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One becomes a nice rounded Six

One becomes a nice rounded Six

Whilst in Derby yesterday I decided to compound my current thoughts regarding my latest mystery painting by visiting the particular gallery that I would really like to have my paintings hanging in.

I noticed as I walked through the door that they had got new artists exhibiting with them since my last visit, so I was intrigued with the specific new artists as much as the new paintings there. And as I went around the viewing area, I compared my technical ability with the artwork there that covered all subjects from still life, landscapes, florals, seascapes, animals, fantasy art, and bright contemporary pieces. And I knew I equalled all of them. So, my technical ability is fine, its the subject matter now that is important.. something new, something different, but something appealing, and something that other people will want to buy…

I’m always gratified when I go into that particular gallery that a friendly member of staff will come over and ask if I want any help or advice regarding anything they can help with. I smiled, and said I was fine as I thanked her, but then turned back to her and said “Well, actually, I’m an artist who would love to have my artwork on your walls!” and she smiled back at me at my obvious passion for the idea. I went on to say that I had tried a couple of years ago with a style of painting that I thought would be acceptable for them, but it obviously wasn’t what they were looking for at that time. And to a degree I could understand why. But now I had a new idea for a painting theme and had almost finished the particular painting that was the first one. She asked what the subject matter was and I gave her a brief idea, without being specific, because it will be the painting that will do the talking, and other people within the organisation that will make the decision regarding whether its what they want or not (as she was as aware of, as I was). She was incredibly helpful though in saying that I would be best to send in six images to the submission process, not the one or two that I thought they were looking for. And of course, that made the best sense. How do you get a feel for an artists work on one only image, six tells the tale in a far more rounded way!

So, six it is!

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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