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Hearing my name on the nearly naked radio

Hearing my name on the nearly naked radio

Local writer Stuart Haywood had rung me this week to inform me that he would be being interviewed on the radio today…… and would be mentioning my name as the artist who had first drawn him in the nude a few years ago and made the experience so comfortable for him that he had embraced naturism to the point of having his holidays at clothing optional venues, so that his wife could accompany him but not strip off herself since it wasn’t something she wanted to experience in public. So tuning in earlier today around lunchtime to BBC Radio Derby I was aware near enough of the subject matter coming up. What others thought of it I have no idea but I thought the interview went well, and it amused me that the female presenter said that she hadn’t interviewed anyone in the nude before, although she was fully dressed,  and it was certainly funny to hear about something so visual being discussed on a medium like the radio where you make all your own images in your head!

Not helped that Stuart said he had kept just his socks on. Not a good look!! 🙂

Stuart Haywood baring all at 75 (2)Radio Derby buildingHe is in his late 70’s now and I thought I would show the watercolour painting I did for him as a commission to celebrate his 75th birthday. I put in it all the aspects that were important in his life, his wife, their garden that they had designed and grew rare roses in, his love of cricket and learning, his previous jobs as greengrocer, writer and bookmaker, his love of music and the full circle of the name “Adshead” – being the bookmaker who first employed him and where he met his wife, and me the artist who had had such a big impact on him too.

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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