Gerberoy truely is

Gerberoy truely is

A few years ago my husband and I were returning from a holiday in the south of France, having driven the length of that delightful country, and on the last day before we were due to catch the ferry at Dieppe back to Newhaven we had a few hours to spare but didn’t want to do too much driving so took the advice of the hotel we were staying at that “Gerberoy is the prettiest village in France” and only a few miles away and we should take a look at it.. since it was a sunny day we decided to do the drive out to it but I had the feeling that the hotel manager had exaggerated its beauty…

I was wrong… he hadn’t….

We arrived in full June sunshine, with the flowers in full bloom and parked the car just outside the village, and wandered in, camera in hand, which is my usual way when I go to somewhere new, particularly in France..

The village wasn’t large, it had a small main street, it had a few side roads off it, it had a pond, and a shop, and a couple of restaurants, and I very quickly found that everywhere I turned was a pretty cottage, with a pretty garden, and took as many photos as I could of that prettiest of French villages…because the photos are my reminder, and also my source photos if I want to use them for paintings at some other point..

Like last week when I wanted to do a simple little watercolour and was reminded again of that lovely found the photo that I liked the best and did this simple painting using it…

I wanted to do a square painting, so added more to the foreground of the street, and the flowers to the right in the foreground, There wasn’t much I needed to change in my painting, but I did remove the church steeple to the left of the blue and cream cottage as I wanted the tall cottage chimney to stand out as the tallest point in the sky. The rest of the painting is as you can see the same as the source photo… and thats a rarity too, normally when I paint a village scene I have to remove dustbins, cars, TV aerials, road signs, But not in this photo! I wanted to capture the sunshine, the bright sunny day, the roses around the door, and all the lovely textures of old stonework, and old tiles, and old painted timbers

I’m pleased with the result, and have called my watercolour painting ‘Gerberoy the prettiest village in France’. Because it is….

And I have a load more other photos taken on that day that will make equally pretty paintings…!

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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