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Colour creating through nature

Colour creating through nature

It’s so nice to get back into writing again for my blog. I missed doing it when I was in the process of buying this house now in Kent, not that all the jobs are done on the house and garden by a long way, but they are on the manageable level…rather than the urgent level they were last summer right up to mid December. 

I’ve just had a short walk from my house, this afternoon, its the walk I do most often, and even though it was bitterly cold, it was sunny, and even though its the outskirts of the village and there are houses on the road, there are also enough trees to keep me interested. I don’t know what it is about sunlight on trees but I adore it. There was an old gnarled tree that was so beautifully lit by the mid afternoon sunshine that I stopped dead in my tracks to admire it. and wanted to have pencil and paper to hand to capture the fabulous sculptural effect the sunshine was creating. And five minutes before that I had seen a cluster of pine trees with the sunshine shining brightly behind them that is always appealing, the way pine trees remind me of French holidays. And as I walked back the last part of the walk there is a middle aged acer that reminds me that I want to replace the beautiful one I used to have when I lived in Leicestershire that had such gorgeous hand shaped leaves and turned bright orange for about four days in October every year before the high winds removed them in a flurry of autumnal storms. I will enjoy creating a more appealing garden for this spring and summer. Its something I’ve been wanting to do for some months now. Its basically just lawn and hedges, and a couple of trees, and a  few shrubs, Just the bare bones of a garden, but a lovely backdrop to build on and into…I know what I like in a garden, and have some ideas already I want to start on!

Last September I planted out a whole load of bulbs and flowers, primroses, tulips, shrubs, climbing roses, and clematis, by the side of the shed in a new border I dug especially. They were nearly all shades of pinks, from deep carmine pinks, to baby pinks, electric pinks, and softer more muted ones. I knew that picking just one colour like pink meant that nothing was going to clash with anything else, regardless of what was flowering during the year. The primroses are in flower at the moment, such a pretty colour and lovely to herald the start of spring. I can paint with flowers in the garden as much as paint on canvas or paper!

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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