Gerberoy really is

Gerberoy really is

This week I was delighted to sell a small watercolour painting I painted last year in celebration of the joyful village in France of Gerberoy. I love old French villages, I especially love them when they are full of flowers, and in summer sunshine, which was the case on the day I went, with my husband on the way back from a holiday in France. It was a place we had not heard of before we went, and I fell totally in love with it!

Here is one of the photos I took on that delightful day, when every corner was full of pretty cottages, and this one seemed to be the most appropriate one to paint, ancient timber framed, painted in pale turquoise with cream coloured plaster under a tiled roof, the doorway framed with red roses, and the stone street in front – so much joy to paint in this photo!

And here is my finished painting of it, I added more flowers on the right hand side to lead the eye up the street, in a diagonal way that makes the turquoise timbered house the focal point. And I only hinted at the stone street, I didn’t need to add every stone to show what it was,

The frame I put it in is a silvery gold frame, which picks up the roof tiles to add harmony to the picture, the image is 8 x 8 inches and the watercolour is called ‘Gerberoy the pretttiest village in France’ which it is indeed….

And I am delighted the painting is going off to make someone else happy, as painting it did for me!

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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