Hiding naughtiness

I’ve always loved clever paintings, the sort where something is hidden within the image and at first glance it seems like an innocuous painting, but then you realise there’s actually a clever depiction of something which puts a whole new twist on what you’re looking at. And it’s even better if some people see it, and others don’t. It makes it more fun, and amuses and entertains the one’s who do see it. I suppose you’d call the images surreal – that half reality, half dream like state of putting diverse subjects together that normally wouldn’t be.

I also like painting landscapes and hiding something within the contours of the painting. I did this oil painting for myself a few years ago, and still get a lot of pleasure looking at it – the dramatic moon lit sky, the parting clouds, crashing waves, sandy beach and rocky headland…….. Oh, and the naked woman!

Recently, I’ve been asked if I’d be able to paint a landscape with an underlying erotic theme – the sort where adults would see the erotica, but young children wouldn’t. It’s an interesting proposition for me – the sort of thing I adore painting. But….. how to hide the erotica is the tricky part – whether to use the entwined bodies as the landscape itself, making the hills and valleys with the odd bush sprouting up in prominent places! Or just to paint the landscape but have the erotic couples hidden amongst the writhing trunks of gnarled tree trunks, or secreted amongst the fast flowing waters of a stream, lovers entwined together in the craggy crevices of rocks and lichen covered rocky outcrops or just hinted at amongst the greenery of shrubs and foliage. The ideas are endless…… and exciting!
I know I’d get great satisfaction out of doing it – and hope that others would out of seeing it.

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 (20)

  1. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Oct 2, 2007

    Oh VERY clever! It wasn’t until you mentioned it that I saw her!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 2, 2007

    Vi – That’s why I mentioned it…..

    Oct 2, 2007

    Is there no end to your creativity, woman? I’d love to share my own talent with you; what I do for a living is in another part of the artist’s spectrum. I just admire you very much. And I’m pretty sure that we look at life in similar ways…:) It’s good to know that those kindred spirits are out here.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 2, 2007

    Ronjazz – Aw, thanks, Ron. If you can think of a way of us pooling our creative resources, I’m open to offers!

    And yes, I think we look at life in similar ways. But I didn’t realise quite how many kindred spirits are out there until I started blogging!

  5. Sage
    Oct 2, 2007

    Lovely painting, Jackie!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 2, 2007

    Sage – thankyou.

  7. Lucy Felthouse
    Oct 3, 2007

    Oooh I really like that one missus. Like you, I like paintings like that, that make you look twice and have a giggle when you see what’s hidden! Can’t wait to see what happens when you do another one!

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 3, 2007

    Lucy – Thanks, I’ve got an idea for the next one……

  9. having my cake
    Oct 4, 2007

    LMAO, it took me several minutes of concerted studying of both the post size and the enlarged size before I finally saw her…

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 4, 2007

    Having my cake – Saw who? Oh…. the woman in the clouds you mean! (S’ok, I’m only kidding!!).

    Its funny, cos to me, she’s so obvious, but then I painted her, so I suppose she would be!

  11. bittersweet me
    Oct 4, 2007

    subtle – but lovely 🙂

  12. Willsibob
    Oct 4, 2007

    Dramatic – lovely contrast of dark sky and sparkling water, the lady just adds to the whole enjoyment.

    Just to make things harder for you – hiding a copulating couple in a “natural” scene eg. tree trunk would give a range of opportunities with the curves of nature. What I think would be interesting would be to hide a loving couple hidden in a building skyline night scene eg. New York…

    I’d be really interested to know how you might hide them…

  13. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 5, 2007

    Bittersweet me – That’s good to know, as I strive for both!

  14. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 5, 2007

    Willsibob – Thankyou, I love painting dramatic pictures.

    Yes, you’re right, nature gives endless curves to hide copulating couples, and makes my job slightly easier. A New York skyline would be very difficult with the hard squared edges, but not impossible, and if you wanted me to, I would gladly paint it for you……

    Oct 5, 2007

    Not necessarily, Jackie. Just hide them in Central Park, among the green. Or in the East River (which isn’t really a river, I guess). I’m sure with your imagination, you could find a way. Even on a poster for a show on Broadway…there’s an idea.

  16. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 5, 2007

    Ronjazz – Thanks for the suggestions – and it might be interesting to do a dot to dot type painting using the lights on the skyscrapers…… to pick out the lovers, that would be fun to do!

  17. Desire X
    Oct 8, 2007

    Hmmm, kind of a dali-esque idea. Though I’m sure it didn’t originate with him, perv that he was.

  18. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 8, 2007

    Desire X – I’m a big fan of Dali – so perhaps that’s where part of the idea came from!

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    Aug 18, 2010

    SEO – good.

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