Finding delight in the smallest of details

Finding delight in the smallest of details

I was chatting to a friend of mine over the weekend who had just come back from a Caribbean cruise and I asked her how she’d enjoyed her holiday and she replied that she had enjoyed it immensely and loves that area of the world for her holidays. She went to to ask me how I was liking living in Kent and she loved how I was waxing lyrical about the sunsets from this area and she said they were indeed far better than any she had ever seen when in the West Indies. She then asked me with a serious face if I had really looked at the sunsets and I laughed and said I had! I had taken loads of photos of them, as they changed so much just in a few minutes. Such intensity of colours. She nodded in agreement.

I  then thanked her for sending me photos of the sunsets over Whitstable before I moved to this area as the colours were stunning!! She nodded and said we’ll have to go out together and paint them and I agreed, and added “But not before Christmas, in the new year, I’ll have more time then!” She nodded again in and then said “Do you ever look at autumn leaves, at the colours in them? I look at them and go ‘Wow’ and people ask what I’m looking at and I say ‘That leaf, the colours!’ and they say ‘But its only a leaf!’ and I say, ‘Its not just a leaf, its colours!” and I smiled as she said that and said I would be doing exactly the same, I can’t resist looking at trees and sunlight on dappled leaves. She asked me how she should capture the colours and I said, “Really look at them and capture that colour in the best way possible in crayon, or pastel, something you don’t need to mix with water, just use instantly!” And then I said that I seem to see colours that other people don’t, as I had had so many conversations over the years with people who had told that that! She asked if it was possible to teach yourself that, and I said “Yes, with practice, every week, or every day ideally, just look, and draw, and draw anything, that will help to train your brain!”. 



As we parted with a smile she said “Sorry for talking about so much art!” and I replied with a big smile “You can talk to me about art, anytime, I never get bored of it!”

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.