Kent bound

Kent bound

Kent bound

When I went to the fabulously festive Dickens festival in Rochester in early December I was so inspired in the place and the history of the place and how much it featured in Charles Dickens life I started to read “The Old Curiosity Shop” by him which has had me totally and utterly enthralled in its tale of beauty and goodness and greed and envy and the way it portrays all aspects of humanity with its depictions of love, family, gambling addictions, friendship, lack of want, greed and avarice, with sometimes laugh out loud comedy scenes intermingled among it, I have with regret finished reading the book today but know that it has one that I absolutely adore and will read again at some later time. I adored it! 

But also whilst reading it I was also totally besotted with the pen and ink drawings that accompanied the tale, giving greater depth to the story and illustrating the way people lived then, in such a way that is virtually impossible to imagine nowadays when we have instant heat and light, ease of travel and all manner of ways of communicating. Seeing these drawings made  the tale even more poignantly. 

And it also inspired me. 

As I love doing pen and ink drawings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And also since I had a couple of hours each day in the last week when I wasn’t putting up Christmas decorations, making mince pies, delivering Christmas cards. that I could so some pen and ink drawings of my own. And these dark and miserably days of grey skies and rain too quickly turning to the twilight and complete darkness by 4.30 in the afternoon meant I could do my drawings under electric light without it messing up the image which is what happens with watercolours, certainly!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, my first drawing was of Rochester, from a photo I took when I was here on holiday some  years ago, about the time we fell in love with Kent and decided we’d like to live in this beautiful county. My drawing has the old castle in the background but the corner of Rochesters High Street as its main focus, it has old and new, Dickensian parts and modern contemporary parts and I loved doing it…..so much so that the following day I did one of Aylesford, also taken when we were here on holiday a year or two after the Rochester one, not knowing that we would move to a place only three miles away from this viewpoint and one that would be a regular crossing point when we go to the nearest B&Q over the river Medway as depicted here in this drawing. I loved doing that one featuring the old arched stone bridge as much as the Rochester one. So much so that two days later I was looking for my next choice of drawing and found a photo of The Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells, another place we visited whilst on holiday, and again drawn from one of my photos taken whilst on holiday here six years ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved Kent then, and I love it even more now we live here. It is inspirational in so many wonderful ways. And I am delighted so do these three small easy drawings (none of them took more than four hours, and all are just over 9 x 6 inches in size) which inspire me to do more, and get my artist eye trained up again. 

Because there is a whole lot more of Kent to draw, and paint!! 

 

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.

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