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Black white and ready

Black white and ready

Since the client has decided to let me be the judge of when this painting is finished, without seeing the finished painting in its entirety, and since I am fully aware of what their wishes are, I knew yesterday that I had virtually finished it other than adding textures in the poignant parts of the acrylic paint. 

And today looking at it afresh and just doing the final touches and of course signing it, I can stand back with a big smile on my face with this painting. I’ve loved doing it, I’ve loved creating it, and discussing it with the client who has given me the sort of artistic licence I prefer to let me make the creative decisions with it, around their stated wishes.

I love the fact some parts have lots of texture in it, and some parts don’t.

I love the three colours in it, just black, white, and red. Although I have used two reds in the painting, to give more depths to the scarlets one leaning towards the orange side, and the other to a bluer shade of red, to make the darker reds I mixed red and black together which hints at maroons and browns, and when the reds were mixed with white, the shades become pink, salmon pink, and hints of palest pink. So the red parts have a lot of depth of colour and tone because of those colour choices.

But also I love the contrasts which are created with the blacks and whites to make so many shades of grey. Because when you only have those limited shades, it makes the picture become more powerful I think, as the shades make their own statement, of being sold black, or solid white, or every shade of grey from dove grey to almost black between.

Whilst I think all of this painting works well and is well balanced, its the six stars that stand out the best being pure white against the solid black. I loved painting them, as they are just white flashing sparks of pure light.

Whilst I have not said what the subject matter is, I think there are enough hints to give clues as to what it might be, although there are symbols within the painting that may have relevance to various people, and even those who don’t recognise them will be curious as to their meaning. Before I started painting this picture I was only aware of a few of them, so I have learnt their meanings as I’ve done the research for this painting. I’ve loved doing it, and will be sad to see it go, but know that its going to exactly the right home, where it belongs…


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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