I spent all morning yesterday sorting out three paintings to enter into a local art competition. The pictures were already painted and framed, I just had to sort out the details for the stipulations for entering them in the competition – on the back of the painting had to be the name of artist (I knew that bit!), media and price (I always do that anyway), and contact details (does that mean just a phone number, or address as well? – ok, I’ll do both), and on the front there had to be all the details again, written on a label, attached with string, so that the label can hang down infront of the painting. Ok, I did that. Then I had to put cardboard protective corners on each painting, and as the bloody things wouldn’t stay on, had to attach them with masking tape, wrap all three paintings in bubble wrap, put them in my carrying bag, and fill out the form. Name, address, names of paintings, media, price and size – what on earth do they want size for? And in inches or centimetres? I work in inches, but I bet they work in centimetres, and I presume they mean the outside size of the frame, and not the size of the actual painting inside the frame? Find a tape measure, measure them, and put the figures on the form. I still can’t think why they want the measurements – they’ve got the paintings, what difference does having the measurements figures make? Pack the whole lot into the car and drive to the venue (a new one for me, although I’ve entered this competition before, it was at a different place last year). I found it easily enough, and handed my paintings in, paid the hanging fees, they didn’t want the bloody cardboard protective corners I’d so carefully applied, so I had to remove them all again and got the bloody masking tape stuck to all the bubble wrap, had a brief chat and came away again. So now I’ve got to wait til the end of the week to see whether they’ve been accepted, or rejected, in which case I’ll have to go and collect any rejects next weekend, and the ones that have been accepted will be hung and judged along with the others in due course. It’d be nice to win the top prize, or even any prize. Last year I didn’t win anything. This year I’ve got different pictures, and I rate a couple of them, the third might be a bit weird for the judges, but we’ll see. None of them are erotic. I was supremely pissed off last year when I saw one of the paintings that won a “distinction” prize. As it was an absolute and exact copy of another artists work. She runs local art workshops and paints in a particular style, and the subject matter is of a particular type, so very easily recognised, and the painting that got the award last year was a direct copy of her work, most probably done on one of the workshops. So was I angry? Yes, I bloody was!! That my artwork which was unique, individual and not plagiarised, didn’t win against a direct copy of someone elses work. I almost said something at the time to the organisers, but thought it would look like “sour grapes” on my part, so didn’t. Do I wish I had? Maybe.

But, as far as winning is concerned – I won the top prize in a local art exhibition a few years ago, and that was a brilliant experience. There were three categories, and an overall top prize, which the judge judged on “If there was a fire, and I had to run out of the building with just one painting, which one would it be?” – and that was the prize I won, with one of my tiger portraits “Burning bright”. Infact the judge liked it so much, he bought it from me afterwards, which doubly made my day – I sang at the top of my voice all the way home!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (6)

  1. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Jul 15, 2007

    Ooooh, wishing you all the luck in the world for this one! What are the pictures of that you entered?

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 15, 2007

    Vi – Thanks – the best one is called “A step above” and is a watercolour of ancient stone steps in a French village(its on my website), the second one is called “Birds of a feather” and is a colourful pastel of a cockerel and hen(also on my website)and the third one is the weird one called “Everywoman” and is about women multi-tasking – I featured it on my blog on 27th May.

  3. Indigo
    Jul 16, 2007

    Fingers crossed for you Jackie. All the very best. Will listen out for you singing at the top of your voice!!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 16, 2007

    Indigo – Thanks!

  5. Cherrie
    Jul 17, 2007

    I certainly hope you are successful, Jackie, but don’t take it too hard if you’re not. The judging of art is so subjective, what is beautiful to one person could be unremarkable to another, and for no logical reason. So when you win, take pride in that the judges love your art, and when you don’t, take comfort in the likelihood that you just haven’t shown your work to the right judges.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 17, 2007

    Cherrie – wise words indeed, and you’re right about art being subjective, which makes it hard to paint for an exhibition.

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