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I was looking at it the wrong way round

I was looking at it the wrong way round

Since I do so many commissions, and have done over many years I know that I can paint anything that anyone asks me to do, whether its a landscape, a pet portrait, a big cat, a person naked or clothed, or a seascape. I can paint it in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pencil, pen and ink, or mixed media. In the style of traditional, surreal, fantasy, or abstract. That’s a big base to work around and one that I have always been proud that I can achieve.

But every so often, when the commissions go quiet, I go back to thinking about what I should specialise in as an on going set of paintings, one that galleries will relate to and like, one that the buying public will like, and one that means I can be excited and inspired about as well. And that is a big thing to ask for, on all counts, especially the one that keeps me excited and inspired, as I want to do a subject that I love and am passionate about as well of course. That goes without saying!

And over the last couple of years, since the last time I had a deep think about it and came up with an idea that totally inspired me, I was massively disappointed that it didn’t have exactly the same response in the right areas as I was expecting. The galleries that I contacted weren’t as inspired as I was. But, since then, in retrospect I can understand that, I can see their point, totally. My idea wasn’t mainstream enough.

So, my question to myself has been “What do I need to paint that galleries, and the buying public would be interested in?”

During the second half of last year I had a steady steam of commissions of various types and subjects that kept me busy through until Christmas, which was great, its always great to be busy with commissions. But now we’re in the new year and they have gone quiet again, which they do periodically, and which I’m used to as a self employed artist.

But then, because its quiet again, the everlasting question has arisen in me….

“What do I need to paint that galleries, and the buying public would be interested in?”

Last night, after a quiet evening I went to bed with that question running around my head. But just as I was dropping off, something must have kept my brain working on it as I fell asleep.

At 4am this morning it woke me up, with the answer!

And I realised that I had been looking at the question the wrong way around. What I should have been thinking was “If money was no object, and I had the opportunity, what would I choose to paint, to make me happy?

And the answer came to me instantly!

Something that I am totally passionate about, something that I would be happy to paint for ever more, that would inspire me, that I can specialise in, and would make others happy. Something that anyone would want to look at.

I mulled the ideas around in my head, until 6am, two hours of ideas bouncing around, two hours in the dark thinking as the ideas came to me. Even realising happily that I already have the source photos I need from photos I’ve taken in the last couple of years.

This morning, after a disturbed nights sleep, the idea is still as exciting, and fresh, and one that I love the idea of.

And I bet you can’t guess what it might be…?

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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