Shadow Cast – The Inverted Cross Painting

Shadow Cast – the Inverted Cross Painting with Many Names Art can have many meanings, so naming a painting can be hard if you have more than one title to choose. Shadow Cast was no different, but once I’d tried several out loud, Shadow Cast became cemented and the inverted cross became the focus and the second meaning depending on how you viewed this piece of art. Nudity in Shadow Cast Several of my nudes have been quite controversial. Whether that has been intentional or not, I can understand if people are taken aback by the fetish art. But Shadow … Continue readingShadow Cast – The Inverted Cross Painting

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Siren Call – Water Witch Painting

Siren Call – Painting a Water Witch Sirens are creatures of Greek mythology – traditionally they appear in the shape of beautiful women who lure sailors to their deaths with their singing. They’re often depicted with wings or musical instruments, and in more modern day settings, as mermaids. Mythological Creatures As mythology goes, the sirens seem to get overlooked in this modern day and age. Mermaids have remained popular, probably due in part to Disney, and this new obsession with unicorns is beginning to drive me up the wall somewhat. Especially given that I’m bisexual and people seem to think … Continue readingSiren Call – Water Witch Painting

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Summertime Ennui – Summer Solstice Painting

A Summer Solstice Painting Being fascinated with witches, mythology and all things magical means that when the solstices roll around, it feels only right to commemorate it in some way. Naturally, for me, that commemoration comes in the form of art, and this painting was inspired by the summer solstice. I’m Melting, I’m Melting We had some hot days over the summer, even up in Yorkshire. 2020 isn’t known for its sunshine and lollipops, but there were some glorious days of sunshine. Unfortunately, I am of the redheaded variety and my skin is like white, tissue paper, so sunbathing isn’t … Continue readingSummertime Ennui – Summer Solstice Painting

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Summoning Spell – Loch Lomond Painting

Painting the Magic of Loch Lomond The beauty and mystical feel to Loch Lomond makes for the perfect setting for a summoning spell. Couple that with the rich history of Scotland and the tragic stories of its “witches” and you’ve got a whole backstory formed before you can even lay paint on paper. My First Witch Painting Dabbling in Magical Realism is fairly new to me. When I was in my early 20s, I went through a phase of drawing fairies with watercolour and ink pencils (Derwent, of course) which led to a spate of straight forward commissions, but with … Continue readingSummoning Spell – Loch Lomond Painting

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Tropical Flowers Painting – Original Art

Creating an Original Painting of Tropical Flowers It’s good to do something different once in a while, especially when that something can lead you onto a path you didn’t quite see coming… Tropical Flowers Inception At the beginning of 2020, I was commissioned to paint a huge box canvas of fresh, pastel flowers. Peonies, roses, hydrangeas and baby’s breath with bees and butterflies all came together as Bouquet. It wasn’t unusual for me – at the time I had been working on commission for 20 years, and commissions bring with them all kinds of subjects, styles and media you wouldn’t … Continue readingTropical Flowers Painting – Original Art

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Woodhead Tunnel, Longdendale – The Peak District

Original Painting From the End of the Woodhead Tunnel Although creating art from photographs, sketches or your imagination is all fine and dandy, there’s nothing quite like painting from life. I find sitting in front of a subject, or in the landscape that I’m painting gives the work so much more urgency and, given the choice, would choose life over a still image any day. The Weather in the Dark Peak Can Be Pretty Chilly I had the privilege of painting Woodhead Tunnel from life. Living in England, and particularly oop north, makes for very unpredictable weather, particularly when what … Continue readingWoodhead Tunnel, Longdendale – The Peak District

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Queen Art – Pencil Drawing

Further Insights into My Queen Art When people react badly to nudity in art and actively go out of their way to contact the artist with messages of hate, anger and violence, it can be a scary thing. But once thing is certain – if art is created in part to provoke a reaction, then that response can only mean the art is doing something right.  The Story Behind the Artwork Queen has been my most controversial piece to date. I created this pencil drawing after becoming incredibly frustrated with Facebook and Instagram’s stringent policy on nipples – at the … Continue readingQueen Art – Pencil Drawing

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