The ease of being with old friends

The ease of being with old friends

This week has not gone as planned at all. I had presumed I would spend the majority of it painting the special painting that I had to leave off working on at the end of  last week. But instead someone else’s paperwork had to be sorted out and take priority over anything I wanted to do. It’s been a real faffy week of doing something for someone else that may or may not be something that they want doing in the long run. Either way, I had to prepare the information for them to make that decision.

So when an old friend asked if I wanted to meet him for lunch yesterday, the answer was a definite yes! We’ve known each other for 40 years,  and even though I’ve not seen him for almost a year, there is always an ease of being in his company as we ask after each others family, and he talks about his business and asks what artwork I’m currently working on. We talked about Game of Thrones, which we both totally love (dragons, swords, sorcery and naked women, what’s not to like!)  although he could remember characters and their relationship to each other far better than I could… You remember the guy who was the brother of the one who fought the duel for the Queen….. ? ER no…………….. which one was he again………….? His sister was the one who poisoned the young girl.. ! Did she? I don’t remember that bit at all…………. Yes, at the end, on the ship. What ship………….? Contemplating the shadows (2)

And we also had a shared interest in films, from the latest Marvel ones, to the next Star Wars one, war films with Brad Pitt in them, and Snatch – a favourite of both of us as we quoted various lines from it, going onto Jason Statham films, liking Vinnie Jones, him not liking Matt Damon films and me for the plus side of that one.

So at the end of the week, I have currently finished doing whatever I can do so far for the other person. And depending on what happens next week I am planning HOPEFULLY on working on the special painting that will be something good when its done. The subject matter is very simple, its the creation of it that will be the tricky part…



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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