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Re-acquainting with my older Repton black and white drawings

Re-acquainting with my older Repton black and white drawings

I knew when I started this week sorting out the various updates for my website that it made sense to add the older black and white pen and ink drawings of Repton (in south Derbyshire) to the new batch that I finished off for Repton Parish Council in the summer. Repton is such a photogenic village, and a joy to draw as far as I’m concerned but then I am somewhat biased since I grew up there and know it so well !

The new drawings that I’m adding are ones that I did some years ago but are still valid as lovely drawings I think, and ones I am as proud of now as when I first did them.

high-street-repton

The first one is High Street in Repton with the lovely different houses leading  towards the church including a couple of my favourite white and black timbered ones.

The second on is the Old Priory as viewed through the Arch, leading in to Repton School and situated by the church, and again I love the dormer windows in the roof, the old stonework and the tree casting its shade.

old-priory-repton

 

The third one is the view of Repton so many people know, of the stone Cross, and St Wystans church behind it. The brick buildings frame the view so well.

church-cross-repton

It was a lovely reminder in the summer when I did the new pen and ink drawings for Repton Parish Council, about how effective these black pen and ink drawings are for drawing tones and textures from stonework, to bricks, tiles, old timbers, foliage, all drawn with a technical pen to get the fine details and lovely delicate lines. I love them!

But which of these three do you like best?

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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