Mistress Tess in Furs

As you will have seen in the dedicated page to Venus in Furs , the book is a great favourite of Mistress Tess and this watercolour was intended to be in the style of those paintings – the classic monochrome style which gives such a sense of cool mystery and eroticism.
She specified a cuckolding scene where she would be lying on a silk bed beside her well-endowed black lover, while her Louboutin heels are worshipped by a lowly well-whipped submissive, the commissioner of the painting. Obviously she hardly needs to hold the leash connected to his collar.
On the bed you can also see Mistress Tess’ favourite pink whip produced by Essentia Whips.

This and previous drawings are now on display at the new chambers of Mistress Tess – the Alchemy Rooms.

 

Please see Commissions page for more information on commissioning a portrait.

Venus in Fur

No, not “Venus in Furs” !

It is  “Venus in Fur” without the ‘s’.

It is not a play of the book. Well it is, indirectly.

This is a stage play – and a film now – about a stage director who is auditioning actresses for his own adaptation of the book “Venus in Furs”, and almost in despair of never finding the right one, allows a final audition to an outwardly trashy actress, who not only surprises him by her amazing acting  as the play progresses , but also completely turns his life around.

Confused yet? I was when I first heard of the play. Like many outside the theatre-going public it was when film director Roman Polanski announced he was going to produce his own adaptation in a French translation, with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric in the lead roles. I naturally assumed it was a dramatisation of the book itself. In fact there are only two actors in the entire play so when I first read about it and then later saw the stills from the movie I was admittedly cool about it.
After all, how could the whole of Venus in Furs be dramatised on stage with only two actors?

Of course I did not make the distinction.

But people kept asking me what I thought of the film (because of my translation and illustrations I was now thought of as some authority, maybe) so in the end I relented, thinking I had to base an opinion and so I sat grimly through the first few minutes. Rather like the director on stage Thomas Novachek (not the director of the play itself, by the way) who gradually warms to the personality of actress Vanda Jordan, I warmed to the script as I realised that the play’s author David Ives really understood the book itself and I started to enjoy the way the two characters reacted to each other and was thoroughly won over as the film ended.

So when the play finally came to Theatre Royal Haymarket in London I was enthusiastic to see it. In company with Mistress Tess and her admirer, we saw Natalie Dormer as Vanda and David Oakes as Thomas in a production directed by Patrick Marber. I was pleased at last to hear it in English instead of subtitled from the French film and it quite lived up to my expectations. Lots of great comic and insightful moments that really reflected the whole dynamic between Severin and Wanda in the original book. On speaking to other mistresses I learnt how it had affected them:-

Mistress Harpsichord  “Venus in fur genuinely moved me to tears. There was something so powerful about the performance that I struggle to put into words. It was honest, relateable and devastatingly beautiful.”

Lady Lola “I adored Venus in Fur, it came as no surprise as I am a big fan of the movie.Incredible performances and overall tone. Close to the bone on many occasions but all done with a playful dialogue.”

Marti “A teasingly plotted entertainment with plenty of pleasing eye candy for the Dominant Woman.”

 

See the Play Website

Fantasy drawing of Mistress Tess

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This drawing shows Mistress Tess wearing her adored Louboutin heels surrounded by “rokurokubi” slaves.

 

For the wonderful Femdom Ball in October 2016 I participated by offering raffled prizes.


..six copies of Venus in furs

"The Auction"
“The Auction”

…a Sardax original artwork

…and a fantasy portrait of one lucky winner (shown above).
By coincidence the winner of this turned out to be Mistress Tess, who just happened to have a drawing already commissioned – which you can see in this previous blog-post. Of course I could not do this during the evening of the Femdom Ball itself. Nor after a few drinks was I in any state to do so! – but a sketch was made and this served as a basis, as also something to take away as a prize.

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Mistress Tess showing her Femdom Ball sketch