Making it nakedly interesting

Making it nakedly interesting

The current painting that I’m working on should be quite easy. It’s of a couple who are naked, and lying together with their legs entwined, there is nothing on show, which makes the painting tasteful and elegant. They have asked me to place the setting they are on, on a beach, with the sky, sea, and beach equally split three-ways between the horizontal format. Ok, yes, no problem. I am working from photos that I took and there is enough detail in the photos for me to see all the details I need to do this painting.

So what’s the problem then… you’re wondering.

Well, the problem if you want to call it that, is that the painting is to be done in black and white, and is quite large. So the only definition in the painting is in tone, not colour. And a long horizon isn’t very exciting when there aren’t any boats, rocks, or far off land to give your eye something to look at. And the sea is a gentle swell, not a fierce pounding rolling waves breaking over the beach. And the beach will be soft sand with just some footsteps on it. The couple, quite obviously, will be the main focal point in the picture. But the photos that were taken had a different light in them than being outside on a beach would have… so I will have to adjust that a little to make it look more realistic. They loved my painting “Let me take one last look” as the basis of the beach, so I will bear that in mind as part of the artist mindset for this different painting. Let me take one last look

So, its not going to be the simple painting that it first seemed when I started it. I need to spend a lot of time thinking about the light, the interest and the focal point (the couple!) being central to the painting, but looking natural in that gentle coastal landscape…

Fortunately its being done in acrylics, which means that I can paint light over darks if need be. And means that I can blend the tones better to make this painting look as good as I can make it.

It looks black and white, but the lovely soft greys will add so much detail and depth to it!

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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