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Applying the “Be an artist”

Applying the “Be an artist”

I’ve finished off the first of the mystery paintings with the new theme. I’m happy with it and love the message I want to get across through it. So, now I’m ready to do the second painting.

But like all novelists, songwriters, know, its the second (book, or album) that’s the tricky one!!

I had a couple of ideas for that second picture earlier in the week and drew out a couple of pencil sketches to work out the focal point, and the way the eye is lead through the painting. This canvas is a lot smaller than the first one as I want to try different sizes to get the message across, and I know that not everyone likes, or can afford, larger canvas’s.

So, idea in my mind, I kept looking at it and realised that it wasn’t getting the right message across.

I said to my fella that I knew exactly what I wanted to paint, but I hadn’t got a photo to use as my source photo. To which he responded with “You’re an artist, paint it!!” and I smiled and said it wasn’t quite like that, as I needed a photo to work from.

So I had a rethink about it, and realised that the picture I wanted to paint was one I could see in my head, and related more to a place I knew really well, but it was the enhanced version I could see in my head, not the actual version.

I searched through my source photos of the place in question. And found two images. They were taken a few years apart. But… part of one of the images had exactly what I wanted in the bottom left hand corner but the top right part of it wasn’t what I wanted, but in the other photo, the top right part was exactly what I needed, but the bottom left hand corner wasn’t. Ok, then, I’ll put the two correct parts together in the image to make the correct image that I want for the painting. And slightly twist the angle around from the photo, as that makes it a better image, and take out a couple of items in it that I don’t need, and then it will become the image I want it to be!   The best version of how it should look using artistic licence !         I’m being an artist!!

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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