This painting began with . . .
my first glimpse of Arabelle Raphael. I first noticed her when Chi Lum photographed her and then I saw her with Venus De Mila. I wanted to paint her, but I put it on the back burner.
Years later I met Pony Gold. A striking platinum blonde with the most beautiful eyes. I met her when I installed my 15ft painting of Liliane Hunt at the Armory in San Francisco, home of Kink.com. She interviewed me when I had my art opening there.
So, last September, 2012.......
The San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition was hosting a fashion show and Pony was modeling latex. She was amazing! I had an idea. Paint her with Arabelle Raphael! Why not. She was so clear and bright with this very short hair and I saw the imagery with the jet black hair of Arabelle. I spoke to Pony about this idea and she said I could use the Armory to shoot. Wow, I was off. The Armory is a wonderful place and I am right at home there.
I only had to contact Arabelle. I found her on Facebook and messaged her and asked her is she would be into this. A photo shoot with Pony at the Armory. I was so impressed with her prompt response. She said yes! Next to meet with Pony and see where to shoot at the Armory.
Going through I wanted something that I could get the women wet. I wanted to soak them and have their makeup running down their face. I also wanted a reflective quality on the floor. I planned on puddling water for reflection. After looking at a few sets at Kink.com, I decided upon the Slaughter House. It had this metal wall. It would be perfect.
The day came when it was time to shoot them. I was so very nervous. I had to shoot with lighting and I was always used to shooting with natural light. Quite differently for me. I used the lights that Kink.com had. There was a really wonderful lighting guy that assisted us with blue and yellow gels for the lights. I wanted to have dramatic lighting.
The women came into my Slaughter House with freshly applied make up and they glowed. So beautiful together, just what I thought. I also found metal bras with leather collars in the prop room and I was able to borrow them for the shoot. The only thing I needed was my keen sense of knowing. The knowing that comes from doing this work professionally since I was 16. Art comes from doing it. Once the process begins it blossoms like a flower. The art unfolds right before your eyes.
I was overwhelmed with the stunningly vibrant energy they had for one another. I started shooting and knew right away I was on to something miraculous! They were pure heaven to look at. In about an hour I had shot over 250 images and was done. There were so many great images to work from. I totally forgot about getting them wet!
I have painted 3 paintings of Pony & Arabelle and they are all spectacular!
Check out the other paintings on my work in progress pages. They are called Arabelle Reclining and Pony & Arabelle's Kiss.
I think it is interesting to share where my paintings come from.