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Sixth Happy Garden painting is even more tranquil

Sixth Happy Garden painting is even more tranquil

I adore stone arches, I find them intriguing, particularly when they are in garden walls and have a tempting view beyond.

So I wanted the sixth Happy Garden painting to feature an arch in the wall of a courtyard garden but also a shaped raised stone walled pond that would be somewhere that the viewer would want to sit and peer into. The water in this pool is particularly enigmatic since it doesn’t seem to have any fish or plants in it, but I think anyone in this courtyard garden would want to check what they can see below the surface before wandering on up the steps to the delights of the garden glimpsed beyond.

Or maybe just sit at the waters edge and peer into the liquid depths of it, for as long as it gave them pleasure to do so.

The colour scheme for this painting is basically yellow.. the yellow of the stonework, and the yellow of the flowering plants and the climbing roses growing at the side makes this a pretty painting with no strong tones in it. I enjoyed making the shape of the raised pond to an eight sided one with the angled edges rather than a plain round one although the rounded shape in the archway softens the angular lines. The red plant between the arch and the raised pool anchors them together and creates their inter connection.

The pool is painted in sharp focus but the rest of the painting is more hazy, making the pool and water the focal point.

The painting is called “Tranquil waters” and is painted in acrylics on canvas measuring 16 x 12 inches, so one of the smaller of these set of paintings, and I loved fitting in all the details of this painting, working from a couple of photos but also changing some of the details and making up parts of it totally from my imagination, this one has a lot of artistic licence in it too!

I think its a very pretty picture, and love the turquoise green of the water, which again doesn’t reflect the sky too much as these paintings are about the enigmatic mysterious water and not the reflections of the sky above 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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