As I am writing this, it’s just been announced with shock to all hearing it that the American singer Prince has died at the relatively young age of 57. I was actually in the process of writing this blog post about Victoria Wood who died yesterday (with even more for me shock when I heard it) at the not much older age of 62. Whilst I like some of Princes more famous songs I am more of a fan of Victoria Wood with her talent for English Northern humour, and her fabulous insightful observations on the quirkiness of people creating comedy in everyday life.  I loved most of what she did and can still laugh outloud when I watch Dinner Ladies and listen to her hilarious one-liners when she does stand-up. I’ve watched her progress over the years from when she first came on the television in 1976, and since then has greatly entertained us all with her songs, laughter, writing and acting abilities.

And whilst it is incredibly sad that she has died, along with so many talented singers, actors, and comedians already this year (and I know so many people are reeling at what seems to be at least one celebrity death every week so far in this strange year) what I am aware of, and want to comment on is the legacy of what they have left behind.

The shared joy of laughter with Victoria Wood, and the musical talents of Prince and David Bowie, the acting abilities of Alan Rickman…. they all leave behind a legacy for us all to still enjoy their talents even though they are no longer living, they live on through the internet, and television, DVDs and downloads. We can still enjoy them in the same way we always have and that is so heart warming…..

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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