I’m honoured to win such an apt prize in the photo competition

I’m honoured to win such an apt prize in the photo competition

I’ve got to know the name of Andrew Kennedy in the last three years of living in Kent, as our local Kent County Council Councillor, he listens to the local comments certainly in Blue Bell Hill village where I live, and acts and reports back in a very helpful way. He writes a monthly newsletter for the village and is very generous with his time and energy for the area.

I noticed a couple of weeks ago on the Blue Bell Hill Facebook page that he was offering a photo competition for his area of 10 photos that depicted the areas that he covers – Aylesford, Blue Bell Hill, and Kits Coty were part of that area so I submitted three photos to his competition, since I had nice ones of each of those places…

And the one of the ten that he liked best he would use for his Christmas card image which I thought was a nice gesture too.

And this week he emailed me to tell me I had won a prize for my Kits Coty photo… and asked my address for him to pop it in the post for me..which I duly gave him and thanked him for it! I was really pleased he liked it enough for it to win in his competition.

Today the doorbell rang and there he was to bring the prize himself! Which I certainly wasn’t expecting as I greeted him and shook his hand and thanked him. The prize is a booklet called ‘ Kits Coty Estate’ and is about the personal memories of a man called Brian Culver who is the longest living person who has lived on Kits Coty since he was born there in 1938. plus a copy of the old sale by auction of the Kits Coty Estate to accompany it. I shall find it fascinating! I love local history. I thanked Andrew and he asked me if I was a photographer and I explained I was a professional artist which took the conversation about art, and the local area. I’m sure we’ll chat again on that subject.

And the reason my prize is so apt, is the photo I sent to Andrew Kennedy that he liked so much is my photo of Kits Coty House which is the Neolithic long barrow stones of a burial chamber, which is about two miles from where I live.

And here is the photo of mine (below) that Andrew Kennedy chose for his photo competition prize for the Kits Coty part of his area. Very apt don’t you think! That I won the book about Kits Coty Estate for a photo of Kits Coty House…

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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