Continuing my love affair of Kent

Continuing my love affair of Kent

I’ve just come back from a fortnights holiday in Kent and have loved exploring more of that wonderful county that has so much to offer. The fact that the sun shone for most of the time has certainly helped me to take lots of inspiring photos, as blue skies and sea are always alluring as far as I am concerned!

I was able to explore more of Whitstable on this trip and ventured further into the town and along the beach, and can fully understand why its such an up coming place for a lot of visitors, having so much to offer even with a shingle beach.  And can recommend the fish and chips on the harbour there but didn’t attempt to try the oysters which the town is famous for… Whitstable

Visiting Ramsgate on the last day was also a big bonus, since the blue sky and turquoise sea lapping on the glorious soft sandy golden beach was very inviting, enough for a paddle and a wish to stay a lot longer next time. A stroll along the promenade and around the harbour area was a delight and I enjoyed chatting with a gallery owner there who enthused about thRamsgate harboure arts festival the town holds every year. The town was a mixture of older more classy shops and some cheap and cheerful ones which probably caters for most of the visitors there.


But other than trips to the coast I thoroughly enjoyed the visits to the two manor houses I got to explore – the first I had heard of before – Penshurst Place near Tonbridge which is described as one of the grandest and most perfectly preserved manor houses in England with 48 acres of grounds and is over 650 years old. I loved the Elizabethan walled gardRamsgate beachens with their individual characters celebrating a colour scheme or one type of shrub or flower like the peaceful and fragrant rose garden. The old village next to it with its ancient church seemed an apt end to the day as well.

Penshurst Place



The other wonderful manor house I had not heard of until the week before I went away was Scotney Castle at Lamberhurst near Tunbridge Wells. This was actually two houses – the newer one built in Victorian times in the Elizabethan style on a hill, but although it was very interesting mostly for me for the paintings hanging on the walls, I much preferred the older castle, which used to be a 14th Century moated castle but was purposely ruined to make a fairytale  folly now sitting in the most picturesque and glorious setting of carefully created gardens around it and over and through it. Dappled in sunlight it was a gardeners delight too, and I also loved going inside the building and peering through the old mullion leaded windows thinking of the many others from centuries ago who had also done and the same and even seeing inside the prScotney Castleiests hole. Wonderful!

Whilst I was getting immersed in the history one place that was an unexpected delight was the village of Cobham near Gravesend which seemed to have about twenty houses but three large and busy pubs including the Leather Bottle, which Charles Dickens visited and included as a location in his Pickwick Papers. Of course the interior of the pub is filled with Dickens memorabilia, so again I loved the history aspect and enjoyed a cider in the spacious beer garden. Most old places in Kent seem to have the connection with Charles Dickens or Henry the Eighth, which is more than enough to keep me happy! The Leather Bottle pub Cobham










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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