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The Calling recalled

The Calling recalled

An artist should always be improving their artistic talents and techniques I believe. We don’t stay the same, we improve every time we paint a picture, which of course means that some artwork that we do in previous years won’t always be as good as the later stuff. Of course, a lot of the time the earlier work is sold on to clients who love it. As indeed the artist loves it whenever they send a painting out into the world. Its just occasionally we get the chance to revamp a favourite painting, only because we still have it in our possession, and the opportunity has arisen for it to go to be exhibited somewhere new.

And that’s what I’ve done this week.

The painting in question is perfect for the title, the concept, the meaning, as far as I am concerned. And the way I painted it at the time, was the best way to do this acrylic painting on canvas, it had the magic within it that I wanted to capture.

But looking at it afresh this week, I can see instantly that I could improve on it. And I wouldn’t send a painting to a gallery unless I felt it was the best version of that painting I could do.

But in revamping it, I didn’t want to loose the magic that made it.

So I didn’t want to repaint it, not at all, I just wanted to go over what was there and make it…. better. A stronger painting.

The painting is entitled “The calling”. It is a triangular painting in that it has three things within it that are *calling* to each other, the woman, the moon, and the spirits. Every person who views it will have their own interpretation of whether it is the moon calling the spirits, the woman calling them, or they her. To add to the mystique she has stars garlanded in her hair. All of this I am happy with, but going over the painting, I have made the full moon brighter, the night sky darker, the spirits fuller, the woman’s cloak redder, her hair lighter, the stars more subtle. Everything is pushed towards better. I also wanted the spirits to be hinted at as they were before, and I can count at least thirteen faces there within them, forming within the energies …

But, and this is part of the magic, I know that other people will always find faces in my paintings that I haven’t planned….. The Calling (first version)The Calling -001

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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