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Being creative with the essence of the Chinese gold screen

Being creative with the essence of the Chinese gold screen

I mentioned a few weeks ago about me wanting to paint a picture based on the essence of the Chinese gold screen I saw at a friends house in the village I live in.

My initial problem was that I couldn’t see all of the screen in one go, I could only see parts of it, so it took me a while to work out all the lovely aspects in it, it had a large Magnolia tree in the middle, and rocks at the bottom, and pheasant, Chrysanthymum type flowers in red, and white, and various birds flying around it, or sitting in its branches. The whole background was in a gorgeous flat gold that shone and made the tree and the birds stand out beautifully,

When I wanted to do my interpretation of this beautiful piece of art, I didn’t want to copy it exactly, it was already painted beautifully, but what I wanted to do was capture the essence of the painting…and to me the essence was the gold background, solid dark of the tree trunk and branches, the white of the magnolia flowers and the birds flying around it or sitting in the branches.

So that was what I painted….

My painting is on canvas, painted in acrylics, including metallic gold paint, but the gold paint has more movement within it coming from the right hand side and on a diagonal down towards the left. I’ve created more of an essence of the tree too especially with the branches on the lower part, and all the birds featured in my painting are in the Chinese screen actual painting, but not all in exactly the same place as I’ve placed them, it was more artistic licence on my behalf!! I was also asked by the client to make the Magnolia flowers have lilac coloured centres rather than the pink in the original painting…

The painting is called “Blue bird tree”…for obvious reasons….

And I will also add that this painting was commissioned by a client for her Mum for Mothers Day, as a delightful surprise…the Chinese screen was bought in Hong Kong by her Mum, and has for many years had pride of place in her house. This painting I am told exactly captured the essence of the screen, as I hoped, and has been hung on the wall in the same room as the Chinese screen.. so thats made me very happy to know that the client, and her Mum, and I, have all been connected by the beautiful Chinese screen and my interpretation of it, in this painting…..

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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