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Maybe I passed some magic on somewhere

Well as far as the exhibition went I could say that it wasn’t much of a success, in that I didn’t sell a painting and overall the whole exhibition didn’t sell alot. But the lack of sales was perhaps to be expected because people are tightening their belts due to the cost of everything going up at the moment. And I know I don’t sell well at exhibition, for some reason (I still haven’t fully worked out why even now, after many years trying!). So, a lot of hard work and time put into something that hasn’t reaped a return…….

Or has it? Yes, I think it has actually. I may not have made any sales, and I might be financially worse off for it, but i think there has been a lot of good to come out of it. I’ve spent the weekend with my artist friends, I’ve seen their artwork, as they have seen mine. I’ve seen some beautiful paintings, and admired them. And I’ve had some nice comments from the people who’ve admired mine. And someone emailed me regarding my paintings -I’m still not sure who she is who emailed me, but she seems to think she knows me, and maybe I’ve met her at an exhibition before, its an enigma at the moment, but she took the time to get in touch with me, which was lovely, and she particularly liked my unicorn paintings, and has told me of some books it reminds her of, which I want to search further into. So, that was beneficial. And I had a long chat with an artist friend this morning, who also exhibited over the weekend, and we dissected the exhibition, as people are wont to do, and in passing she mentioned a guy I don’t know who she said knows my artwork very well, and when she mentioned my name to him, he knew of me. So, again, I’m getting my name known, and that will help in the future. Somehow. And that’s the funny thing about exhibitions, I go and show my artwork and think that if I’ve not made a sale, its been a failure. But it hasn’t. its done a lot of good. Tis all positive stuff.

So, what now? Well, I’ve got the dog commissions to do. I’ve done one, and that’s proved so much of a success that I’ve been given another commission to do. So that’s really exciting. And I much prefer commissions to exhibitions. Because people tell me what they want, and that’s what I paint. With an exhibition, I have to guess what people are going to like, as well as painting something I like too. Its far more hit and miss.

So, back to the dogs……………

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. Spiky Zora Jones
    May 28, 2008

    that is fab, your name is spoken from mouth to ear and they are recognizing your art work. S

    Sweetie…book is right. have you thought of putting together your painting and making an art book.

    I love to buy books that show artist and their artwork. You would have a wondeful book. The enery of your words…you exicite people with your enthusiasm. That along with photos of your art…you have a wonderful book…call it “Passing magic somewhere.” I’d buy it babes and proudly put it with my library of fave books.

    think about it babes…Ciao

  2. Jackie Adshead
    May 28, 2008

    Spiky – Wow, funny you should mention that – yes, I have been thinking a lot recently of writing an art book about my life as an artist, how my art has evolved and featuring my many paintings. I love the idea of passing on magic, through words and pictures!

  3. Vi
    May 28, 2008

    It’s all about networking. Eventually all the effort you put into these things will show.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    May 28, 2008

    Vi – Yeh, its about networking with like minded people. And the effort I put into my art is starting to show already by the interest I’m continuing to receive.

  5. Nicey
    May 28, 2008

    I feel for ya, your doing all the right things and making the effort it must be so frustrating not being able to find the people that like your work, they are out there.
    Keep on doing what ya keep on doing

    Nicey

  6. Jackie Adshead
    May 28, 2008

    Nicey – Thanks! It can be frustrating, but I try to be philosophical about it. I think they’re out there, and I’ll continue to do what I do, and maybe they’ll find me, or I’ll find them, one way or another!

  7. Racy Redhead
    May 28, 2008

    Love the book idea Jackie.
    As for the networking, well, these things take time but I can understand how frustrating things like that can be!

  8. Jackie Adshead
    May 29, 2008

    Racy redhead – Yeh, I like the book idea too!

    I try not to get frustrated, and count it as all to the greater good (somewhere, and somehow!).

  9. Indigo
    May 29, 2008

    Go for it… the book that is! I had some ‘magic’ at the weekend, may blog about at some point..

  10. Jackie Adshead
    May 29, 2008

    Indigo – Yeh, I’m really keen on the book idea.

    Your “magic” sounds interesting. I look forward to reading your blog if you decide to write about it.

  11. nitebyrd
    May 29, 2008

    Jackie, sometimes you benefit even if not financially. You definitely seem to have a really good perspective on looking for the good instead of the bad!

  12. Jackie Adshead
    May 30, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Yep, not all benefits are financial. And I always look for the good in everything.

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