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Why I’m not sunbathing

…….This is just me musing out loud…..

….. every so often I have time to sit back and have a think about what I want, and how I’m going to get it. And if its a small thing I usually know exactly how I’m going to get it, and I go out and do just that. But, if its a big thing, how do you get it? Especially when you’re not exactly sure what “it” is! MMmmmm…..

As an artist you have to decide what sort of artist you are – whether you’re the sort that sits at home and just paints pictures for yourself, copying them from photos in magazines and just putting them under the bed afterwards to collect dust. I’m way past being that sort of artist. Or whether you’re the sort who goes out and learns more about art and painting and improves on your art, learns new techniques, finds local places to exhibit and sells small paintings very periodically for small amounts of money. I’m past being that sort of artist. Or whether you’re the sort to decide you want to get out there (wherever that is!) and push your art more, and get more people interested in you, sell your work for higher prices and make a good living from it. And it’s very difficult for any artist to do – all the artists I know have to subsidise selling their art by either teaching art to bring in a regular income, or having a “day job” that pays the bills and they do their art around it. So, if you’re that sort of artist (and I know that I am) how do you do it? How do you achieve that goal? As far as I can see it’s by promoting your art the best you can. And maybe its by going to an established gallery and getting them to hang your paintings. I’ve tried to a degree with little success. Galleries won’t accept your work if you don’t do the sort of work they’re known for. If you’re a figure painter there’s no point in going to gallery known for landscapes. If you’re a traditional watercolourist, there’s no point in going to a modern art gallery. And also they won’t accept you if you’re not a “known” name. But how do you get to be “known” if they won’t take your paintings? I’ve had problems in the past trying to get into a gallery, as my artwork doesn’t “fit” what they do, as its neither traditional or contemporary. And also, there’s the problem of the amount the galleries want for selling an artist’s work. I’ve heard recently of an artist who isn’t as good as me, selling his artwork in a London gallery and the paintings selling for £2,000 but the artist will only get £300 when the gallery have taken their cut of the sale. And I want a higher cut if I’ve done all the hard work, like painting it! So, galleries can be useful to sell and promote, and I can see the value of them, but if I can do it without them, I’d like to try, even if it is going to be a slower process to get my name known, doing it myself.

I suppose I could just drift along, waiting for things to happen, but that’s not going to achieve much is it? Occasionally someone will contact me out of the blue wanting to buy a painting, and maybe that’ll happen more and more as I get my name more well known. The more I paint, the more paintings will go out into the world, the more people will see them and contact me. So, do I spend my time promoting my work? Or painting? I want to paint. If I was to shut myself away for a year, I might just be able to do all the paintings that I’ve got in my mind, ready to paint. But I need to promote as well.

And maybe the answer is also to get prints made of my work, cos that is where the money is made for an artist, rather than the originals.

And all of this is why I’m not sunbathing. The sun is glorious at the moment, but I’m not in it. Because I have to paint. Or promote. Or look for a gallery. Or find out about prints of my artwork. Plus I’ve got a Christmas card to design. Not that I’m going to be paid for it, but because it’ll be good promotion for me, and maybe, it’ll bring some more work in for me. Maybe……

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
    Jun 9, 2008

    Life’s like that..full of maybe’s. We all want that break, to be some one to be recognised, for being some one different. AND if we work hard enough at what we want to be it WILL happen, come rain come shine, if you beleive in what you want, it will be.

  2. Trixie
    Jun 9, 2008

    Thats the same in any self employed business, to get where you want to be, you need to work hard for it. Sometimes you feel like coasting along. But you wont get where you want to doing that! Hopefully there will be more sunshine days for you to enjoy!

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 10, 2008

    Indigo – I like your positive attitude!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 10, 2008

    Trixie – Yes, it’s part of the joys of being self employed, to get a good result you have to put a lot of hard work in.

    I hope there’s more sunshine days for me too!

  5. Indigo
    Jun 10, 2008

    Hi Jackie~ Spritually I know you want what you strive for, come on girl you’re half way there..

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 10, 2008

    Indigo – Mmmm… yes, you’re right, I am!

  7. nitebyrd
    Jun 10, 2008

    I have no doubt that you will achieve what you want. You have amazing talent, Jackie.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 11, 2008

    Nitebyrd – I hope so, and thank you, I’m glad you think so.

  9. Anonymous
    Jun 11, 2008

    I’d love to pose.

    [email protected]

    01905 841076
    Anette Taylor

  10. Racy Redhead
    Jun 11, 2008

    Jackie, pause for a moment and think how far you have come in such little time. It will happen, because you will make it happen!

  11. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 12, 2008

    Anonymous – Give me some more details Annette and we’ll discuss it further.

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 12, 2008

    Racy redhead – Thanks for making me realise I need to look at the bigger picture every so often. Yes, I have come a long way in a short time, and hope that it continues onwards and upwards.

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