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Seeing red

Last week when I saw my usual model I had a basic idea for a painting but after trying a couple of poses in watercolour I decided I wasn’t at all happy at the outcome for various reasons, it just wasn’t working and the colours and tones were far too weak. I wanted to do a long vertical red painting and tried the model in various tall poses but they just didn’t work somehow. Mmmm…… rethink. And this week I realised that I’d been going about it the wrong way and I’d be better doing a long horizontal painting instead! Yay! Far better! And to get the stronger colour I was after I changed the medium to acrylics as they are far more vibrant and get a better result far quicker and more assuredly than watercolours. Success! I also decided to paint the whole background in a rich scarlet to start with which instantly gave me my mid tones and then all I needed to do was pick out the lights in the painting and add the darks and it was complete. The composition was something that came to me with one of those instants of brilliance too. So I got the model to lie on a long sofa, with a table lamp to the side of her, highlighting her breasts and long shapely legs, and painted the composition as it was. Since the light and her arm nearest to it were the lightest parts of the painting, I captured those first, letting the rest of her body fade towards the darkness at the other end of the painting. To add interest to the sofa I put golds and purples in with the cushions surrounding the model and am really delighted with the result of it! It works beautifully as a composition, I love the colours of it, the rich vibrant reds, and the paler tones of the womans skin. Her pose is at ease, elegant and alluring. She’s confident in herself and delights in being admired in her rich setting. I think it’s sensual, erotic and graceful. And the title of this painting? Well, it could have been a number of titles, but I’ve settled on “Lady with the lamp”. And I know I’ve done a good painting because I keep wanting to look at it! And that’s always a good sign!!

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 (10)

  1. nitebyrd
    Apr 30, 2008

    Jackie, what a fantastic painting!

    She seems so relaxed and comfortable. I think she could either be watching TV or watching her lover come through the door.

    The color and pose are brilliant!

  2. Vi
    Apr 30, 2008

    Oh WOW! That’s fantastic! That could be me lying on my sofa in the evenings! lol!

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 30, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, I love the colours and pose too. I feel she’s waiting for her lover to walk through the door…….

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 30, 2008

    Vi – Thankyou! But, it COULD be you, I can paint YOU in this pose with these colours with pleasure!

  5. Indigo
    Apr 30, 2008

    Hmmm… ‘Very Sexy’ painting Jackie. Or maybe she’s just had wonderful sex and is knakkerd, and just regaining her strength? Lol

  6. Jackie Adshead
    May 1, 2008

    Indigo – Mmm….could be! 🙂

    And I’m glad you like it, thanks.

  7. Willsibob
    May 1, 2008

    Warm and luxurious, a painting you could melt into. Excellent.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    May 2, 2008

    Willsibob – Oooh, I like the idea of a luxurious painting you could melt into, how wonderful! And I’m delighted you like it, thankyou.

  9. Spiky Zora Jones
    May 2, 2008

    God that is fabulous…I want to be photographed like that…or painted. How very hot…and RED…fires me up. Woo hoo!

  10. Jackie Adshead
    May 4, 2008

    spiky zora jones – Well I’ll happily paint you like that if you want me to?

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