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Happy blog birthday!

Today is my first blog birthday! Yay!!! A whole year of blogging – Wow! I never realised when I first started how much I would enjoy it and what friends I would make through it.

And what a lovely way to celebrate it by finishing dj kirkby’s erotic painting! And she’s as delighted with it as much as I am, so that’s two of us happy! Its been an interesting way of painting a picture, since all of the planning has been done by email. Its certainly been a very interesting painting to do because I had to first find out exactly what dj kirkby was thinking of when she suggested it, and that took quite a bit of time of emails back and forth as we both asked questions of each other and explored possibilities. Then I drew a few sketches and sent them to her to make sure I understood what she had described to me. She told me her thoughts. More adjustments were made, and I sent her some more detailed drawings. Again, she wanted changes and adjustments, and I found it quite a challenge to do what she had asked, but I worked though it and had a moment of pure creative brilliance (even I was impressed with it!!) and came up with the final design, and even the title for it, all within the space of one evening. Wow! And I know when that happens I’m on the right track, because the creative ideas flow and that means the painting will too. And dj kirkby was delighted with the result too – great stuff! From then, I just had to work out the colours and send her a working painting so she could see the final colours before I actually started the painting itself. And all this took a couple of months, on and off. But then, and only then, I could start the painting. But when I finally started it, I knew exactly how it was going to be laid out, the exact colours, the tones and where they would be, the interest, the artistic tricks that make the painting look interesting and as I painted it, it flowed and I could concentrate on getting the paint down and hopefully making it all pull together as a whole painting. I finished it and send a copy of it to dj kirkby and she requested a couple of final touches, which I did after checking with myself that it would add to the painting and not deter from the overall feel of it. And now its done. Finished. Another WOW! I’ve sat and looked at it since I’ve completed it, and would be very happy to have it hanging on my wall. I’ve put many long hours into it, both in physical design and in mental thought. Does it illustrate that? Yes it does. It’s a clever painting. It both looks like an erotic couple AND it looks like a landscape. That’s a huge challenge to do, but I’ve done it! And today’s the day it’s finished, born on the blog, and finished on my blog birthday! A good sign!

And cos I’m in a good mood, and I’m sure dj kirkby won’t mind, I’ll show you a few bits of it. You’ll have to wait a while til I’ll show you the whole thing, cos it was to be a secret until then. But, as a taster, here are a few poignant bits………

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 (27)

  1. Vi
    Mar 6, 2008

    Happy blog birthday and I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE PAINTING!!!!

    I had a chuckle when you said you did it all via email. I know DJ doesn’t like talking on the phone. hehehehe.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 6, 2008

    Vi – thanks – and I hope it’s worth the wait…!

    I didn’t know she doesn’t like talking on the phone, the only reason I mentioned it was because I usually discuss any commission via the phone or face to face, and we’ve had some long discusssions over it.

  3. Luka
    Mar 6, 2008

    Congratulations! A year in blogland is no mean feat. Like Vi, I am looking forward to seeing the painting.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 7, 2008

    Luka – thankyou, and it’s bloggers like you and Vi who make it a joy to be here!

  5. Indigo
    Mar 7, 2008

    ‘Happy Blogday’ well done.. from this little seed you planted on the screen, has grown and gained strength and turned into am awesome amazing creation >;-*..

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 7, 2008

    Indigo – Thankyou, I’m glad you think so!!

  7. hornymaleuk
    Mar 7, 2008

    May your blog continue to flourish!

  8. Spiky Zora Jones
    Mar 7, 2008

    happy Blog Birthday to you…yay! The painting done…double yay…yay!

    You take me back to when I had my art classes…I remember the mur-mur of talk between fellow artist students, talk of their art. It’s so wonderful to read it here and feel your passion. I could almost hear my friend Sandee telling me of her art project.

    Bravo…

    Ciao babes.

  9. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 7, 2008

    Hornymaleuk – Thankyou! I hope so.

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 7, 2008

    Spiky zora jones – Yeh, it is double yay yay! Many thanks. I’m always happy to talk about my art and love the fact you like reading about it!

  11. Vi's Biggest Fan!!!
    Mar 8, 2008

    Happy Blog Bifday!!! 😀

    Gosh! A whole year! I don’t know if I’ll ever last that long! xx

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 8, 2008

    Vi’s biggest fan – thankyou! Sure you will – you’ve got loads of interesting things to say and you love blogging, you’re hooked, like the rest of us!

  13. Indigo
    Mar 8, 2008

    Nice jigsaw Jackie, hope you got all the pieces?

  14. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 9, 2008

    Indigo – I have, actually, plus I know where they all go!

  15. nitebyrd
    Mar 10, 2008

    Happy Belated Blog Birthday, Jackie. May you have many, many more!

    From what I can see of the painting, the colors are marvelous. I can’t wait to see the painting either!

  16. Racy Redhead
    Mar 10, 2008

    Happy Blogging Birthday!

    You have come such a long way in the last year and it’s been a pleasure to read about it.

    You have inspired so many people, me incuded, to seek out their inner creativity.

    Long may you continue. x

  17. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 11, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, I hope so!

    And I can’t wait to show it to everybody!

  18. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 11, 2008

    Racy Redhead – Thankyou, yes I have come a long way in the last year.

    And I’m glad I inspire as much as I’m inspired to create!

  19. having my cake
    Mar 12, 2008

    Happy Blog Birthday. Watched that great programme about the artists painting for Sports Relief last night. Truly fascinating seeing how Scarfe, Stella Vine, Peter Blake, Jack Vettriano and Jack Russell went about constructing their commissions and how they worried about the finished pieces. Made me think of you.

  20. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 12, 2008

    Having my cake – Thanks, and thanks for thinking of me! Aw, I’m touched! I didn’t see the programme although it sounds very interesting!

    And I haven’t forgotten about you, I’m going to get back on to the fantasy fannies as soon as I can!

  21. having my cake
    Mar 13, 2008

    I meant to say, the programme should be available on bbc iplayer for a few more days. You can download it and then watch it at your leisure within the next 30 days.

  22. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 14, 2008

    Having my cake – Great, and thanks for coming back to tell me.

  23. DJ Kirkby
    Mar 27, 2008

    OMG! Those tasters are the best, I love tha tyou did this! You know the finished look of the cave is one of my most favorite bits, one of your flashes of brilliance! But I love the shore line so much too, you are so incredibly talented, the painting speaks to me in a myriad of ways, I will enjoy looking at it for always. Oh and VI, Jackie has been incredibly long suffering but patient throughout and managed it all without even one phone call! Phew!

  24. Casdok
    Mar 28, 2008

    Happy Blogday!
    Love the tease with the painting!

  25. Lady in red
    Mar 29, 2008

    happy blog birthday jackie
    sorry I ahve not been around much for months went through a bit of a non blogging stage.

    having just read your post I think I remember you asking us about landscapes that are also people. I can’t quite remember how you put it at the time. An interesting idea and I am sure with your talent it is a great painting.

  26. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 4, 2008

    dj kirkby – So glad you like these tasters! I love the way the cave looks too. And I’m absolutely delighted to hear that you’ll never tire of looking at it, that’s how it should be with art!

  27. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 4, 2008

    Lady in red – good to hear from you again! Yes, it’s a very interesting idea and its produced a very interesting painting!

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