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Reviewing, reflecting and renewal

Well…… it’s been a very busy year! Lots of challenges, lots achieved, lots of artwork created, and some very interesting people met through it all…….

This was the year that I finally found my niche in life – as an Erotic Artist, a painter of naked people and their subtle interactions. I’ve updated my website accordingly, promoted myself more, and started blogging about it. And through blogging I’ve met some incredibly interesting and diverse people, a couple of them even coming from the USA to meet me! This year I’ve sold paintings of animals, landscapes, erotic landscapes, and erotica! I’ve exhibited locally and sold paintings to other countries, hence making me an International Artist. I’ve joined the Guild of Erotic Artists, which has introduced me to like minded artists and raised my standing in the world of erotic art. I’ve shocked and enthralled the ladies of the WI with my tales of naked people and my life as an erotic artist. I’ve been asked to quote for a huge architectural commission which I possibly won’t get, and it doesn’t bother me if I don’t, because my passion is painting the erotic, the inter-relationships and emotional connections between people. It’s that, that inspires me. I’ve been to the interesting and exotic Erotica show in London, to promote myself more as an erotic artist. But best of all of this, I have become an artist, proper. I have the skills, talents, self belief and passion that make me so, and others recognise and acknowledge it also. I’ve been feted like a minor celebrity (very minor!), met a fascinating spiritual healer, had strangers email me out of the blue and offer their many varied services, had others just contact me to say how much my art or outlook on life has struck a chord with them, been asked to paint an aura, captured on paper the embodiment of a favoured pet, sold artwork on the basis of my surname (and talent, I hasten to add!), sold cards and paintings, contributed to local newspapers and local exhibitions, met a very talented erotic writer, inspired others to start blogging, met fellow bloggers and drawn them, invited other women to participate in very intimate and graphic portraits, been invited to sell my artwork as bespoke wall coverings, and had many strange and exciting conversations with all types of people. A good year then.

But what of the new year…….?. Before its even started, there’s a lot to do already. Firstly I have an erotic landscape to paint. This one is going to be an interesting challenge and I shall enjoy doing it immensely. I also want to get back to the Fantasy Fanny collection of paintings, the idea of which excites and exhilarates me. I’ve had to put it on hold for the sake of the Christmas commissions, and can’t wait to get started properly on this most exciting of female art projects. And as well as this, I want to get more involved with the Guild of Erotic Artists, meeting more of my fellow artists and exhibiting with them in new and varied locations. I have also been asked to illustrate the book my new spiritual healer friend has written, which will be the exciting multi-faceted and mystical sort of artwork I love doing. I also want to spend the new year concentrating on promoting the bespoke wall coverings of my artwork which I think will be another exciting outlet for my art. And then, maybe, I can get on to the other ideas I have for paintings and drawings, the half formed notions and visions that will make excellent paintings, when I get the chance to get paint to paper, oils to canvas, pencil to card…………

And as an image for the end of the year, and beginning of the new year, I’ll put up this unicorn. I used it as my Christmas card this year, (well, I could hardly use an erotic image for it, could I?!!) I’m very happy with it as an image of reflection on the old year and hopes and dreams of the new……………..

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 (11)

  1. Luka
    Jan 1, 2008

    Happy New Year, Jackie!

    The unicorn is gorgeous, though I, personally, would have been thrilled to receive an erotic Christmas card – there must be an untapped niche market for you there!

  2. Racy Redhead
    Jan 1, 2008

    Have a very Happy New Year Jackie.

    I can’t possibly imagine what you’re going to do this year to beat 2007, but I’m going to love watching you do it!

    Cheers from Racy and H.

    xx

  3. Loving Annie
    Jan 1, 2008

    Happy New Year 2008 to you, Jackie !

  4. Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!!
    Jan 2, 2008

    Now THATS fantastic, using your own work as cards! Wish I was that talented!

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 2, 2008

    Luka – thankyou, Mmmm…. erotic Chistmas card….now there’s an idea, but…… where ..shall I stick the holly….???!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 2, 2008

    Indigo – thankyou!!! Those comments are much appreciated!

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 2, 2008

    Racy redhead – Thankyou. I shall try my very best to beat 2007, and will happily show you my artistic endeavours! (especially when I can get back to the fantasy fanny paintings!!)

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 2, 2008

    Loving Annie – And to you, thanks!

  9. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 2, 2008

    Vi – I’ve been doing it for years and sell my own cards too, with any of my artistic images anyone chooses…… I’m sure you could do your own Christmas cards too, with photos of some of your more exciting exploits, although there would be a lot to choose from, vi!!!

  10. nitebyrd
    Jan 3, 2008

    Jackie, you sound like you are excited to start the year! 🙂 The card is just beautiful. Maybe next year you could do an erotic snowscape?

    Happy New Year!

  11. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 3, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Yes, I am excited! Loads to do, loads to look forward to!

    And I like your idea of an erotic snowscape….

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