Why I’ve found spring cleaning is important

Why I’ve found spring cleaning is important

I’m a tidy person, although not to the degree of obsession. Everything in the house has a place and I can lay my hands on even the stuff I don’t use that often, easily, if need be. I have a tidy and methodical mind that means when I do something it’s done in the best way I have been taught to do it.

When I work on a painting I have been taught to look at the whole picture, to work on the whole thing at the same time. So I don’t do the top right hand corner to perfection, and then work across the painting in the same way, I will instead do the loose underpainting, then build up the layers and get more and more detailed as the painting goes on until it is completed. So that means picking up brushes as and when I need them, or palette knives, having different paints out on my work bench as I work on the challenges of the work in progress.

When a painting is complete it will sit in my studio until its dry, and I will keep looking at it to make sure I am one hundred percent happy with it. Then when its ready it will go off to the client, or to where ever it is being exhibited. Of course no artist has a totally tidy studio, its the nature of the job that there will be open boxes showing paint tubes, or brushes in pots or work boxes, palette knives on the work bench, ideas for the next painting, unpainted canvases, or sketch pads for ideas, notes on noticeboards and spare pieces of board and paper to hand.

And there will also be on the admin side paperwork relating to the promotional, sales, or information side of being an artist. Some artists Artists work spacekeep on top of that side easily, some less so! I like doing the admin side with my methodical mind so it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, its part of what I have to do.

But, having done some spring cleaning last week I found that although we all think we are totally tidy and on top of the artwork, and paperwork, having a good tidy up, and throwing things out is actually a good way of decluttering the mind as well as the house. I realised last week that a particular box holding cardboard tubes for sending prints out in, was something that I had walked past every day on numerous occasions was in a place that had been useful from the day I bought it, and put it there. But I also realised that because it was infront of a small chest of draws meant I wasn’t using the storage space to the best of its abilities, and since throwing the box out (yayhey!)  but keeping the tubes in a better place I have found I have far more space and feel so much better for not being engulfed in stuff that I no longer need!

And that means it declutters the mind as well as the physical space. Because it makes you look at what you do have and think how you could better improve on doing something with it……! And that usually gets around to the artwork as well!

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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