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Happiness and sorrow

My mind’s full of the Erotica show I’m doing in a couple of weeks but as well as that I’ve had a recent commission to complete. Its nothing to do with Erotica, and isn’t in the slightest bit erotic in any way. But its been very important to do. Because its of a dead person. She died recently, and I was asked by her widower to paint his favourite photo of her. I’ve never met her, and had only a handful of photos to work from to produce the watercolour he wanted. And watercolours are always so difficult, because the slightest error will show, and I’d have to start again with a fresh piece of paper. So I painted the picture and was happy that I’d got a good likeness to the woman in the photos, but they were just split seconds of time when a camera has captured her expression. Did they capture her essence and soul as well? I framed the painting and took it along to the chap who’d commissioned it. It was wrapped up as I arrived, for transportation. I unwrapped it, and stood holding it to show him, and looked at him as I did it. As soon as he saw it, his face crumpled, and he said her name outloud as he burst into tears. I felt sorry for him, and told him so, but I also said it was the best reaction he could have given me. Tears! It meant I’d captured her. And I came away feeling warm within myself. That I have a talent to create artwork that evokes happy emotion like that. I feel that I’ve served my purpose. I’m sure he will spend long quiet and poignant hours looking at that painting, and remembering the happy life they had together. Sad memories, but happy ones too.

So that was a bit of sadness, but also this week I’ve contacted the woman whose fanny is Queynte 10, and told her I’d finished her painting. And was delighted at her response – tears of happiness! Wow! I still find it humbling the reaction my art has on people.

So, now I’ve just got to crack the secret of appealing to the visitors to”Erotica” !!!! LOL

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 (11)

  1. nitebyrd
    Nov 2, 2008

    That’s a beautiful story, Jackie. Yes, that is a reaction that an artist wants, whether it’s tears of joy or sadness or a laugh, you know then that you’ve captured your subject. The painting is really lovely.

  2. Nolens Volens
    Nov 2, 2008

    You jumped from #8 to #10. LOL

  3. Loving Annie
    Nov 2, 2008

    I didn’t know her, but it was a lovely portrait that you did, Jackie. No wonder he is so pleased…

  4. Indigo
    Nov 2, 2008

    Crackin it Jackie? I don’t think you’ll have a problem. As for the dead persons picture, how wonderful that you captured this woman, I can almost fee the emotion for the man… well done you.

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Nov 3, 2008

    Nitebyrd – yes, a positive emotional response is always a bonus for selling artwork, and I love it when it happens.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Nov 3, 2008

    Nolens volens – I’m glad someone is paying attention! Yes, you’re right, it was actually number 8!!!! LOL

  7. Jackie Adshead
    Nov 3, 2008

    Loving Annie – Thankyou.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Nov 3, 2008

    Indigo – Yes, I’m cracking it, thanks! And yes he was very emotional over the painting of her, it was very touching…..

  9. Spiky Zora Jones
    Nov 5, 2008

    sweetie…thaat is a wonderful loving story. It touched me…too.

    It is a wonderful painting babe…i love it.

    take care babe…Ciao.

  10. Trixie
    Nov 5, 2008

    I’m sure you’ll have no problem with the erotica crowd!!

  11. Jackie Adshead
    Nov 6, 2008

    Spiky – Thankyou, I’m glad you like them both…

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