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Being reminded of one of my favourite paintings

Being reminded of one of my favourite paintings

I had a lovely email from the Derbyshire writer Stuart Haywood the other day that made me smile,….

                    “I walked down to Sainsburys this morning and on the way I recollected my first visit to you and discussing ideas.I was nervous as I did not know what to expect.We decided to do the pose with me sitting and holding a book.What surprised me was how quickly I got used to the idea of being naked and being scrutinised  by a woman.To took me about 10 minutes to begin enjoying the experience.I love that drawing because it was the first and depicts me in a familiar guise of bookworm.

                      You then drew the picture of me reclining on the settee.I think that makes a lovely picture and several of my female friends like it too.

The next time was the “bum” drawing which,again,is liked by my female friends. What I remember is when the drawing was completed and put a foot out to turn round,my standing leg gave way beneath me and I fell violently backwards.There were balls flying everywhere!I also really love it.

                       Think we may have done the “triangle” drawing.This always brings a smile to my lips.

                        The one with me holding a “Derby Telegraph” seems the weakest of the six.It just did not turn out as I envisaged.

                        The last one with me “falling out”with everyone is the other that always makes me laugh and is among my favourites.

                        Throughout the drawing of these we kept up an interesting flow of conversation that I thoroughly enjoyed.It is your friendly demeanour that made the operation so enjoyable.

Of the other five,the first one,the watercolour in our Gresley garden stands out on it’s own because,not only does it contain a beautifully painted likeness of me but also a much loved garden.I am in a familiar pose,secateurs in hand. Rhona is also in familiar pose.Behind me is Rosa Rubrifolia With it’s greyish blue foliage and small pink flowers which turn into small red hips.Stanwell perpetual is in the middle of the small bed,which is surrounded by a box hedge all grown from cuttings taken when the were cutting the hedges at Calke.I loved that garden.

                          The depictions of interests in my life are brilliant. Love     Stuart

Isn’t that all lovely to know, and of the paintings I’ve done for Stuart, the one I like best is the garden one…it depicts his whole life and interests hidden within the picture…so many things, from music, cricket, writing, reading, working for a book maker, owning a green grocers shop and of course his love of gardening, and his beloved wife…

The other drawings he mentions are here…they were all poses he chose as he has such a lovely sense of humour

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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