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You can smell the lavender in the fourth Happy Garden painting

You can smell the lavender in the fourth Happy Garden painting

After painting the white themed painting for the Happy Gardens theme it seemed natural for me to then do another painting based on just one colour, and one type of flower to feature in it. I’ve always loved lavender and at my last house had a stone pathway in the garden that I built myself and lined with lavender bushes since I wanted the scent of them to fragrance the garden as I brushed past them.

I found a couple of photos to work from for the source photos for this painting and again wanted a round pool with a pale stone edging to feature in this lavender painting.

I purposely painted the pathway through the lavender bushes in shades of yellow, being the opposite colour to purple on the colour wheel and adding to the contrast of the purple themed painting.

Even though there is just one type of flower within the painting there are lots of underlying colours under the lavender, with splashes of pink, turquoise,  and yellow giving a vibrancy to the picture. Its a simple picture but there was a lot of careful planning and placing of the stems of the lavender leaning into the pathway but not blocking it, so the viewer should be invited in to this garden and sit a while on the pale green bench, complete with two X’s in the design (as kisses!) for lovers to sit together.

And this garden path leads off to the side of the pool as well, so you know there is more to explore in this garden when you are ready to do so.

I have been intrigued with this painting that most people who have seen the collection of these paintings together in real life have reacted more favourably to this painting than the others.  And I can only presume that they can smell the lavender in the air from the way I have painted it, which is compliment enough for it, and why I have called the painting “Scents of lavender”.

It is in acrylics on canvas, and measures 20 x 16 inches.

And again I love the mysterious depth of water in the pool, the reflections of the lavender bushes in it and the little fountain gently splashing up and out to form the conical shape and small ripples of movement within the surface of the water.

 

 

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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