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This was exactly the sort of challenge I adore

This was exactly the sort of challenge I adore

As you know I love a challenge in creating artwork and painting pictures.

I had a thought a few weeks ago about how much I love painting water, and I love painting quirky animals, so what about putting them together in a painting with fire as well, I liked the idea of the animals being sort of mystical and sort of hinting at familiar creatures without them being specific animals, or birds, or reptiles. I liked the idea of the painting being dark, with lots of black, as that would make the fire stand out more. I liked the idea of the flame being partly orange and yellow, and partly blue like a hot flame.

I knew the painting would be in acrylics on canvas, as that gave me the depth of strong colour I needed for the bright pale colours against the dark of the black background . And it gave me the best freedom to create the creatures textures of fur, scales, feathers.

I know there are animals in there that resemble various quirky mystical creatures, and as I painted the picture I wanted to think of a suitable title for it…. I had thought of various animal names and had made a list of some of them and I wanted the title to reflect the strange creatures that are in it.. and it was only on the last couple of hours (of many many hours work!) that I came up with a title that I thought the most apt…. The painting is in acrylics on canvas (measuring 20 x 16 inches) and is called ‘Realm of the fire bellied water baboon’.

I absolutely love it…..!

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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