Taking advantage in the woods

Taking advantage in the woods

p1100150Usually by the beginning of November most leaves have been blown off the trees and are lying soggily on the ground. So I knew when I looked out of my window yesterday morning, after a small overnight frost, and looking at blue skies, and lots of gorgeous leaves turning red and gold, I knew that if I didn’t act quickly, I wouldn’t get the chance to take the photos that I knew were out there, calling me to take!

I grabbed my camera and headed out, and I knew exactly the best place to go……


A local wood that is old enough to have older and bigger trees, and close enough for me to walk to without getting in the car. And big enough to have enough diverse trees giving me loads of different colours and sizes of leaves and tones to capture and see. And has wide enough bridle paths running by it that would give me even better chances of better photos.


I was out for two whole hours taking these photos, and during that time walked past four different men to nod and say hello to, one the farmer on his tractor, one a man riding a bike with his dog running alongside at full belt, one a man with a very bouncy younger dog that was wanting to come over and say hello, and an older man who I had a conversation with about the autumnal colours of the trees as he walked by, and since I knew having him in the photo would enhance the look of them, quickly took some shots as he disappeared off down the lane!

I was totally enamoured with the walk, the golden lighting, the soft purple shadows, the golden leaves, and crisp sunny air.



And when I got home, I knew there were quite a few photos… I just dp1100222idn’t realise quite how many until I downloaded all….er…. 224 of them..


Well.. I always say you can tell how much I like something by how many photos I take of it!

p1100217Here’s just a small selection of the ones I took, but you can see why I was so enamoured with the day, and the colours, being with nature, and being out in the countryside.

I did a watercolour painting some years ago of autumn trees with a couple walking below them (that sold very quickly at a local exhibition) and I have a feeling that I may well be soon inspired to paint another one!!

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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