Caught up in limbo

Caught up in limbo

I’m having a strange week of waiting. Which always means I lose a bit of momentum, but I also know its part of the process when an artist does a commission for a client.

After the long weeks of discussion, and question asking, and answering. Of finding out what the client wants and doesn’t want. Of listening, and planning, and then creating. And having that wonderful permission from the client to be put some artistic creation into the work. And loving the effects of it. And getting so totally caught up in the artwork in question and being happy with the end result, even when two of the fourteen illustrations I was working on didn’t look the way I wanted them to, so I did them both again and was far happier that I did that (and knowing that the client wasn’t paying me any extra money to do that since they were paying for the job done, regardless of how many extra hours I chose to put into it). And finally, sitting back, and being happy with the end result of all of it. And knowing that I had put some extra technical ability into a couple of the images so that they looked better together, and then, finally, I’ve finished.

But gave myself another half day to check over the work, to make sure that they worked well, in harmony together.

And then telling the client.

And waiting for them to get back to me.

And waiting another day for them to get back to me.

And waiting another day after that for them to get back to me.

And still waiting another day for them to get back to me. P1070813

Not that that in any way is a problem, because I know that the client will get back to me, and is probably busy with other things, and that things are happening in the background that I am not aware of. It’s just part of the artist/client partnership, and one that I am used to. This waiting.

But it also means that I can’t settle to do anything else whilst I am waiting, not artistically anyway, because my mind is still caught up with the job I’ve just finished, and until it is written off by the client, and they are happy, I won’t start another job. My momentum is tied to it, and can’t be released until I know whether the client is fully happy with the work I’ve done. Then I can rest.


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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