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How Uncanny!

How Uncanny!

At a social event over the weekend I bumped into a married couple who are friends of mine and who I’ve not seen for about a year. We kissed and hugged in greeting and after catching up with each others news the guy sat down next to me to ask how my artwork is going. He always asks this when I see him, and I love the fact he’s interested and genuinely wants to know what I’m up to. I told him that last year I had a load of nice commissions to do, then at the beginning of this year they dried up, as they do every so often, and when that happens I concentrate more on doing paintings for galleries and finding an inspiring niche market to explore. I explained that I had a gallery in mind I wanted my artwork to hang in, and for them to represent me, and that after chatting to a sales woman in one of their galleries I had painted six pictures of differing sizes, but of the same theme, so they could see the running theme and how I could paint to it, keep to the standard of the work and subject matter the same, and I had submitted the artwork to the gallery and was awaiting their feedback, although I thought it might be a couple of weeks before that would happen, so in the meantime I was painting more pictures to the same theme to show that I could continue with it, which is what galleries, and the people who follow and buy art need to know.

At no point did I actually mention what the theme was, and didn’t even give any clues at all as to what it might be.

My friend was interested in the way I was talking passionately about the artwork, and since he is also self employed he could see the benefit of an artist finding regular work through selling art through a gallery, and said that he as a handy man sometimes did sub-contract work through builders since he knew then that he would get regular work, and it would help him get his name around for prospective customers. I nodded in agreement that that would be a good thing for him, as he said that if you don’t have an online presence people tend to ignore you, even it you don’t use it, it helps to be on the internet. We carried on talking and he said that he felt that sometimes we all get caught up too much with technology, and I nodded in agreement. I think we all need quiet spaces in our busy lives as well as the bustling ones. He agreed, and then he said something that made me stop and look at him in amazement !!!!

He had said “We all need more ******* in our lives”

I looked at him and said “But, that’s what my subject matter is for my new paintings, just exactly THAT!!!”

And we both looked at each other, and I laughed in absolute delight.

Doesn’t that just prove it, exactly the point I am trying to make!!!

He had no knowledge of my subject matter, I had given him no clues, and yet the one thing he felt as a middle aged guy who knows and likes people, is that we need more of the one thing I have chosen as my new theme…. Uncanny!!!

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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