Bobbing to the surface again

Bobbing to the surface again

I’ve sold a lot of artwork over the years, to various people all over the UK and some to other countries including Europe, and America. All my paintings have had a lot of hard work put into them, all of them are part of me. Some are instantly memorable, some I have to think about a bit more deeply as to their story…

I was minding my own business on Facebook last week when I had a message come through on my Artists page from a woman who wanted to sell on a painting of mine that she owned and wanted to know what price she should ask for it. She had helpfully sent me a photo of it taken on her phone to remind me which it was. I knew it, instantly. I remembered doing it on board stuck with scrunched up tissue paper with pva glue to give it texture, I remembered that it was in Venice done from a photo I took, and that I had started it at a workshop and finished it off at home afterwards. I remembered I only wanted to use blues and yellows other than a few small parts in white and black, and I loved the sense of mystery I had tried to capture with the two people having a conversation beyond the archway.  I had obviously sold it, but the womans name wasn’t familiar, but that wasn’t surprising, as sometimes people buy from an exhibition, and I never know the buyers name, and sometimes people buy artwork for other people as gifts and she might have been the recipient, but not necessarily the buyer. 

I started to look for it in the usual places on my computer and it didn’t come up, and I wondered why I hadn’t got a photographic copy of it, as I always take photos of my artwork. But they were listed in alphabetical order and I couldn’t exactly remember the title (so many pictures, so many titles, and some are more obvious than others..!)

I messaged her and asked her to look on the back of the frame it was in to tell me the name of it so that I could find it in my records easier, whilst I was going through my written records to find a  clue to its name.. and I found it about a minute before she helpfully sent me the picture I needed. 

And then I knew instantly what it was called …”Quiet corner” (obviously!) and who I had sold it to. I remembered the guy who had bought it from me in 2007 when he lived in Repton in Derbyshire, and knew that he left the area  a couple of years after that. Since this womans surname wasn’t the same as his, I asked if she was his daughter, and she said no she wasn’t, and I gathered that her father had bought the picture from the guy I sold it to. I knew by then that she wanted to sell the picture which was why she wanted a price for it. I asked her where she was planning to sell it and she old me. And then she said that she wanted to raise money for charity, and I gathered that it was on behalf of the illness that had killed her father. I was sorry to hear that, and I wished her good luck with selling it and she thanked me. 

It was really lovely to see the picture again, it was lovely to be reminded of it, because my paintings are old friends, they are my offspring, they are part of me…and I love the fact that they go off into the world to make other people happy, and I also love the fact that sometimes they bounce back in memory through their travels! I hope this picture goes on to make someone else happy. That’s why I paint them!

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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