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Alchemy

I’ve been searching for a long time for a gallery. One that’s right for me. Because I don’t fit the criteria of most galleries. I’m not a traditional artist and I’m not contemporary either. I love doing erotic art and painting fantasy, but I enjoy painting old buildings, tigers, cats, dancers and horses too. But now I’m in the Guild of Erotic Artists, and it is an outlet for my erotic art, I felt it was time that I found another gallery for the vanilla stuff too. And with that in mind, I’ve spent this last week searching for possible places. Cities are the obvious place to start, and I’ll look further into them in the future, but sometimes the less obvious places can yield interesting results too. And there was one place on the map that seemed to have what I was looking for. So that was where I went over the weekend, to see if my hunch was right. And it seemed it was – a small town just far enough out of London to be in the commuter belt, so there was money there. A town that had an individual feel to it, with unique shops with their own personalities rather than the faceless sprawls that most towns have become with all the same national names plastered up and town the high street. A town that had a nice ambiance to it, so the people were happy. And better still a town with a number of art galleries, which meant that the people not only liked art, but bought it regularly enough to keep the galleries in business. I liked the look of the place and started my search. I had done some browsing on the internet before I went, and there was one particular gallery that had really caught my eye, and that was the one I found towards the end of the day. It was purpose built, bright and fresh, had good artwork at reasonable prices and I liked the guy running it – we had similar forthright personalities and as we chatted both said that the other seemed to be saying all the right things. And even better, he said that the artist set the retail price and he took 50% commission. Other galleries I’ve spoken to have asked what I as the artist want, and then add a whole load on for themselves. So for instance if I wanted £300, they’d sell the painting for £2,000 and to me that’s a lot of a difference! So, to hear this gallery owner say that he wanted 50% was very fair, to me. And he seemed to be good at his job since he’d been in the business over 30 years, and had a lovely light and airy bespoke building for his gallery with the no doubt costly overheads to go with it. So he looked at my website as I looked at his gallery which gave us both time to decide if we wanted to do business with each other. It seemed that we did. He asked what sort of art I did, and I said I was an erotic artist but I wasn’t looking for an outlet for erotic art as I have the Guild of Erotic Artists gallery for that, but intriguingly, he wasn’t at all interested in my landscapes or animal paintings, he was actually looking for an erotic artist as a client of his had suggested only last week that he sell more erotic art! And then a few days later I walked through his door! A good sign for us both! So after he’d looked at my website, and decided exactly what sort of thing he was looking for, he’s asked me to go away and do some fresh artwork on that theme. How exciting! I shall love doing that for him, but it’ll take a while to think of exactly the right subject matter. And if he likes them, maybe that will lead on to bigger paintings based on them. It all looked very promising. Especially as we discussed an up and coming artist whose artwork I like, mostly for the colours he used in a set of paintings I’d seen, and its those colours the gallery owner wants for the artwork he wants from me – again, a good sign! And to add interest for me, this artist regularly sells his artwork for £6,000 to £13,000. A bit more than I sell my artwork for at the moment – although I’m working on it! LOL The gallery owner asked me what I wanted as an artist and I said cheekily to be “Rich and famous!” and he laughed and said that I could be famous and I could make him rich! His cheeky response made me laugh out loud delightedly!

This week my spiritual healer friend referred to me as “The Alchemy Artist” because I was taking some of my old mediocre paintings and painting over them to produce far better paintings – or as she called them “breathing new air over them and re-creating them as masterpieces of mystery and magic” – I love that idea! She tells me that I should believe in myself and my talent and magic can happen. I believe it. And I hope so. I think I’ve had some of that this week. Having said that, for magic to happen I’ve got to work for it. It won’t just appear. I’ve worked hard for how far I’ve got todate. I have to continue working hard for the next batch of magic – but I think it just might be in a little town I visited yesterday…………..

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 (6)

  1. Trixie
    Jul 7, 2008

    Woohoo! That sounds so promising Jackie! I hope it all works out in the end!

  2. Luka
    Jul 8, 2008

    I am quite sure that we make our own luck in life. OK, some comes our way by chance, but in general we have to generate our own opportunities.

    Sounds like you’re doing just that and I am quite sure I’ll be pointing to your work one day and saying “I used to comment on her before she was rich and famous!”

  3. Clay Perry
    Jul 9, 2008

    i would love to see some of your work… what is your web address?

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 11, 2008

    Trixie – Thankyou, I hope so too!

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 11, 2008

    Luka – I believe we make our own luck in life too, and have to look for the opportunities that come our way and decide whether to take them or not.

    And I hope you do indeed get the chance to say just that, Luka! I’m working on it!! 🙂

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 11, 2008

    Clay perry – Thankyou for your interest – my web address is in the link to website on my blog, and its http://www.jackieadshead.co.uk

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