The way through the woods leading others further on

The way through the woods leading others further on

I was most touched to be asked by my Primary School teacher friend this week if I would be happy to give my permission for her to get her 7/8 year old pupils to re-create my “The way through the woods” acrylic painting on a large sheet using small amounts of powder paint sprayed with water and built up over a five day process. She said there would be lots of texture within the painting which intrigued me as to how the colours would blend together. The kids would be working from the photo she had on her phone of my painting. So they wouldn’t have the fine detail infront of them. And doing it all together meant that it was a joint effort at creativity and not one person only working on the piece of art.

It was part of a spirituality in woodland celebration that the kids were being taught about which I thought was a really lovely idea!

When I first did my acrylic painting on canvas I wanted it to be strong in colour but also have the “optical mixing” aspect that artists sometimes use to create excitement within their artwork – as the colours that are actually in the picture mix in the eye as it looks at it to create other colours. I love using that effect, and this subject of a woodland scene lent itself very nicely to the way of painting in that impressionistic style.

Of course I said YES! And have asked her to show me the photos of the working process the kids use! Can’t wait to see the result! I love it when creativity creates more creativity!!

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.