Faces in the sky carrying on the tradition

Faces in the sky carrying on the tradition

Wanting to give my youngest nephew something special for his birthday last week I decided I’d give him a painting, something personal that I had created which I thought he would appreciate, and since he lives near the coast the obvious one I felt was of a beach scene in watercolours.

BeachWhen he thanked me he asked if I had put the face in it on purpose….

I smiled.

And my delighted reply to him congratulated him on seeing the face since I’ve hidden faces in the sky in other paintings too and told him about the most obvious ones. Although this one isn’t at all obvious, I love the hint of it, the fact that the clouds accentuate in the right places to make the features of the face in it.

The other two by comparison of mine that are far more obvious are “David and Martyn at the Royal Crescent, past, present and future” with loving relatives looking down with love and affection to the two subjects in the foreground. And “Guardian Angels” which celebrates the idea that when you move into an old house all the previous inhabitants are looking after you in a good way. So three paintings that I have created, with a few years between them all, but all a celebration of life, and connections, and love. Guardian Angels (3)

But which is your favourite, the obvious faces or the more subtle one?


David and Martyn at The Royal Crescent, Bath - past, present and future

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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