Arty skies over Whitstable

Arty skies over Whitstable

Whilst chatting to a woman at the weekend who I’ve known for some years but not seen for a while I found out that she lives in Whitstable in Kent. And she found out that I’m an artist. Neither of us knew this about each other when we first met since the conversation never got around to either facts.

When I said to her how much I like Whitstable she started to wax lyrical about the sunsets over the sea there and how much she loves to sit her family down on the beach and just watch the gorgeous colours of the sky on the sea as the colours merge and change and grow more intense. She got out her smart phone to show me the colours of the one she took the week before and I wowed over the liquid golds in the sea and sky, the next photo she showed me was certainly Turneresque in its blazes of reds, oranges and yellows and we both smiled in our love of the artistic delight in a view. I always love to see sunlight on water.

She excitedly went on to tell me how many galleries there are in the town, and how she likes to show her children the pictures in them and is delighted at their love of the artwork too. We talked of our shared love of paintings and art and she said she’d love to come and watch me paint. I loved her passion for art, and always react in an upbeat and positive way when someone loves art as much as me. She then went on to say that at some point in the future she’d love to sit on the beach with me with us both sketching the sunset, whilst we sent our men off to have a drink, we’d just sit and draw! What a really lovely idea I thought!

And it reminded me of when I was last in Whitstable and saw a storm pass overhead, the sky was so dramatic, even though it was mostly just varying shades of greys all I wanted to do was paint it!

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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