Blogging in the Tudor style

Well, well, well, this is my 200th blog post!!! YAY!!!!!!! But not quite my second anniversary of blogging……

Since I’ve been “fannyingalot recently 🙂 it struck me the other day that I’ve not shown you a watercolour painting I did towards the end of last year for someone who wanted it as a surprise for her husband at Christmas. I didn’t want to feature it on my website or blog until the guy had received it as a gift, incase someone told him about it and spoilt the surprise. The house is called Tudor Lodge (for obvious reasons!) and is in the village of Repton in Derbyshire. And was a real challenge to draw because of all the architectural lines in it that all had to go in the right direction! But although old buildings might “look” like they have straight lines in them, there are tiny imperfections in the line where the old wood has settled and warped slightly that gives the gentle sag to the roof line, and the timbers on the house itself. Of course part of making a house like this look interesting is not to make every black timber deep black, but to give a bit of colour change within the darks to make it more pleasing to the eye. I loved painting the tiled roof, putting slightly different colours within the blue wash to give the impression of lichens and aged tiles. The old red brick wall infront of the house has lovely faded reds and ochres in it to show the aged variations within the wall. Infact, it was a joy to paint this picture because of all the lovely textures within it – stone, tile, brick, timber, glass, paint, wood, foliage, tarmac, and sky! Its always worth looking at windows when you see a house painted – to see how the artist has depicted it – a window is like a living thing – the glass in it isn’t a solid dark, its a light and airy sheet of translucency that picks up whats infront of it as much as whats behind it, in some places.
So, all in all, I loved painting this challenging picture. Today as I look out of my window its a total contrast to this painting of late summer, as the landscape is now thick with snow, very picturesque in a Christmassy cardy sort of way. Its not often we get snow like this here, so I’m interested in looking at the way the snow forms and lies against roof lines and plant forms……. its always difficult to paint snow scenes, to capture the light against the white…… snow rarely is pure white, its lots of subtle colours…………….

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. nitebyrd
    Feb 2, 2009

    I always wanted to live in an English Tudor style house. It’s my favorte style. Beautiful painting, Jackie. I’ll bet he was beyond happy with it.

    Congratulations!!! on your 200th post! I look forward to many, many more.

    I think people with art backgrounds definitely see more colors in everything!

  2. Trixie
    Feb 2, 2009

    Looks great! Almost like a photo!

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 3, 2009

    Nitebyrd – Its my favourite style too, so I loved doing it. I hope he was happy with it, his wife was when she saw it.

    Thankyou re the 200th post, and I hope to do many more yet!

    I think that’s right – I was looking at the snow this morning and there are so many tiny nuances of colour in it, and hardly any of it pure white.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Feb 3, 2009

    Trixie – I take that as a compliment, although the painterly techniques should *add* to the photograph type effect and not replicate it for me to enjoy a painting.

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