Capturing all the diverse textures

Capturing all the diverse textures

The new mystery painting is coming on nicely, its about 90% finished.. But, it’s the last ten percent that brings a painting together. And the slowest part of the painting process. Because its not just about the last bits that want finishing off, its about pulling the whole painting together as a harmonious whole. Its making sure the area that is the main focal point is obvious, and that the other aspects in the image point or lead your eye in that direction. Its making sure that the high lights are light enough, and that the darks are dark enough. Its making sure that splashes of colour reappear within the image as compliments to it, to make the eye happy at what its looking at, that it all fits together.

And even though I’m painting this picture in acrylics on canvas, I also have to wait for natural daylight to work in. I know from past experience that painting in too much artificial light as the daylight fades gives misleading tones, and the finer parts like the finishing off are best to be done when its daylight again the next day.

So, I’m capturing light for the painting, and making sure that the eye leads nicely around the picture.

But I’m also painting more than 19 textures within the painting too. And they have to look like the textures they are, as they lead into the painting as well…

Some of them already are right, and make me smile in their pleasing ways. Some could be better… and its those I’m working on today…

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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