The best not quite that I’ve ever seen

The best not quite that I’ve ever seen

During the Coronavirus lockdown which is still ongoing, I am not expecting commissions to come in, or much interest in art, which I don’t mind, as it gives me chance to firstly concentrate on my garden projects, and secondly to paint whatever I feel like painting, as there is always a long list of artwork I want to do..! 

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a photo with a comment from the sender about it might be an idea for a picture, and then they informed me that it wasn’t exactly what was wanted and they’d get back to me with a new idea..the thing is I was so struck on that photo I knew it would make a good painting. So, it was with a tinge of regret that I put the image to one side and awaited the other image. But the first image kept calling back to me, and I thought, well I love it, I’ll do it for the fun of doing it. 

Because the good thing about the photo was, it was perfect. There was nothing I needed to add other than changing the background a little. 

Over the bank holiday weekend, where I wasn’t going anywhere, like everyone else at the moment, I decided to paint it. 

I found a suitable piece of artboard 18x 14 inches, and drew out the image in pencil, made sure I’d got the only verticals in it, parallel and vertical, and then drew the rest of the image, and I know we’re stuck in lockdown and everyone has to wear masks when they go out in public, but the mask in this painting was the best sort, the sexy sort, a Venitian feathered mask, and with the way the photo was it took up the whole of the left hand bottom corner, adding the air of mystery to the dancers face. The only item of clothing she was wearing was so thin that it hardly showed against her skin, but I wanted the black of it to be clearly black and not to be mistaken for anything other than her outfit. The pose itself leaning back towards the viewer was so ideal the way it showed the negative space around her. The background had to be kept so vague with no hint of anything else around her as the the pose, the pole, the mask, told the whole story and any other hint of background would have detracted from that fabulously sexy energetic pose. 

I painted the whole picture in acrylics, and it was started and finished over two days. 

The mask adds the air of mystery to it. The fact its in the foreground means you look straight at it, and look beyond the set face for the features of the woman wearing it, but her face is fully covered. I love this picture for the fact the body is hardly wearing anything and yet the mask is creating the mystery. 

I love the fact the gold of the mask was similar golden colours to her body, and the black feathers of it matched her black outfit, and the only white in the picture is the mask itself and the white reflections on the pole. The only red is the red of the mouth on the mask. 

Its such a powerful image, of sexy woman, and sexy pole dancing. Inviting, and yet hidden! 

I loved adding the hint of movement in the background colours, as I picked up the colours and hues I’d used for her body in the blues of the background, which made the picture come alive rather than the static background of one colour, and just adding a few flicks of paint by the black of the feathers on the mask added to that feeling of movement too. 

I’m calling the painting “Pole dancing perfection” because I think it is!

You can see why I was so taken with the negative spaces around her body, it adds so much to the pose. 


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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