If I’m not mistaken

Do you wanna hear a funny story? Well it certainly amused me greatly ……….
I’ll share it with you and see what you think……..

The other week a woman I know as a distant acquaintance from many years ago contacted me regarding wanting a painting done as a surprise for her husbands forthcoming birthday. She wanted a dog painting to match the previous one I had done for her some years ago. I couldn’t remember doing it at all even though she was adamant I had and had told various friends of hers who admired it, that I was a good artist and how much she liked my work and was going to commission me again. It surprised me that I couldn’t remember painting it, but since she was adamant I had, I put it down to a lapse in my (normally very good) memory. I said I’d be happy to paint another painting for her whilst wracking my brains about the original one I couldn’t picture at all. She said she’d take some photos of the dog and we agreed to arrange my visit to her this week. As she gave me directions to her house, I knew I had certainly been there before, so presumed it must have been in connection with the painting I had done for her, which is why I could remember the house so well (although it’s a very distinctive and beautiful house so it wasn’t hard to remember). When I got there, she welcomed me in, and we sat chatting over coffee, discussing art, dogs, travel, cooking and various other general topics and it was only when she asked me if I had previously painted under the name “J Cross” that I realised why I couldn’t remember the painting. I HADN’T DONE IT! Aah, that would explain things!! But she had asked me to paint the picture because she thought I had!! Whoops!!!! She thought the mistaken identity hilarious. And I must admit I do too! And the ironic thing is she still wants me to paint the picture as two heads of the same dog, and if she likes it enough will commission me to paint another head of previous dog of hers that has since died. So, I’m hopefully getting two commissions out of it, and all because she thought I was someone else! Yay! Good for me! Er, yes, but bad for the person who did the original painting. Not good for them at all!!! I was pleased though that the woman thought me more professional than the original artist, and I think I’ll paint a better picture too. Hopefully she’ll think so as well.

………and I’ve remembered why I went to her house originally, and it’s nothing to do with art at all!

So, I’m back on dog portraits again. I think I might seriously re-consider whether I’m in the wrong job. Perhaps I should do dog portraits for a living instead!

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 (12)

  1. Indigo
    Apr 11, 2008

    Dog portraits?? Yeah right, I’ll think you’ll have lost the plot if you do decide to paint ‘DOGS!’.. but I know you won’t so we’re quite safe with that one. So what breed we talking .. shitsu? Lap dogs? or Great danes? Lol

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 11, 2008

    Yeh, you know I’m joking when I say that! Although I’m delighted to get these commissions, and I’ll be more than happy to paint the dogs.

    I’m not sure what difference it makes but they’re labradors actually. Black ones!

  3. VBF!
    Apr 12, 2008

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Thats hilarious!!! I’m sure you’ll do an even better job though! 🙂 xx

  4. hornymaleuk
    Apr 12, 2008

    Dogs, houses, lanscapes, people… You paint them all so well. But it’s your erotic stuff I enjoy the most!

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 12, 2008

    vbf – Yeh, I think its hilarious too! And I’m confident I’ll do a better job for her.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 12, 2008

    Hornymaleuk – Thankyou, and I’m not at all surprised to hear you say you prefer the erotic stuff!

  7. Loving Annie
    Apr 12, 2008

    That does seem funny. But people want you to paint for them, (even if they do have your name wrong 🙂 and the desire for your work is a good thing !

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 12, 2008

    Loving Annie – Oh, I’m always happy when people have a desire for my work!

  9. Spiky Zora Jones
    Apr 14, 2008

    I know another blogger that paints too. She is very talented. she was painted her dog…you got to love pet paintings. they capture so much of the animal.

    I think you’re very talented too…I can’t wait to see what you have next?

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 15, 2008

    Spiky Zora Jones – Thankyou.

    I’m working on getting back to doing the Fantasy Fanny collection, and something makes me think your’re gonna be VERRRRYYY interested in it!!!!!

  11. nitebyrd
    Apr 18, 2008

    No, Jackie. Paint dogs for fun and erotics for life! You’re too good an artist to stick to just dogs. Even though you paint them fantastically.

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 19, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Why, thankyou! Yes, I’ll carry on doing the erotic art I love, although I’ll also paint anything anyone wants, dogs included!

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