Visiting an art gallery and enjoying it

For a change I’m writing a little about something other than Sardax art, and an experience practically all of you art-lovers will have done at one time or other- visiting an art gallery.

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If you have been to the Louvre in Paris you may well have witnessed this scene – the great crush to view THAT painting. Are you one of those who have felt a sense of dread at a plan to visit a famous art gallery? You are not alone!

You’ll find it a bit odd but I actually dislike art galleries; some modern ones I won’t even enter but that’s another post. I’ve tried to work out why this is as I’ll happily read books on art or watch a TV documentary but the experience of being in a gallery just overwhelms me. Thankfully a book will only show you a page at a time and leave it for you to decide when you have finished one painting and wish to move on. Similarly a documentary on an artist will at least pause for a while on one work of art before progressing to others.
But a gallery will throw any number of artworks at you at once and your attention is drawn from one to another no matter how long you wish to stay on one that has caught your interest. Moreover there is the certain feeling that unless you have seen every work you will be missing out.

So I now stick to a rule. You might like to try it next time you are taken to a gallery, but be prepared for anyone accompanying you to storm off in protest.

Decide to look at only three paintings on your visit and concentrate on them. At least 10 minutes on each. Take in the work as the artist who made it concentrated on it, and try not to be drawn to others around it. Never mind the crowds that move in front of you – they will pass soon enough. It doesn’t matter that you will be missing out on many others – there will always be art you did not see anyhow.
Flitting from one painting to another for a glance of a second or two will not make any impression other than a sense of bleary-eyed visual indigestion, irritability and a determination never to go there again. But this will leave you with a sense of great satisfaction, and each of those three paintings will be memorable to you. You will be able to comment on them intelligently over coffee with your irritable partner. Try not to sound too smug about it though.

By the way for obvious reasons this strategy will not work with the Mona Lisa.. just take a selfie and forget it!

 

 

Portrait of Mistress Shauna Ryanne

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Christmas portrait of Mistress Shauna Ryanne of Las Vegas commissioned by two of her devoted admirers. Although they were in distant parts of the world from each other they collaborated on funding the portrait.
From that circumstance the theme of Mistress Ryanne’s power crossing the globe developed,  with her standing holding a chain linking them to her. Unusually this is also a back view, but no less attractive for that.
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A4 Pen drawing with coloured pencil effect.

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Mistress Ezada with the single tail whip

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The latest Christmas portrait of Mistress Ezada

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A Christmas present from her “slave in training”  (sit) who fittingly acts as her seat. See his blog

The portrait was inspired by Mistress Ezada’s trip to Costa Rica and her love of the single tail whip.

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Mistress Ezada unveils her new portrait in front of the commissioner connected by Skype. She has surrounded herself with three previous portraits.

 

 

Human Furniture- Entire Movie-Out Now!

A wonderful set – see more of Madame Catarina in
https://sardaxart.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/the-gag-shop-re-enactment/

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This amazing movie in its entirety is now available to download from C4S

In this movie Madame Catarina has decided to have a relaxing afternoon in her saloon and decides to rearrange some of the furniture to make herself comfortable. But this is Madame Catarina and of course the furniture is human furniture!

Dressed in stunning high heel boots, stockings and leather Madame Catarina leads her hooded slave into the saloon and begins to prepare him for use as a human table. He needs to be totally immovable if he is going to serve as a table so Madame Catarina straps him to a chair very tightly, continuingly testing to see if he can move by mercilessly torturing his nipples, cock and balls. When he is secured to her satisfaction and has been fitted with an ashtray gag Madame Catarina uses the slave as a table as she drinks her…

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Portrait of Mistress Victoria

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Portrait of Mistress Victoria commissioned by one of her devoted admirers.

Unusually this drawing has been made digitally – in a program called Corel Painter, imitating the soft flow of oil paints. This computer program allows for infinite changes without the bother of scraping back and reworking as in a conventional artwork, though it has no physical existence, apart from printouts. Many artists, renowned femdom artist Nanshakh -for example, only make digital artwork these days. I still usually prefer conventional art on paper though, with all its accompanying disadvantages.

