The story so far

It seems that if I’m not being creative painting a picture, I’m being creative putting words together to describe how I’m creative with producing my artwork. So, since I’ve finished the erotic landscape now, I’ve been busy over the weekend thinking about what I’m going to write about myself for a new book I’m going to be featured in, along with other artists. What to put in, what to leave out. What’s going to be interesting for people to read. How to keep it succinct and informative. How to describe my creativity, which paintings to feature that show my versatility and subject matter. I have to consider how my feature will compare with the other featured artists and try and get my personality across within the words. Mmmm…… So, how do I identify myself, and describe my journey so far, what inspires me, what I paint and why I paint it, the way I paint it, any funny stories I have connected with it and what I think may be interesting for others to read. I’m not sure exactly how much of being a professional artist is down to painting, and hopefully selling my art, and how much is actually down to promoting myself, so that I can sell my art. Each needs the other and works in conjunction with the other. I need to think which avenues to choose that promote me in the best way I want to be promoted. But I think this particular book will be very helpful in doing just that. But I just need to get the words right.

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 (20)

  1. Luka
    Mar 10, 2008

    It’s always a tricky thing having to condense yet promote yourself via a few well chosen words. Good luck with the book, sounds like a great opportunity.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 10, 2008

    Luka – Yes, it is, and thankyou!

  3. Indigo
    Mar 10, 2008

    I’m sure you’ll find the power within you,and the strength as an amazin artist to take the right path, to find the space that you’re searching for.. it will all come together, & you Will succeed.. have faith in your belief

  4. nitebyrd
    Mar 11, 2008

    Write like you paint and you’ll have no problem.

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 11, 2008

    Indigo – Thanks, I do have faith in my belief!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 11, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Wow, thanks for that inspirational comment!

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

    A book? How cool!!!

    I know you’ll find the perfect words! You’re a brilliant blogger as you are an artist! 🙂 xx

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 11, 2008

    Vi’s biggest fan – Thanks for your confidence, I’m not so sure, but I’ll give it a try!

  9. Vi
    Mar 11, 2008

    I’m sure you’ll have no problem expressing yourself! You do it so well!

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 11, 2008

    Vi – Aw, thanks!

  11. DJ Kirkby
    Mar 12, 2008

    That book sounds really interesting!

  12. having my cake
    Mar 12, 2008

    Like I said in the comment on the last post, that programme was really interesting learning how the various artists went about their work. Your blog posts are always very well written so Im sure you’ll have no problem with the book.

  13. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 12, 2008

    Having my cake – Thankyou, I’m glad you find what I write about well written, that’s praise indeed!

    And having spent the last five days working on it, I hope what I’ve written is acceptable!

  14. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 12, 2008

    dj kirkby – I hope so, and I’m also hoping to feature your painting in it, amongst others!

  15. Spiky Zora Jones
    Mar 13, 2008

    OH Jackie, I’m so excieted for you. Those are good questions though…I think you will decide exactly which to put in.

    That is so amazing. I think its a grand opportunity. The book will do wonderfully, honey. Please let us know when it will be out…I want to buy several. There are many artist in my family.

    fab post…eeeek! I can’t wait to see it.

  16. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 13, 2008

    Spiky zora jones – Thankyou, I think it’s a grand opportunity too!The book should be out in the summer I think. I’ll let you know, if you still want to buy some copies, I’ll have some to sell.

  17. Indigo
    Mar 14, 2008

    Jackie..well if you have faith in your belief then you’re almost there.

  18. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 14, 2008

    Indigo – yes, I am!

  19. DJ Kirkby
    Mar 27, 2008

    I would love for the painting you did for us to be in it! I want to buy the book too so make sure to let us know when!

  20. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 4, 2008

    dj kirkby – Certainly I’ll let you know, and I can understand your excitement over your painting being published in it!

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