In a previous portrait Miss Samara was dressed in severe tie and blouse beside her human canvas.
This time she wears a riding outfit-hacking jacket, jodhpurs and boots and stands similarly beside her latest handiwork, here emphasised in red pencil – always an effective addition to a black-and-white pen drawing.
L.A. based “Bad Bitch” Mistress Veronica Vixen wished to be depicted in the ‘classic’ monochrome style to give the portrait a retro look, with a night-time scene in a bizarre diner where gimps in tightly fitting leather serve as ashtray, lamp and to the right, drinks holder.
She does not need to move one inch from her seat and can devote her time to thinking of suitable punishments for her slaves.
The amazingly statuesque and powerful Goddess Severa is here depicted as a circus trapeze artiste, seated firmly on the commissioner of the portrait.
The original idea was that she would be throttling him with her feet. When that seemed too ungainly the alternative of her jabbing her toes to his lips and curling round his forehead seemed to work more effectively and emphasises the high arches of her beautiful legs.
Mistress Adrienne, a resident of New York and a great lover of the opera is here shown relaxing at one of her favourite operas, Richard Strauss’ Salome. She gazes at us imperiously, showing off her stylish red heels on the balcony.
The style is something of an experiment, deliberately looser in feel to give the impression of immediacy .
Here Domina Sara is shown cuckolding two of her favourite submissives.
In her hand she dangles a key to their chastity, while they grovel at her feet and admire her beautiful seamed stockings.
The “bull ” has been left deliberately faceless so as not to take the attention away from her. For indeed the “bulls” are many but there is only one Domina Sara.
This portrait of Lady Ibicella, the renowned French humiliatrix, depicts a classroom in which her pupil is attempting to write some French sentences on the blackboard. Obviously he is not a very clever pupil because he wears a “bonnet d’âne” (donkey cap) on his head. This is the French equivalent of the Dunce’s cap previously used in English schools.
Lady Ibicella is here dressed simply but elegantly, headmistress of her own École Ibicella.
Visit Lady Ibicella’s site at Ibicella.fr where you will find links to her clip stores.
I have now made it a rule that I will take the last month of the year off from commissions, as much as possible, and make some paintings or drawings just for my own satisfaction. These might be strange ideas that have come to me that would just never be commissioned or revisions of previous artworks that I felt I could improve on.
Last December I returned to an old Leg Show illustration which I thought was a great idea but had always felt it did not hang together well and looked unfocussed.
There were too many elements vying for attention that I felt it needed recomposing and sorting out. So I asked the stunning Ms Rebecca Knox to pose for the profile one day when she was here in London.
So this is the revision. You may wonder why bother if it is already done – and half-way through I did to – but I do think it is an improvement on the original now. There are quite a few small changes but the most significant is the main light is on her face and human flower pot stand in the background is brought forward for contrast.
I found a buyer for the painting almost immediately.
Well, you choose which you prefer – both have their own qualities.