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Analysing me

I’ve been thinking about a conversation I’ve had with a good friend of mine this week (albeit by email, and albeit with many miles and the Atlantic ocean between us!). I’ve been thinking and analysing why I like painting erotic art and its interesting for me to look at it in depth, because a few people have asked me recently WHY I do erotic art. And there are quite a few reasons WHY. Some deep, some less so……

……its certainly an intellectual exercise for me, and I’ve always said that painting a picture is only one tenth of the thought process of producing it. But I also want my audience to think about the painting too, to react to it (hopefully in a positive way) so I try to involve subtle clues in various places, some intended, some created by serendipity and kept, and some are even found when I’ve not even known about them! So then the viewer will get whichever messages they’ve picked up and if its erotic, their mind will start to think erotic thoughts… I understand the thoughts I’ve INTENDED to put in the painting, but sometimes I find thoughts I hadn’t considered are there. Wow! I love it when that happens! Because as my friend so eloquently says there is no more mystery or intrigue for me when I create a painting than there is for the author of a detective novel who knows which character committed the murder long before the last chapter…… and that is indeed true for the intended reactions. BUT this is one of the reasons why I like erotic art – that people will have different reactions to it than they would JUST looking at a pretty landscape or vase of flowers – then the reaction is just “that’s nice!”- BUT for me to depict erotic art, I have to have a good understanding of what people like in a picture, and as an erotic image, what happens within their brain, and then I have to get in there and try to capture all of what they like, and put it down on paper to make them like it even more through shapes, line and colour! Its a sort of psychological visual conversation and communication. I want my images to be more spiritual and intuitive and emotional than “just a vase of flowers” – which I am very capable of painting, but am not inspired by it as a subject matter – there is no emotional commitment or exchange between the viewer and the artist.

So that’s one of the reasons I like painting erotic art – the communication between me and the viewer.

And which is probably why I write a blog about being an erotic artist too!!! 🙂

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 (6)

  1. hornymaleuk
    Dec 17, 2008

    Don’t ever stop painting or blogging!!

  2. Loving Annie
    Dec 18, 2008

    A good painting tells a story – and much of what you have described goes into the passion and talent behind it.

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 18, 2008

    Hornymaleuk – I’ll try, thanks!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 18, 2008

    Loving annie – Yes, I agree about a good painting telling a story and it needing passion and talent to do it!

  5. Nolens Volens
    Dec 18, 2008

    Very insightful. I wanted to be an erotic photographer just because it seemed fun to me. I realized that I just admire the nude body. Still would love to major in photography. 😉

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 18, 2008

    Nolens volens – I’m sure erotic photography is fun, once you’ve worked out the appertures, lighting, f-stops and how to avoid red-eye!!! 🙂

    But seriously, I hope you get the chance if you want to do it so much…. and are obviously interested in the subject!

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