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Balancing act

As an artist you’d think I spent most of my time painting – and yet…….. I don’t. Yes, I do spend a LOT of it painting or drawing but the majority of my time is actually spent doing things that are part of being an artist – updating my website, writing this blog, looking for new work, making sure people know what I do by either advertising, or telling them, or finding good ways of promoting what I do. Or buying new art materials, finding good places to buy frames, talking to gallery owners and asking for feedback re my paintings, going on art workshops or courses to learn new skills and techniques, talking to other artists, finding perspective buyers and chatting to them, answering their questions and queries, finding good places to exhibit locally, and having to steward them, having a social life that revolves around art and artists. So when a friend who dabbles in painting by copying a picture he’s found in a magazine, said airily and rhetorically to me “Painting’s soooooo relaxing isn’t it?” he was amazed at my denial. NO IT BLOODY ISN’T!!!!! Its bloody hard work!!!! Even my holidays are spent looking at the local landscape and wondering if it would make a good backdrop for a painting – my “holiday photos” are always taken with the thought that I could use them for a painting somewhere. If I’ve got time to sit down and read a book, I feel that it ought to be a art reference book. My spare time should be spent going to more galleries and exhibitions than I probably do……..

And yet, I painted a picture this week, and was happy with it, its exactly what I wanted it to be. But that doesn’t just happen. I have to work at it. I have to THINK about it. And that in itself is tiring. At the end of a painting session I’m mentally whacked. I always say that producing a painting is nine tenths thinking about it, and one tenth painting it!

But I’m not moaning – its the way it is. I don’t HAVE to do any of it. I could sit at home and watch telly all day and do fuck all art. BUT I don’t…….. I CHOOSE to do this!

Its been a hard day………………………I’m tired.

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 (4)

  1. Trixie
    Sep 5, 2008

    Tired… but content.

    Your job, is something you love to do.

    How many people can say that?

  2. Spiky Zora Jones
    Sep 5, 2008

    I wondered how you spent your time whilst not painting. hehehe.

    You know I think painting is hard…It’s always learning. It’s always reaching for that painting thaat brings it all together. Something you can say…is from inside of you and to be happpy with it…God, are we truly ever? I mean it’s always practicing your skill and sharpening it…destroying it and rebuilding it every so often.

    I did my best work (according to me)late into the night or early morning…after a cup of coffee. I could come to it later and say…I like it.

    Afternoons were meant for fucking, eating a light lunch and naps. hehehehe.

    Paint something everyday…my teacher would say.

    ciao babes…You rock.
    ps…I think going to more galleries is wise. Sometimes other painters inspire you. You inspireme…I just have to find the time to sketch them. 😀

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 6, 2008

    Trixie – True enough – on all counts!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 6, 2008

    Spiky – Yeh, painting IS hard, and the searching and reaching for perfection never stops, but I love it, even so! You’re right about painting something every day – it keeps the mind honed artistically. And visiting other galleries will always inspire you to greater things…..

    ….. and your afternoons sound like great fun…. 🙂

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