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A book at bedtime adds to it

A book at bedtime adds to it

The painting I am currently working on has a mystical feel to it,  and I will continue to work towards it having a magical and ethereal feel within it. The subject matter is from nature although I will put a lot of artistic licence into the creatures that are depicted within it to make them look more magical. I am currently working on the background to it, and until that is fully and completely done I won’t start of the fun part which is the creatures themselves. I can’t wait until that part but know that the background has to be correct for the message within to be best illustrated.

So to that end am trying to keep the background to within a limited colour scheme that is currently pinks and golds. I say currently because as the picture evolves under my brushes I may find that a few more colours might have to be incorporated to give more depth to the painting. I didn’t choose just red and  yellow which would give me the secondary colour of orange, but a bluely pink which has a touch of purple in it, and gold which also has a hint of blue within Butterflies painting 1  (2)it, so that gives me more depth of tones which will make it better to look at and keep it harmonious.

I know what effect I am trying to capture as the background and will continue until I am happy that depth has been created.

But it dawned on me late last night, after a lovely weekend spent with my man catching up sociably with good friends and relaxing over a glass or two, that there was something else that would help me get into the mindset of this painting in another, more subtle way. Maybe it was sitting outside in the spring Butterflies painting 1  (1)sunshine, watery as it was, that inspired it.

I quickly found what I was looking for, and with a smile, turned to a book that I read as a child although the version of it that I currently have has stories in it that I don’t recall reading before, even when I was a lot younger. Some of them are very familiar though, and I shall be interested to read them and see how the stories relate to me now as an adult with a life of experience analysing the sometimes very dark messages they convey behind the obvious one only a child would see.

And even though I know that the subject matter that I am painting to my knowledge won’t appear within the stories, for some reason reading Grimms Fairy Tales feels exactly the right thing to be reading at the moment to get me into the right mindset……

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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