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Pleasing yourself

I did another drawing last night based on the pose I used last week, but I was far happier with the result this time. Instead of drawing the model from behind her head, I drew her from the side and was happy with the pose I had set her in and was just about to commence drawing when she commented that the spot-light was in her eye too much, and she momentarily put her forearm over her face to shield her eyes – and I exclaimed “That’s it! a loads better pose, stay there, just like that!” so that’s how I drew her, eyes hidden, and much prefer the outcome of it! The drawing is a nice body landscape showing feminine curves and plains, and is called “Pleasing yourself” which leaves no doubt at all as to what she’s doing, unlike last week when I couldn’t make my mind up if the drawing was fully erotic or not (and that’s not usually a problem for me, I normally exactly know what’s erotic!!). The model was happy with the pose and said she could quite happily go to sleep in this pose, so I agreed and said I’d find her some nice quiet music to listen to then. She was surprised as I normally like something with some *raunch* in it then burst out laffing when I put on AC/DC at full blast!!!!! We don’t do quiet when I’m drawing!!!!

…………..And I want to say at this point that I feel I have finally arrived as an artist. Sorry, I’ll rephrase that – as an Artist. I love it when someone introduces me as “Jackie, the artist” – that use of the word “the” says so much!!! But I know I’ve worked very hard this year on my art, on promoting me and my artwork. I’ve built up my website, and started this blog, I’ve met some very interesting people both in real life and through my virtual internet life. I’ve talked locally to the WI and had in-depth conversations with people from different continents, I’ve sold artwork locally and to the USA, and joined the Guild of Erotic Artists which I know is going to open many other doors for me, through my connections with it and other artists. And during one of my recent conversations with a well established erotic artist, he said that people buy artwork for three reasons, and they are:- because you’re an established name, and people buy your art as an investment; because they just like the painting; and because the artwork is decorative, but that’s all it is. And I know I’m a long way past being “just decorative” and for some years now I’ve been painting and selling artwork because people have an empathy with a particular drawing or painting, but……. now………….. I feel I’ve arrived as an “Artist” – I’m just starting to become an established name. And how do I know this? Because I’ve sold quite a bit of artwork in the last few weeks, locally and abroad, and at no point has anyone quibbled over the price I’ve set. They tell me what they want, and if its a commission I explain how it will look, we discuss size and medium, whose framing it and any other pertinent details and then I give a price and they nod and pay me. Maybe they think they’re getting a bargain and are relieved I wasn’t as expensive as they first thought, maybe they just think it’s a fair price. I know I’m not expensive as an artist, but neither am I cheap. But I also know I can paint things that many other artists can’t. So I have a unique talent. I know my prices will rise as I get more established – its the way with the arts, whether you’re a musician, writer, actor or artist. And, hopefully, my buyers will have an investment for the future…….. I’m working on it, anyway!

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 (13)

  1. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Dec 5, 2007

    beautiful work as usual my dear, and you TOTALLY deserve that title!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 5, 2007

    Vi – Aw, thanks mate!

  3. having my cake
    Dec 5, 2007

    I really like that one. It’s amazing what difference changing the angle of approach can make. A bit like you suddenly realising that you are an Artist… and you are!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 5, 2007

    Having my cake – considering what YOU blog about, I would have thought you’d have known ALL about what difference the angle of approach can make!!!! Lol

    And… thanks!

  5. hornymaleuk
    Dec 5, 2007

    Jackie
    I’m so pleased you are selling your work.
    The most important thing is that YOU feel you have arrived as an Artist. Your self confidence will make all the difference.
    I like that image very much. I hope I can pose again for you soon!

  6. nitebyrd
    Dec 6, 2007

    Your art is beauty. That’s the only thing that I think about. It brings me pleasure. That is more valuable than any money.

    I like the new pose but still find the first more erotic. (I know, I know – everyone’s a critic! LOL)

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

    Hi jackie,If I dont get a chance to visit you again before I leave to Oz, I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good one!.
    (oh and I got a chrissy card from our american friends!)

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 7, 2007

    Vi – Thanks for the seasonal message, and the news from our mutual American friends. All the best for your well deserved trip to Oz!

  9. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 7, 2007

    Hornymaleuk – Thankyou, so am I! Yes, I feel I’ve arrived as an artist. I’m glad you like the image, and I look forward to drawing you again whenever we can work out the logistics!

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 7, 2007

    Nitebyrd – Your words are incredibly touching for the way my art affects you, thankyou so much!!

    So long as my figure drawings appear erotic to you, I don’t mind whichever one you prefer best! We all have our opinions……!

  11. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 9, 2007

    Indigo – Thanks! Yes, I do have a great working relationship with my model and AC/DC is brilliant to get me going! Love it!

  12. Racy Redhead
    Dec 11, 2007

    Love the picture Jackie. The combination of the model hiding her face but exposing the rest of her body really appeals to me! A case of art imitating ( my ) life again!!

    Am so pleased that you finally know that you have arrived as an ‘Artist’ – and, boy, what an entrance!!

  13. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 11, 2007

    Racy redhead – Thanks, glad to know you can find parallels in your life, to my art.

    And yeh, I’m happy to announce I’m an artist now – and I think the *big entrance* will be when I can finally get around to the pussy portraits!!

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