Mistress Victoria is also an accomplished artist in her own right. Read her own blog post about this portrait.

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Portrait of Lady Lola

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This portrait of Lady Lola shows the mistress on a high stool playing with adoring…well, what are they? frogs? demons? monsters?

The commissioner asked for males to be worshipping the boots but was happy – after a little discussion – to go along with my ideas for depicting more generally symbolic representations of male desire, with their long grasping tongues and testicular chins.

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Sketching at the Femdom Ball

Much as I enjoy sitting at my work, escaping from the drawing-board once in a while is always a pleasure and Madame Caramel ‘s long-awaited Femdom Ball was a simply unmissable event . She had been preparing for this event for months and it was really one of the best-organised parties I’d ever attended. At a secret and very opulent location in Central London beautifully dressed mistresses gathered from all over the country to celebrate together with their male submissives/slaves. The rules were that while mistresses enjoyed themselves eating and drinking, the men were required to serve them in any capacity they pleased and were neither to eat nor to drink. As my own contribution I sketched three charming ladies from  Mistress Ezada’s House of Sinn , coming all the way from Romania for the event.

(You will recognise Mistress Ezada from other portraits on this site)

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Now, on-the-spot portraits are unplanned and a leap in the dark – you never know how they will turn out and can be disappointing if they don’t work out well. But it’s a “party trick” for me by now, having made quite a few at London femdom “Pedestal” club and generally they don’t often turn out too badly. They sometimes miss accuracy but I try to convey the character. In this case I had a little champagne to help things along -which I was not really allowed “as a male” but well – artists need a little encouragement 🙂

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Miss Tressa
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Mistress Lilse
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Pleased to say that all three were very happy with their portraits and I look forward to the next party when I hope to perform a similar function.

Portrait of MzFee

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MzFee is here depicted a very wealthy mistress seen reclining on a bed in her island palace, where money and treasure are brought to her from afar.

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First a general composition is worked out in tones – though the final artwork is to be in colour, black-and-white tone helps to establish the balance of the elements. It helps to keep the eye freely ‘circulating’ – from the main subject to secondary details and back again. If the eye gets stuck in a corner and has to make an effort to come back in, the composition has failed.  mzfee_r3

A line rough soon follows. I had reference of Mz Fee’s face but needed to make up the rest of her body and the male figures. Any artist familiar with artistic anatomy should be able to construct without photo reference but it’s always better to have it of course.
The slave to the left has now changed position as MzFee is enlarged and the treasure-carrying slaves reduced in emphasis.

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The line rough is transferred to stretched watercolour paper (300gsm Saunders Waterford) and first tentative pencil lines are introduced.

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I usually want to make sure the face is completed first, as if it isn’t the entire painting might be wasted. This runs counter however to my general policy of bringing up all parts at once.

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Once the main figure is more or less complete I can bring up the background and the secondary figures.

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I’ve said before that because watercolour painting allows for so little changes, planning is absolutely essential. Just hoping for the best rarely works!

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Portrait of Lady Mephista 1

 

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Lady Mephista showing her portrait

Drawing inspiration from Lady Mephista’s title, I worked on the concept of a demonic presence ruling over a fiery Hell, such as one might meet in Goethe’s ‘Faust’ – sophisticated and alluring, but dangerous. In the rough stage Lady Mephista was wearing horns but these were discarded for the artwork as being too distracting. The tail still remains however – discreetly flicking up from behind.

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Portrait of Maitresse Renée

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This portrait of Maitresse Renée  was commissioned by the “property “at her feet but was developed with her own input. The dog cages in the background actually exist at her dungeon in Dallas, Texas and the wording refers to her own weekend FemDom training event  True Desires.

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Initial rough draft of the composition. This is usually the first sketch that a commissioning client will see. It’s not over detailed in case it’s the wrong direction entirely. In this case it was approved.

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