The end of a challenging year

The end of a challenging year

This year has been a rollercoaster of year for me in lots of different directions..

As far as my artwork has been concerned I was DELIGHTED to create the “Happy Garden” theme of paintings over the spring and felt that I had found the happy balance of artwork that would motivate me and challenge me to paint water which I adore doing as its so difficult, and in a semi formal garden setting which would cause the feeling of serenity and tranquillity for viewers. I felt that a lot of people of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and living spaces, would like those picture since I had such a brilliantly positive response to them from everyone who saw them except for the one gallery who I had hoped would take them (judging by their selling space and the artists they represent!!) but for some reason known only to them, they declined them over an exasperating twelve week delay. But there will be some venue that will be the right one to showcase the artwork on, when I find it. I know with art that its finding the right connection of artist-artwork-adoring public that when it works is brilliant. 


Other than that I have done oddments of artwork and bits of framing, and teaching through the year so I am still being creative and arty as I love to be.


But as the year drew on my time was taken away from artwork, since my fellas frail 96 year old father was getting increasingly more frail and who died in the middle of November meaning that I was needed to help on a full time basis for a while in dealing with the effects, helping with the funeral arrangements, and deciding what needed to be done with everything that was part of someone else’s life,  that that understandably was going to take up a lot of time.


And just as I was getting ready for Christmas  and things were getting less busy, my beloved cat of 13 years Remus had to be put to sleep tragically leaving a massive whole in my life and turning my life upside down for a while whilst I came to terms with it. Everyone who met that cat loved his easy going ways and friendly temperament. 


So this year ends with some good artwork done, but not sold, some ideas for next year when I have time to sit down and do the artwork. And I have also revisited old artwork through the buyer of “Roses are red” asking me for a valuation of the watercolour I sold some years ago for the new owner of it, and also a brief bit of work the owner of “Gathering Force” wanted me to do on it.


Next year, when things quieten down I will do a painting of Remus and try and capture the character of that lovely cat, and of course paint more of the “Happy Garden” paintings.. and I also promised my fella some time ago that I would paint a picture of one of his favourite songs by David Bowie, a song so full of imagery in its words that it will make an enigmatic painting, and one which I am very much looking forward to doing for him!


So I wish everyone a happy 2018, and hope that this last year for you has been far less challenging than the one that I have experienced. 


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.