Tell me.. and I can do it..

Tell me.. and I can do it..

I was chatting to a friend over the weekend who is thinking of a painting to go in her lounge, and asked me if I could do it for her, and how much will it cost…?

I asked what the image was of, and she told me, I asked what size she wanted, and she told me, and I asked what type of paint she wanted, and she told me acrylics, which made sense as she wants it on a large canvas…and she was quite specific about the colours she wanted which are fine, and will work for the painting.

I asked what price she wanted to pay for it?

She looked seriously at me and said “I don’t want to insult you, what price will it be?”

And I laughed and said “You won’t insult me”

Because I knew I could do it for her, and I know I can design a painting she will be happy with… and I wanted her to be happy with the price of it. If I said to her a far higher price than she was considering she would have said “Thanks, I’ll have a think about it”… and I’d have never heard about it again.

I always say to people who are wanting a commission..

“Do you want Lidl prices, Tesco prices, Waitrose prices, or Harrods prices?”

And that always makes them smile, as its supposed to, and depending what their answer is, gives me a far better idea of what price to aim for! I have an hourly rate that I work to, how many hours of my time do you want me to put into it?

When they then say a price, I know its a price they are happy with, and can afford, and they know then they aren’t going to upset me. And I know they will get the painting they want, for the price they want.

I like painting commissions! Much prefer it when people design their own artwork through me!

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.