Letting go

I’ve had two emails today from recent buyers of my artwork and its poignantly reminded me again of what it’s like to create a piece of artwork – either as a commission or as an exhibition piece – and to sell it to someone. If its a commission I know what I’m painting as the client has specific ideas and I just have to find out what they want and create it for them. If its a painting for an exhibition I paint something that I hope may appeal to someone, as the idea has appealed to me somehow. But either way the painting is created and either short term for commissions, or sometimes long term for exhibition pieces, the painting will be stored somewhere where I see it regularly. And I get used to seeing it, and I like looking at it, and get pleasure from it. And then, suddenly, its sold. Its gone. I don’t see the original anymore. I can see a copy of it but not the real thing…….

….. and then today I get an email from the buyer of the erotic landscape of New York, the painting I’ve entitled “Towering passions”. He came to meet me and collect the painting at the weekend and he just wanted to say a big thank you for the painting and to say that he’ll miss looking at it when it goes as a Christmas present to its intended recipient! And I realised that he was going through what I did – getting pleasure from the painting being in his view for a short space of time before it went to to hang on someone else’s wall full time.

And then later on today I got another email from the USA – from a fellow blogger who has recently bought another of my paintings, and who received it this week, and wrote to say thank you and to tell me she is delighted with it. Which in turn delights me. I love it when one of my paintings goes to live where it will give pleasure to the people who now own it.

And the really nice thing too is that I’m meeting some lovely people through my art and the circle continues when my art brings people to me, to commission one of my paintings, or I advertise my art and the people come to me through that …. because it turned out that I know the buyer of the erotic landscape, although I had no idea who he was when he commissioned the piece. I had no idea who he was when he walked through my door at the weekend, it was only when he told me his connection with someone I know from years ago that I realised exactly who he was!! What a joy to meet him and say hi. What a powerful pull art is, to bring people to me, and for my art to be pulled to them through the images I depict.

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. Indigo
    Dec 13, 2007

    Art is joy to you and joy is art. Pleasure is intense and your creative work has never been more brilliant

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 14, 2007

    Indigo – Yes, you’ve summed it up perfectly, thanks.

  3. nitebyrd
    Dec 14, 2007

    As the proud owner of “Chloe” I have difficulty expressing my joy in receiving the painting. Because it touched me with memories of my own cat, who was loved very much, I knew that I would have this beautiful painting. What I’ve sacrificed to acquire “Chloe” is minuscule in comparison to having this thing of beauty that I will enjoy every day, for years.

    Thank you, again, Jackie. “Chloe” will be well loved and cared for.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 14, 2007

    Nitebyrd – I know she will, and am so happy that I can bring you much pleasure and fond memories through my art!!

  5. Lucy Felthouse
    Dec 15, 2007

    You really must stop doing so much work Jackie, you’re making me look like a total slacker 🙂

    Think you’ll find my e-mail interesting though… xxx

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 15, 2007

    Lucy – I couldn’t possibly make you look like a slacker – I know we both work hard in our chosen careers!!

    And as for your email – I’m always interested in your propositions……

  7. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Dec 18, 2007

    Ahhhh, the letting go of your babies. Just think of all the lovely creations you’ll be doing in the future, to make up for it, and the joy you are bringing to others through your paintings.


    (see, trying to keep up with blogs while away! hehe)

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 18, 2007

    Vi – Thanks, it’s good to know I bring joy to others through my paintings.

    And thanks for stopping by whilst you’re on your sunny Aussie hols!

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