Words that turn me on….

………”The Arts Festival thanks you for your submissions to the Open Art Competition and Exhibition and is delighted to exhibit your work”…… such sexy words – along with “Hi Jackie, we’re interested in a painting of yours that we’ve seen recently and wondered if we could come and see it again?” – Oh yes!!! Course you can!!……..

Now I know that just because the arts festival want to hang three of my paintings, and the fact that someone wants to come and see one of my tiger paintings again, doesn’t necessitate a sale on either count, its a start, and I’m happy that there’s interest!

Some years ago I met a woman who really liked one of my paintings – it was a weird surreal painting she’d seen at an exhibition, and she absolutely raved over it! I must have bumped into her five or six times over the course of the next eighteen months, and everytime I saw her she mentioned this particular painting and how much she liked it, and wanted to come and see me, and view it again. It got to the point when I was just about to blow my top at her, for wasting my time even bringing up the subject, since she obviously had no intention of ever doing what she was promising, but then, one day, she came to see me, looked at the picture and said “I’ve just got to buy it!” and I realised that it had sort of haunted her in someway – she had fallen in love with it, and just had to own it, to view it everyday, and that her life wouldn’t ever be complete until she had purchased it. And that, for me, is why people should buy art – because they love it so much, they need to look at it because it fills something within them. I love it when that happens – particularly when its something I’ve painted and people make an emotional connection to it.

So, just because someone has seen one of my paintings, doesn’t mean they’re going to buy it, but it might set an idea growing, and they just might come back to me, and they might just buy it at some time in the future…….. maybe…

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 (4)

  1. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Jul 21, 2007

    Great news! Well done!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 22, 2007

    Vi – thanks.

  3. Cherrie
    Jul 24, 2007

    Yes, you need to stay positive. You have tremendous talent, and sometimes it takes your prospective customers a while to decide to have some of it in their homes rather than a new chair or painting the dining room.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 24, 2007

    Cherrie – thankyou for saying I have tremendous talent. I just wish others realised it! But as long as there’s a prospective customer I’ll stay positive.

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