked really well in the painting and the client was delighted with it and my title of “Man of mystery”

 

Man of mystery

May also brought a wedding in Kent and I offered to do a painting for the bride and groom as my gift to them to celebrate. They were delighted to accept and I painted a watercolour of them kissing under a white wrought iron gazebo with cherry blossom above and below them, which leant itself so beautifully to watercolours with their delicacy. The bride told me she felt blessed to have the painting which I was really touched by, I do love this painting!Mike in Eureka swimming pool

 

 

 

The two landscapes that I am most pleased with this year are “The way through the woods” and “Home is where the heart is” both in acrylics on block canvas with lots of bright vivid colours.

 

The way through the woods

 

 

 

I think my favourite painting though is of “Mike in Eureka swimming pool” which was so perfectly my subject matter – of a man in a swimming pool, the deep turquoise in the background fading down to pale turquoises in the foreground, the whole thing almost abstract in its depiction due to the bright sunlight backlighting his head and glinting off the surface of the pool making gorgeous patterns. Water, sunlight, and reflections being soUnicorn 2 difficult to paint together, but this one worked delightfully as a concept and painting. It makes me feel happy to look at it…

 

 

And then, on to the end of the year when I was asked to paint “Unicorn 2” – a repeat of the unicorn painting I did a few years ago, but almost twice the size which gave me the opportunity to repaint all the fabulous colours again bringing out the best of the unicorn and moon and their interaction together.

 

Another diverse year, as have been the previous years. Painting pictures that are scattered around the country from north to south.

 

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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