Echoes of peaceful white in the third Happy Garden

Echoes of peaceful white in the third Happy Garden

Since the new theme of Happy Gardens paintings is about tranquillity in the garden I felt the next painting I did should feature just one, calming, colour of white. I think white gardens are very peaceful, and I wanted to emulate that peacefulness in this painting.

I had one photo that I’d taken whilst on holiday in Kent that I liked a lot and wanted to work from. But it hadn’t got a pond in it. And it also had other things within it that weren’t helping the composition I was after.

So this painting had far more artistic licence than the previous two paintings. 

I loved the pale blue bench since it would harmonise with the pale blues in the pool I was going to offset with it. I also wanted the white agapanthus in the painting since they are architecturally such pretty flowers in the way the curved leaves lean in various gentle directions, the long elegant stems have their beautiful flowers on top of them, and they always remind me of hot summery days in the southern counties. I also wanted the small pool to feature white water lilies with only three of the flowers out since three flowers look far more appealing in a small place than a lot, I feel. I also wanted the pool to have a pale stone edging so that the viewer could imagine walking around it, and peering into its mysterious  dark depths before walking on to the bench beyond it and sitting looking back at the tranquil peaceful garden. The pale terracotta pathway was a good balance with the white flowers and pale blue bench, adding warmth to the picture. I also made the hedge behind the bench darker and more solid than it was in my photo since it would made the whites stand out more luminously against it. I also didn’t give the pond too many reflections, otherwise the viewer would have missed the importance of the three white water lilies.

I painted a few white blossoms scattered on the pathway as I think scattered blossoms are so pretty.

Parts of this painting are in full focus, like the bench, the pond and the agapanthus in the foreground, but the rest of the picture is in soft focus adding to the important parts but not detracting from them. I love the curve of the pond edging as it leads you around to the bench, and I adore the soft curves of the plants leading you to it. I find this painting very harmonious and its been one of my favourites to create.

This painting is in acrylics on canvas and measures 23.5 x 19.75 and was easy to name.. “Echoes of white”.

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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