What colours he asked

What colours he asked

I’m getting on nicely with the commission I am doing for Stuart Haywood, for what he refers to as his “snuff it” painting… He’s both joking and serious about the reason for the painting he wants me to do.

He’s very aware of his own mortality now he is in his 80’s and wants this painting done to be displayed on his coffin he has informed me. Although we both are hoping that is a long way into the future!

I took the photo of the pose he wanted, which will have some shock value for some of his friends, and that is part of the reaction he wants I think! And this week I am getting on nicely with it, its a while since I’ve done a watercolour and I am loving using them again for this particular painting.

Stuart is intrigued how the painting is progressing and my comments on Facebook last week that I was enjoying putting the colours together for my latest commission. He asked if it was his commission I was referring to, and asked what colours I was talking about.

My reply to him was that it was indeed his commission I was referring to, and of course I have to put the colours together for the painting, to make it work so that its interesting to look at, there are colours to leave in, and colours to take out from the photo I was working from. The colours have to flow around the painting, and not be too stark, and clash. There has to be harmony within the painting so that the eye of the viewer follows the composition – its how an artist tells people what is important in the picture and where to look, what is the focal point, and what is less important. If I didn’t do that, the darkest part of the photo I am working from would be the black box behind him, and that would be the focal point!

So, ALL of the colours!





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.