Once…upon a time has come to erotic life

Once…upon a time has come to erotic life

A few years ago I read a book by James Herbert.. I like some of his books if they’re not too gruesome and this one is certainly my favourite of his – “Once” . Its not one of his well known ones but my man loved it and lent me his copy to read and it is certainly the most erotic of James Herberts books that I have read, and as soon as I read it I promised my man that one day I would paint particularly one of the images in it. And funnily enough its one of the erotic scenes..!!

And whilst we are in this busy year of change I now have the opportunity to do it. 

I made some notes in my art notebook a few weeks ago and after we came back from our holiday in France I have been searching for suitable source photos I can use to create the painting I want to do..

The notes are these.. ( the main character, a young man,  is walking through an English woodland that becomes more magical the more he sees of it but this is at the start of the book when he isn’t aware of that, when he comes to..)


A hushed world, shaded and cool shafts of sunlight angling through the twilight in long shimmering beams.

He came upon a huge oak tree one easily remembered because of its age and shear scariness, gnarled bark seemed to contain images carvings that were not quite discernible resembling grotesque twisted figures and tortured faces. 

Like fireflies from bright silver to violet from white to pale green, iridescent and twinkling, the dancing lights sparkled. Seven of them glimmerings as bright as diamonds and looking as delicate as snowflakes they flittered in and out of the leaves. Their peripheries appeared to take on every hue of the spectrum, they sparkled as they zipped through the air like brilliant insects in spectacular display. Like dragonflies they sometimes hovered blue of tiny pellucid wings.

These delicately beautiful creatures were the darting satellites of a quite ethereal reclining figure whose flesh was so white it might have been purest marble, it was human, it was a girl, her skin unblemished, her curves slightly rounded, her naked breasts small, the most sensual figure he’d ever seen. She lay back between two stout roots of a large oak, the thick gnarled limbs spread like welcoming arms around her, long yellow hair, small face finely pointed chin, high cheekbones, narrow shoulders, a cascade of wild golden locks, her lips parted pink and moist in passion her slender body writhed lanquidly, her body slight, her breasts small but mature and beautifully formed, slight roundness of stomach, hairless place between her thighs, long fingers soothed and fondled, the tiny lights shared her frenzy and ecstacy, a few went to her erect nipples, she was not tall, a fraction less than five feet, unconcealed wantonness, age indeterminate, eyes closed in rapture. 


I spoke to my man as we discussed the young woman in the scene, as to what she would look like and have made a few small changes to how we want her to look. My fella has now said “Get on with it then, I don’t want to see it until you’ve finished it..!!” So that is what I am doing , the image is a large one, it will be 30 x 22 inches and I have decided to do it in acrylics as I can get all the fine detail better that way. I love painting fantasy pictures, I love painting erotic women, I love painting woodlands, so putting it al together will be something I am very much looking forward to doing.. I have drawn it out as a small image to check the shapes work well for the painting, and now painted the first couple of layers of the proper painting to get the background colours in and now comes the fun part, creating the gnarled old grotesque oak tree and then I can paint the young erotic woman, and when she is complete I can paint the tiny fairies that are sharing her rapturous moments..

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.