Clear heads

Due to a busy week and other things getting in the way I’ve not been able to do much work on the second dog commission this week and the Christmas deadline’s looming….. And none of this helped by the fact that I’ve had a stinking cold this week and felt like shit!! But, part of the joy of being self employed is that jobs have to be done for deadlines no matter how you feel! So….. today I thought I ought to at least try and get some of the painting done even if it was something easy like a bit of the background, (cos in theory I shouldn’t be able to cock that up, even if I did feel way under par). So, a cup of tea in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, I stood and looked at the painting and realised virtually straight away that I’d been going wrong in the first place by thinking that I should use gouache paint! I’d chosen it as I needed to paint virtually every hair on a hairy dog, I needed to use a medium that could paint light on dark (unlike watercolours) so had opted for gouache to do the job, but didn’t like the effect I had achieved so far (I couldn’t have been THAT ill then, if I could tell that straight away!), so my only option then was to use acylics as a fast drying watercolour medium that would show the gouache under-painting clearly but give a better overall result. I quickly did a glazing wash over with the acrylics and instantly felt a whole load better about the painting, to the point that within a few hours it was completely finished! Wow! I certainly hadn’t expected to finish it today. And that surprised me too. Because I started painting feeling bunged up, and full of cold and not thinking straight, and ended up still bunged up and full of cold, but with a totally clear head, aware of my creativity working properly and finishing the picture and even being very proud of the end result. So, another Wow!!! Perhaps my well-being just needs to be creative to get me feeling better!!

So… here it is – the finished painting. I’m not sure what sort of dog it is – a bit of everything I think. But I’m really pleased with the painting, and hopefully the recipient will like it too …… I think I’ve captured the dog nicely especially the large soulful eyes….

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 (14)

  1. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Dec 19, 2007

    amazing what you can do under pressure (cold and xmas!) I’m sure your client will love it!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 20, 2007

    Vi – Sometimes a little pressure helps to get things going a bit quicker and more efficiently! I hope the client loves it…. I’ve got a problem if she doesn’t!!

  3. nitebyrd
    Dec 20, 2007

    Jackie, that is a beautiful painting. Just gorgeous!

    I hope you’re feeling better.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 20, 2007

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou! Yes, I feel a lot better today thanks – particularly now that this painting’s done!

  5. Indigo
    Dec 21, 2007

    Mmm… nice doggy! Much prefer pussies tho. Sure, the owner will love the portrait, you always seem to amaze your customers Jackie..!!

  6. DJ Kirkby
    Dec 22, 2007

    That dog has such a sweet face!

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 22, 2007

    Indigo – Mmm… Yes, I prefer pussies too! Hopefully she’ll like it…. I love it when I please people with my art!

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 22, 2007

    dj kirkby – I’m not hugely into dogs, so I’ll take your word for it!!!

  9. Willsibob
    Dec 23, 2007

    Glad you are feeling better, if you’re anything like me it’s the adrenalin when under pressure that kicks in and helps to clear colds.

    The dog may be a greyhound, but I suspect the owner will be delighted, the eyes come across so profoundly, and as many say the soul can be seen in the eyes.

    Well done indeed, now you can have a well earned rest, thought not for too long I hope, looking forward to seeing you back on the erotic track again.

  10. Racy Redhead
    Dec 26, 2007

    Lovely picture Jackie and very interesting to hear about the creative process.
    Even though you were not feeling too well, your natural artisitic instinct came to the fore when you needed it most!

  11. Lucy Felthouse
    Dec 26, 2007

    Awww.. sweet doggy.

    Must say I envy you. When I’m feeling crappy all I do is write complete bollocks!!! But then I suppose I do that anyway 😉

    Hope you had a lovely Xmas xx

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 27, 2007

    Willsibob – I’m not sure if it was adrenalin or not but I’m just glad I finished the painting in time!

    I’d agree about the soul being seen in the eyes.

    And I can’t wait to get back onto the erotic artwork again!

  13. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 27, 2007

    Racy redhead – I’m glad my natural artistic instict came to the fore when I needed it, but then it’s so ingrained into me I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised!

  14. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 27, 2007

    Lucy – Nah, you don’t! – you got talent, girl, and you know it!!

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