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Arty connections making the difference

Arty connections making the difference

About the time that the Corona virus was stopping everyone going out, and Facebook became the way most people communicated and caught up with their friends, my name came up as a recommendation from another artist friend to show ten paintings of mine, over a ten day period, and recommend ten other artists to show their work if they wished to join in. I was recommended by a very talented artist who I met via the Erotic Guild of Artists some years ago although he is also well known for painting other subjects. I was of course pleased to be asked, and thought of, and considered, and fortunately the timing was perfect in that I had the free time to do it, and could EASILY think of ten of my paintings I wanted to show, and slightly less easily could think of ten artists I am connected with via Facebook, knowing that probably only two or three would do it…as we’re all busy caught up with life self isolating!! 

I went through the ten paintings I wanted to show, and over the ten days unveiled them on my Facebook pages (both the artist one, and the personal one) and got caught up in the joy of showing my artwork, and the comments it brought, and the reasons behind the comments were a joy to behold.

The one of “David and Martyn at The Royal Crescent, Bath, Past, Present and Future” brought instant reaction from the woman in the red coat on the left hand side of the painting, as it included her dead oldest son (who was one of my closest friends) featured in the sky looking down, and she commented how difficult it must have been for me to paint that picture. She was right, it was, but I was also honoured to be asked I told her proudly. Her husband who is standing by her side has also died since the painting was done, so it must have been doubly poignant for her. 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture of “Mike in Eureka swimming pool” instantly brought the same response from two good friends, who don’t know each other at all,, that this one of all of my paintings, is their favourite picture! 

 

 

 

 

 

The one of “Sarah as Mother Nature” brought wonderfully favourable and uplifting responses from two people I don’t know at all, They absolutely loved it!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The oil painting “Peter and Miranda, past, present, and future” I was told my Miranda herself, was the best picture I had ever done! Which I was delighted to hear, of course. it was a joy to paint it for her and Peter. 

 

But it was also really interesting for me, when the artist guy who recommended me made a comment about this last painting that I showed, that seemed very appropriate for the strange times we are living in, as its called “Guardian Angels” and is about the concept that when you buy an old house that all the people who have lived there before, have left a part of themselves behind to look after you. There are nine faces hidden within it it. That idea of the guardian angels really appeals to me. In reaction to the compliment my artist friend paid it, I also said that I hadn’t sold it, it was one I didn’t want to sell, as I had put so much of myself into that painting, and when you’re an artist, and have trained, and learnt, and practiced your talent, and put the ideas together for a good painting, and that idea works, and it has that magic, that you as an artist, are hoping for, you don’t want to sell it, its too big a part of you. And that’s how I feel about this picture..! 

 

Can you understand why? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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