French fancy

Before I show you all of my many faceted fannies I’ll just tell you about my holiday! I’ve just had a much well deserved week in the South of France and I just fell totally in love with the beautiful colours there. Such purity! Such lovely bright pastel shades. And the Cote d’Azure is so well named (well, perhaps they put some thought to it before they named it!) – the sea really IS azure. And clear. And so very appealing in its beautiful depths – you just want to dive in and luxuriate in it. And the buildings are gorgeous shades of yellow and orange, apricot, peach and cream, with shutters of blue or green. An artists paradise! I’ve taken loads of photos and can see loads of paintings coming from them. Big wow factor.

And today, before I’ve had chance to properly get my breath back, I’ve attended an art workshop and the title of it was “Mediterranean light”- how apt is that! The tutor did a beautiful pastel of Monte Carlo – and I was able to tell him with a grin that I was actually THERE on Tuesday!!!! Yay! So I could totally relate to the colours he was using and the viewpoint he was working from. I chose to do a panoramic viewpoint taken from a tiny hilltop village called Eze, just along the coast from Monte Carlo – and when he saw my photo he said that he’d stood in EXACTLY the same place to do the same painting! He reckoned there was loads of paint splattered around that viewpoint from all the artists that had stood in the very same spot! So I’m in illustrious company!! The painting has the bay of Nice in the far distance, the next cove is of Ville Franche, and the headland jutting into the ocean is Cap Ferrat. I’m pleased with the painting – its a good rendition of a beautiful view overlooking a beautiful part of the world. Very very beautiful………..

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 (7)

  1. Indigo
    Sep 21, 2008

    “Beautiful…” can almost smell the sea, feel the breeze on my skin.

  2. Carnalis
    Sep 21, 2008

    a gorgeous painting – i fancy diving into clear water right now.

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 22, 2008

    Indigo – Thankyou……

  4. Spiky Zora Jones
    Sep 22, 2008

    UI missed yousweetie.As if you don’t know what i will say…hehehe I love the painting.
    I do love the colors or more how you used them. Is it like being in St Thomas and St Martin?

    Ciao babe.

  5. Trixie
    Sep 23, 2008

    VERY nice!! I know what you mean about the colour of the water. It was the same where we were in Spain, the colour of the water against the ‘desert mountains’ was so vast! I wish I knew how to paint like you do!

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 23, 2008

    Spiky – Aw, that’s nice that you missed me, thankyou…..

    Glad you love the painting, and the colours. I can’t answer your question, though, about St Thomas and St Martin – its not an area I know.

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 23, 2008

    Trixie – Well if you want me to paint a picture for you, from your holiday photos I’ll do it with pleasure for you. It’d be a nice momento of your holiday.

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