Looking for magic

Well, its here again, one of the local exhibitions I get involved in. That time, when I chose my ten paintings, trying to pick the best ones that I think will sell, that will look good as a collection, that will appeal to the buying public. And I wrap them up carefully, write out the hanging label, take them over to the exhibition hall, and hang them up together, making the best of the space available to me. I write out the hanging cards, and pay my hanging fee……………….. then I wait…… patiently. Like a fisherman on the side of the river. I wait. And hope. And wait, and hope that somewhere, someone, will walk through the door, and will walk around the exhibition, quietly surveying the artwork there, and then they will turn the corner, and see before them *my* artwork and they will go *W….. O……. W!!!!* over what they see before them, and they will stare in wonder at my art, my paintings, and they will feel a surge of some unexpected emotion, and they will instantly fall in love with one of my paintings (or maybe two, or better still ALL of them!) and they will instantly feel that they need to buy the painting they have fallen in love with, as their lives will not be complete if they don’t buy it, so they’ll go and pay a deposit on the painting, and will come back at the end of the exhibition to pay for it and collect it, and they will happily take the painting home and hang it on a wall somewhere where it will give them pleasure to look at for ever more……

That’s what I’m hoping for.

But, will I get it?
I don’t know.

Maybe I will.

………And that’s what keeps me ever hopeful……..
And also I have to bear in mind, that there’s talk of a recession. And that petrol and food has shot up in price. And that if people are struggling to buy normal every day living things, they’re not going to be buying artwork. Are they? Ah. yes, its not a necessity, is it? And that’s why the artwork I’ve chosen for this exhibition has some magic in it. I’ve chosen pictures of mine that depict fairies, mermaids, unicorns and dancers. Cos we all need some magic in our lives, especially if money is tight. We need to hang a picture on the wall that will fire us up with hope, and magic, and something that feeds the spirit and soul. We all need that, don’t we?

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. Indigo
    May 23, 2008

    Don’t talk to me about bloody petrol prices.. soon I won’t be able afford to travel, it’s crippling me now! I’m always looking for ‘magic’ not sure I’m looking in the right place though. So I’ll keep my fingers x’d then…. for you Jackie.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    May 23, 2008

    Indigo – We’re all looking for magic, its just knowing where to find it that’s the problem,I agree.

    Thanks for the x’d fingers, I appreciate it!

  3. Indigo
    May 23, 2008

    OK so I’ll keep my fingers x’d, my arms, legs and due to my age… my tits..Lol..

  4. DJ Kirkby
    May 24, 2008

    Which ten have you chosen?

  5. Jackie Adshead
    May 25, 2008

    Indigo – sounds painful, but thanks!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    May 25, 2008

    dj kirkby – The unicorn one here on this post, “Wish upon a star”, the unicorn and waterfall one I showed on my blog a couple of months ago, and have re-named “By the light of the magical moon”, a mermaid one “Dance of the deep”, a fairy one “Fairy magic”, three tango pictures “It takes two to tango”, “Tangoed”, “Red tango dress”, the new red one that I’m using for my website header now “Lady and the lamp”, another vaguely erotic one “Venus of Timaru” and one I did ages ago of a kingfisher, whcih is aptly called “Kingfisher”! Most of them are on my website if you want to take a closer look

  7. Spiky Zora Jones
    May 26, 2008

    jackie…a beautiful pic swetie. I think art feeds the soul as much as food.

    To lose art in everyday life…oh then what would make the world go around. I can sit and just look a a painting for hours…come back and see more. I follow the stokes and sometimes I think of what was on there minds. Sometimes when do art…my mind is not on the painting or piece of art work I am working on…It’s on other things out of room…and I wake up with my art almost done. Oh…have you ever done that? I used to do that with clay, alot and with pencil drawings. I just drifted away.

    Ciao babes…Hope is wonderful to hold on to.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    May 27, 2008

    Spiky – I certainly think art feeds the soul, and yes I’ve drifted away with my thoughts on other matters whilst I’ve painted and drawn, its very therapeutic.

    And you’re right, hope is wonderful to hold on to!

  9. nitebyrd
    May 29, 2008

    I am one of the very lucky people who get to look at “Jackie Magic” everyday. No matter how bad a day is, when I look at “Chloe”, I smile. 😀

  10. Jackie Adshead
    May 30, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Aw, that’s really lovely! Thankyou. I’m delighted that you love that picture so much. It’s the reason people should buy art – because they adore it so much, and it *lifts* their day just to look at it.

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