Choosing the chosen few

I’ve taken the chosen few….. well ……..ten…. paintings to the exhibition. The best of the years work. The ones I’m happiest with, most want to exhibit, the ones, in my opinion, most likely to sell. Wrapped lovingly in their protective covers, they’re taken to the venue, a few questions as to where they should be left, unwrapped they’re brought blinking into the sunlight, and left in the charge of complete strangers, who I entrust to look after my precious creations. These strangers will hang them, choose where they look best, and the next time I’ll see them they’ll be part of a large exhibition of 900 or so pieces of art. And maybe, just maybe, some of them will get the coveted red dots. The mark of a sale. The greatest prize of all – someone wants to own one of my paintings. Wants to buy it, and take it home, to cherish and adore it, as part of their home decor, to enhance and decorate their home……. But because the exhibition is so popular and attracts so many visitors from far and wide, there may be too many paintings for the hanging space. Its an extensive area, but the organisers have no idea what size paintings are going to arrive, and just how they will be hung. Its a mammoth and daunting task. So they ask each artist to pick four, just four, from their chosen ten which will be the first to be hung and after the first ones have been sold, they will be replaced with the next paintings, so that the exhibition will hang as many paintings as they can for this prestigious exhibition, the funds of which are for a charitable organisation. So, tell me this, HOW do I choose? How do I pick just four in a split second of time, do I choose the best, the most likely to sell, the largest, the ones that give a good example of what I do. How on earth do I chose?

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 (8)

  1. Luka
    Aug 24, 2007

    I don’t envy you! It is so hard trying to select your best work, isn’t it? I am sure whatever you go with in the end will be the right choice. Good luck!

  2. Lucy Felthouse
    Aug 24, 2007

    It’s difficult because how are you to know what sort of people will be at the exhibition? If they were all like me, you could hang two erotic ones, and two of your fairy tale type ones, my favourites 😉 If they’re all vanilla people, who knows?! I’m sure you’ll sell some, you have nothing to worry about!

  3. Cherrie
    Aug 25, 2007

    Just pick any four, Jackie. They will all sell! Seriously, you don’t know exactly what the buyers will be looking for, so don’t try to out-think them.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 25, 2007

    Luka – I hope so, thanks.

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 25, 2007

    Lucy – it’s a vanilla exhibition, so I’ve chosen two landscapes and two tango’s, so that’s totally different to your choice already!!!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 25, 2007

    Cherrie – Yes you’re right, I can’t out-think any potential buyers, so have chosen what I consider will be the most popular.

    Aug 26, 2007

    I agree. Choose what you think is most accessible and then filter in the empty spaces. From what I’ve seen, you’ll be richer in no time!

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 27, 2007

    Ronjazz – I hope so!!!

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