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Scaring teacher

It’s been a while since I went to an art workshop, but, I think, important to do because it opens my mind to new painting techniques, and painting alongside other artists is always good both for the soul, and for learning. Today was a watercolour class, which is a medium I enjoy very much, although I haven’t done much in watercolours recently because I’ve been doing the Fantasy Fannies in acrylic (and although I use them as watercolours, they still react in a different way to watercolours themselves). So, good for me to use watercolours. The subject matter was not one I’ve done for a very long time though. It was ….. wait for it…………… flowers! Pretty flowers – hellebores, to be exact. Mmm…… flowers, not very erotic is it, a bit vanilla. But that’s ok. I can do vanilla. In short bursts. I can cope………


……The tutor was very proficient, and taught us in stages, we first drew out the picture in pencil, then masked out the flowers with masking fluid to protect the white of the petals, then put a wet wash of colour over the background letting the colours merge into each other on the paper. After that had dried we painted the “negative” shapes of the background against the leaves, which made the background colours shine through. I love “lost and found” shapes so my leaves weren’t fully formed which gave the image more interest as the brain can fill out the details. Then we painted the darks in between the leaves and petals to give the image more depth, and make the petals stand out more. Then it was time to remove the masking fluid and paint the shadows on the petals themselves and pick out the yellow of the stamens and picking out any other fine details, like the veins on the leaves and leaf litter below the flowers in their woodland setting.

The tutor wanted the whole class (of 18) to put out their paintings at the end of the days session, leaning them against the wall, so that we could all see what the others had done. She had not met any of us before so she didn’t know our names or standard of worksmanship, but she was pleased at the general result of the group. She went along the paintings as they leant along the wall, giving a few words of encouragement for each painting. Most weren’t finished. The point of workshops is not to expect to take a good finished painting home with you, but to have learnt the techniques being practiced during the day, and to be able to use them in other paintings in the future. So the tutor went along each painting, giving constructive criticism, until she came to mine. She picked it up, and commented on the background washes saying that it had “character” which pleased me immensely. She liked my painting, and made a few comments about it, she liked the “calligraphy” of the artwork, and said that the artist obviously knew how to paint flowers and had probably done the subject matter before, as she was just putting it down to move on to the next painting. There was a general titter in the room that stopped her in her tracks, as I said “Er, can I just say, I DON’T paint flowers, I’m an Erotic Artist, and if I had had time, I would have hidden a naked woman somewhere in the painting!” and she smiled and said quietly (and maybe a little condescendingly?) “Yeh, but not really you wouldn’t” to which I emphatically nodded and said “Yes, REALLLLY!” which stopped her in her tracks as she did a marvellous double-take and said with great regret “But, WHY haven’t you done it today, I WANT to see it!” so I said that when I have chance to finish it, I’ll email her a copy of it so she can see MY version of todays painting. It might not be for a few weeks as I’m working on a commission at the moment, and that will take priority, but I’ll do it, and send her the image.

I can just imagine she’s gone home tonight and her husband has asked her if she’s had a good day, and she’ll say “I had this scary woman in my class today, and you wouldn’t BELIEVE what she’s going to do with my hellebores!”

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. Indigo
    Jan 18, 2009

    I’d have loved to have been a fly on the wall when you told her that!! I know you don’t normally do flowers… but I have to admitt it’s a ‘pretty’ painting.. can’t wait to see your version Jackie Lol

  2. Loving Annie
    Jan 18, 2009

    Good Saturday evening to you, Jackie.

    snicker. I think you’ll do a fabulous job with her flowers — and she just may change her mind !

    TEACHERS NEED TO LEARN JUST AS MUCH AS THEY NEED TO TEACH.

    p.s. I’m not posting on ‘Adventures of Loving Annie’ anymore, Jackie, and I saw you still had that up as my link.

    Please when you have time, would you update it to my new blog ?

    ‘Loving Annie’s Travel Treasures’

    http;//www.truetraveltreasures.blogspot.com

    Thanks 🙂

  3. NAVAL LANGA
    Jan 18, 2009

    To Ms. Jackie Adshead

    I am a freelance writer, a short story writer. But the painting, oil on canvass, was my madness in the nineties. I had done my two solo exhibitions in my city, Ahmedabad, India.

    I would love to visit your blog frequently.

    Naval Langa
    SHORT STORIES by NAVAL LANGA
    PAINTINGS GALLERIES

    Another Interesting Blog LIFESTYLE AND RELATIONSHIP

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 19, 2009

    Indigo – Yes, I can do pretty flowers as well as the erotic stuff – and I’ll show you my variation on it when I get to do it….

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 19, 2009

    Loving Annie – Thankyou, and I hope she does! And yes you’re right about teachers needing to learn. We all do.

    I haven’t had time or the chance to go arouund other blogs much, so now I know I’ll change it to your travel blog.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 19, 2009

    Naval Langa – I hope you do visit my blog frequently.

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