Being Kentish inspired and inspiring

Being Kentish inspired and inspiring

Being Kentish inspired and inspiring

Yesterday my husband and I went to the delightful town of Rochester, even more delightful for the fact that its about five miles away from where we live! I love the feel of Rochester, the ancient castle overlooking the town, the Dickensian connections, the independent shops and cafes and the feeling of being its own character. 

The last time we were there was for the Dickens Christmas festival in early December and we knew at the time that we wanted to go back again to explore it properly when there were far less people and in daylight! 

This visit was memorable for me because I was able to look particularly at the art gallery there which is a refreshingly independent one and had some very inspiring artwork particularly some gorgeous ones by some Russian artists. It helped me a lot to look at the quality of the work, the prices, and the feel of the place for visitors.

After we left there we wandered across the road to their accompanying art and craft shop. Which I must admit astounded me..!!! It was FULL of quality art supplies, paints, pencils, brushes, canvas’s, art paper, craft supplies, wool. and the sort of shop that I could have happily bought everything in it!! (Well except for the wool, I don’t knit! Even though my Mum tried her best to get me started on that particular talent) Artist heaven!! 

But whilst I was standing by the brushes I overheard an elderly woman say to her friend that it was a lot of money for a paintbrush – £46 – but then if she was a professional artist maybe she could understand it, but she used to be able to paint, and now she couldn’t, she’d lost her ability. I was standing right by her at that point, and took the chance to speak to her even though she wasn’t speaking to me, and said that it was a lot of money for a brush,but it could improve your art if you used one like that, I was a professional artist and knew that sometimes you’ve got to just keep painting… She said “Help ME!” so forcefully as she looked me in the eye, that I instantly said to her that I know what its like when you paint, that life and things get in the way, you’ve got to carry on painting,and do something you like doing, and copy a picture you like from a  magazine, or a book, or a birthday card, and copy it the best you can, and look at the tones and pick up the five tones from deepest dark to the lightest white and all of them in between and keep at it and your art will come back, if you’ve done it once, you will do it again! She thanked me, and I gave her my business card, and one to her friend too as they were leaving the shop then, but as they walked through the door I overheard her say to her friend “I feel so powered up now! I want to get going with my art again!” and it made me smile because if i had inspired her, then that is what art is about! I had helped her, and it had helped me too to know that people do get stuck in their art, I am finding my artistic life again after moving and putting it on hold. We all do it. Its a call from the heart to answer 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.

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