Peanut and Evie coming to life

Peanut and Evie coming to life

The commission I was asked to do a few weeks ago was of two female French Bulldogs and fortunately I was given a great photo to work from which I’ll show here so you can see what I was working to create.

The painting was to be in acrylics on board so the first thing I did was to cut the artboard to size then draw out the image of the two dogs.

When that was drawn out I could put blocks of colour in to seal the artboard, so all I needed to do was the basic tones of yellow ochre for the background, white and grey and blacks for the dogs.


The third stage was to do another block layer of colour which properly sealed the board.

Stage four was to paint the white dog since she was in the background, and also the background carpet, which was quite detailed as you can see from the photo, so I wanted to hint at it without drawing out every tiny detail of it, which would have detracted from the dogs which are the focal point.

Stage five was the darker dog and lead and fine tuning the details on the white dog. The reason I love acrylics so much is because I can build up the fine details of the fur, and light over dark, dark over light the makes the tones of their form. And also the shadows underneath the dogs to show they are sitting on the carpet, not hovering over it!

The next stage shows the finished the painting.

And the final stage is the painting in the frame which I think matches the colours beautifully in the background colours. The painting is in acrylics on board, the image is 17.5 x 15.5 and is called ‘Peanut and Evie’.

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.

Related Posts