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We’re always in the middle, never at the end

We’re always in the middle, never at the end

Artists learn that they can paint, or maybe, like in my case, they never put down the paints and crayons from when first picked up as a small child. Then the first urges to create, to copy, to capture, to make art starts and it doesn’t go away that urge.

The art changes. The ability to create, the technical abilities and expertise that are learnt by practice, practice, practice. The excitement of capturing that image grows with our abilities and talents. Talents that are honed over hours and hours, weeks, years, decades.

When other people notice the art, and make comments, it gives the art more credence, more importance somehow.

And if the artist decides to sell that art to other people, and they pay for that talent, it makes it even more exciting as an artist. Someone values it to pay for it, to want to own it for themselves.

Some artists get to that point early on in their careers and know what it is that they want to paint, and what sells well to their buyers. They might then spend the rest of their working life never changing that niche, always happy with that place that they have made and the art they create.

Other artists are always striving to improve, to push themselves and their boundaries. They want to try new ideas, and are never happy with what they have made, knowing that they can do better next time. And the time after that, and the time after that.

But I think that whatever sort of artist we are, we are always wanting to make something better than last time, to keep creating and improving, and finding new ideas and putting them down in a painting. Even the artists who make it to the big time this week, weren’t happy with their art six months ago.

And that’s the thing about being an artist, we are never at the end, we are always in the middle of our creative process. Always striving to be better, to want more. But then, the more we do, the better we become, surely?

The case in point being these two paintings of mine, the one on the left is “Nightmares” and is in watercolour. The painting on the right is in acrylics on canvas and is called “Going for gold”. They are both very similar in subject matter, three horses racing each other against the wind. There is movement and colour and power in the horses and the paintings.

And twelve years between them in their creation. But which do you prefer…..?

Nightmares

Going for gold new

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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