Is it staring me in the face?

Is it staring me in the face?

I had a simple and strong concept for the painting, and that has gone the way I wanted it to. I had a colour scheme for the painting that has gone better than I wanted it to. The main design is as I planned it, and its actually a simple design so the composition is fine too. The main subject matter stands out far better than I expected it to and there is a life within the texture that I hadn’t planned but works beautifully. Technically the painting was almost finished a week ago….. and yet…

And yet I keep staring at it….

Wondering what it is I want to change in it…

Because somehow ………………’s not right.

And if its not right then its my job to make it right.

And here we come to the crux of the matter… because I really don’t know what to do to improve on it.

Which is making me wonder if it’s finished and I’m looking for something that doesn’t exist. But that can’t be right either. My gut reaction is telling me to change something. The reason I can’t find it is puzzling me. I always know how to change things to improve them. Which is making me wonderButterflies painting 1  (1) whether to link the background better to the main subjects, or dull down the background so the main subjects are more prominent. I need to find more flow within the painting so that it “reads” better. I think that is the main crux of it. At the moment there is no Notan  … the lights and darks aren’t linked to each other, they are just placed, rather than gathered together to link the painting.

That’s the problem….. !!

Right, back to staring at it and seeing what I need to change….

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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