Artistic mystery filling in the blanks

Artistic mystery filling in the blanks

Being an artist, I am often asked questions relating with things to do with art, but not necessarily about painting pictures… a few weeks ago I was asked the best way to just clean an oil painting hanging on the wall (gently with a slightly damp but very clean, lint free cloth), and about two weeks ago a friend asked me the best way to get her 13 year old daughter started on oil painting, and what subject matter she should paint (whatever she loves painting the best! was my reply).

I saw a friend of mine at the weekend, and the minute she saw me she got out her phone to ask me if I had a clue as to what the name of the artist was on the painting she wakes up to every morning. I looked at the writing in the place where the artists name should be in the photo and couldn’t work out even the first letter of what I was taking to be the surname.. was it an F? or a T? or even a J? or a stylised  S? When I said that outloud to my friend, she said she thought the word on the other side was the artists name, and where I was looking was the title of the picture. I looked doubtfully at it, and saw what she meant. She’s had that painting for many years and loves it, and just wanted to know more about the artist who painted it.

Just in passing I asked where she had bought it, thinking that would help me a bit to find the answer for her.. if it was on holiday in this country or abroad, or in a gallery, that might give me a clue. But the answer was “At a Boot sale”. 

Ok, no clues then.

And just to add to the mystery I don’t think that the title is written in English..

And also, and maybe partly due to that, the letters are written in a flamboyant way, so what I am taking to be the letter “O”.. might just be a U, or an A….

I think the best start could be to work out all the permutations of what the letters could be, and start from there… And having said that, there is no saying that the artist might even be found easily.. some artists aren’t out in the world on the internet!

I shall enjoy the challenge though, its a fun artistic one..


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.