Do all women go through life without changing, without re-inventing themselves, without evolving? I don’t think so. I think we’re all the time changing depending where we are in life – starting as children and learning, the excitement and angst of teenage years, early adulthood, meeting lovers, falling in love and deciding who we want to spend the rest of our lives with, having children, raising children, letting them leave home and then finally becoming the person we want to be, shedding an old life for the excitement of a new one, maybe divorcing the old life and starting afresh. That’s what its all about isn’t it? I know we don’t all live exciting lives, I know that we all have pressures of work, relationships and finances (or lack of them!) but we all change, bit by bit we change. And how do we feel when that happens? Is there a feeling of rebirth, of a new start? Of fresh horizons? I believe so. And that is what I wanted to celebrate and depict in my latest painting, that feeling of rising up from the ashes of a past life with new wings, ready to face the new challenges, full of life and vigour, feeling light as a feather, strong and free. That’s the feeling I’ve painted here in this watercolour, using vibrant reds and golds for the fire below, and light pale colours for the light and air above, depicting the woman as stretching and floating up – her wings giving her new life and new hope. Awaiting the change and relishing it! Happy and free! Reborn! And that is why it’s called “Phoenix” – rising from the ashes to become the new. And I love it! As a woman I love the concept, as a painter I love the image, and as an artist I love the colours!

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
    Aug 5, 2008

    You forgot to mention the hot flushes, night sweats, hormonal replacement therapy in between the re birthing episode! Yeah… I’m on the road to re-birth with the occasional hot flush!! But I’m verging on hells angel..Lol, I’m not vanilla.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 5, 2008

    Indigo – LOL – Ok, yes I forgot to mention that episode of a womans life – but I was trying to focus on the positive!

  3. Indigo
    Aug 5, 2008

    And that’s an excellent place to start!! Lol.. am always positive

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 5, 2008

    Indigo – Good! Me too!!

  5. Spiky Zora Jones
    Aug 5, 2008

    I love your colors, lines and brush strokes. This painting is ll you say it is. I can see it and feel it.

    Ah yes, a rebirth. so like the Phoenix are we women. How many times have I heard…I didn’t recognize you…with your red hair, or black hair…with your short blonde hair. I think of it as the phoenix in me…rising.

    I think you should call it “Phoenix Rising”…she seems to be doing that.

    Wonderful art sweetie…just wonderfful. 😀

  6. Trixie
    Aug 5, 2008

    I’m with you on the colours (and the rebirth!) beautiful!

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 6, 2008

    Spiky – I’m glad you like it, thankyou! Yes she is Phoenix rising, you’re right.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 6, 2008

    Trixie – I’m glad you like it too – thankyou!

  9. Carnalis
    Aug 7, 2008

    i love it too, particularly at this moment in time.

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 8, 2008

    Carnalis – I’m delighted to hear it!

  11. Racy Redhead
    Aug 12, 2008

    Jackie, what can I say – I love the picture, I love the colours, I love the theme …. Fab!!

  12. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 12, 2008

    Racy – Great to hear, thankyou, I’m delighted. I love it all too!

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