Only one title I could go for ….for this one

Only one title I could go for ….for this one

For ages I have been wanting to do a painting of a lone wolf hunting on a winters night by moonlight and this week I finally got around to it…

I also wanted to do it in watercolour, with the basis of pour on paint as the background as it adds more interest to the painting when the serendipity of the paint merges in ways that I don’t plan. So firstly I stretched the paper onto an artboard to keep the paper tight and to stop it buckling, when it got wet.

I knew there would be a large wolf on the right hand side looking out of the image to the left hand side, and a large full moon in the top left hand corner… so I drew out the moon and hinted at the main features of the woof, ears, snout and chest, and then mixed the paint I wanted to use – mostly a bright deep blue, burnt sienna for the red shades, and acquindone gold for the yellow shades. Just those three paints, I didn’t need any other colours in it. I wet the paper with clear water – all except the moon which I didn’t touch as I knew when I put the paint on it would only flow onto the wet parts of the paper and ignore the dry parts. I poured the paint on and let it flow, and then did the most difficult part of leaving it to flow, as I always want to start painting when its fresh.. the best thing at the point is to walk away and do something else for a few hours..

When the paint was dry I could then add, and remove paint from the paper by adding water and dabbing off, or painting with a medium size brush, and then keep working on it to get the shape of the wolfs head – I didn’t want it to be in sharp focus, as it was night time, and wanted the light of the wolfs head, and chest to catch the moonlight. And the most important part was also the breath of the wolf on the lower right hand side that I wet and blotted out to make it more realistic…

When I was happy with that effect I then painted the moon with a weak wash of acquindone gold and paynes grey for the grey parts. Then I used white gouache for the moonlight on the wolfs ears, head, snout, chest, teeth, and coat. The eye was painted in white and lemon gouache. Finished!

And I am very pleased with the effect – its a simple painting but effective, the lone wolf out hunting on a cold winters night, so cold you can see his breath..

So that meant only one title for the painting ‘Wolf moon’ – the first full moon of the year…. and very apt for this painting I think…..!

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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