Hope springs eternal

I could have spent the weekend drawing, or painting or doing something productive. Well, actually, I thought I was doing something productive since I was helping to steward a local art exhibition that I was exhibiting at. And it rained… No, to be more precise, it pissed it down. So for the two and a half hours I was there, the grand total of TEN people, (yes ten!) walked through the door to view the paintings. The whole total of visitors was only 239 over two weekends. So I the exhibition didn’t do too well. And didn’t sell many paintings. And I didn’t sell any at all. Sigh.

But I know its the way it is with art exhibitions, and someone, may have just walked through the door and gone wow over my art, and bought something. They may just have done. And that was why I was there…..

I live in hope.

I have to.

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. Luka
    Aug 12, 2008

    Oh dear – I feel for you, having dealt with many a weather-doomed event myself!

    This is the problem with any sort of event held during the great British summertime, isn’t it?

  2. nitebyrd
    Aug 12, 2008

    NEVER, EVER give up hope! You are a fantastic artist. Bloody rain!

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 13, 2008

    Luka – Yes you’re right, the weather makes such a vast difference to summer events, too hot and people don’t bother to come out as they’d rather stay at home and barbeque, too wet and they can’t be bothered to come out and they’d rather stay in and watch the telly! I prefer a sunny but slightly cool day with maybe a few clouds, so it’s not hot enough to sunbathe, and then they might just be interested in coming to an art exhibition!!!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 13, 2008

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, I don’t intend giving up hope, even with the bloody English weather!!!

  5. Spiky Zora Jones
    Aug 13, 2008

    Oh sweetie, the rain keeps people oin doors. They don’t go out much especially if it’s a biblical rain. hehehe.

    Hope is good. I think you to be a very talented artist. Youwill do wonderfully…you just keep doing what you do. I adore your passion for your art.

    Ciao babes.

  6. Trixie
    Aug 13, 2008

    Unfortunately we all have to go through these exhibitions and sometimes nothing comes of it, but then other times, they do! Keep on plugging!

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 14, 2008

    Spiky – Yeh, it was definately biblical rain! LOL

    Thankyou, I intend carrying on doing what I’m doing…….and I’ll see where it takes me…

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 14, 2008

    Trixie – Yeh, and that’s why I stick with them for the “just…..maybe” factor!

  9. Indigo
    Aug 14, 2008

    Shit happens! as for the weather plus the recession, hey ho life is. Beleive in what you do n never give up, their loss not yours, the people that didn’t want to come out into the glorious British rain lost out didn’t they? They missed the lovely art, they didn’t get to see loads of English talent… as I said.. their loss!!

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 15, 2008

    Indigo – Yeh, it might be their loss, but they don’t know it because they weren’t there – I need to get them there so that they KNOW – its all down to promotion. I can believe in myself as much as I want, but if the people aren’t there, they’re not going to buy anything are they?

  11. Indigo
    Aug 15, 2008

    Yeah ,I get ya point, but I was just giving you my opinion..!

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 15, 2008

    Indigo – Yes, and I value your opinion, thankyou!

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