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Its all in the mind

Since Fitzy and I discussed the “living flame” style of picture I’m going to paint of him I’ve been itching to get started on it, and thought it would be easy enough since I’ve already done one, and done it only a few months ago, so the technique of it is still fresh in my head. I know I have to keep the colours fresh and alive and keep it all subtle. Easy enough, I would have thought, although there is always a lot to think about to produce a picture no matter what is involved in it. And this is the working painting, as the finished piece is going on a larger canvas, so I’m painting the working painting on board to make sure I’m happy with it, and then will transfer the finished piece onto the larger canvas. It means painting the picture twice, but I want to put the “thinking” into the first painting and the “doing” into the second, which means the finished piece will be better and not look overworked. It’ll keep it fresh and alive.

So, to start work, I’ve drawn it out, and am happy that I’ve got a good likeness, so all I have to do now is colour it in. Ok. Easy enough you would think………….. and yet it isn’t! I need to think where the light is coming from, I need to look at the tone, and I need to portray the form within the painting. And I’ve got the original “Living flame” image to look at to replicate the effect in Fitzys painting. Right, music on, and start…………………………….

…………………………. and I worked on it all day……… but, for some reason, it didn’t flow…………….. that lovely time when the whole aspect of painting it F…L…O….O…..O….W……W……..S. It just didn’t happen. It might be due to the fact that it rained all day and the world looked grey and wet and miserable, maybe the ions weren’t right in the air, maybe it was the fact that I had a few interruptions and couldn’t fully concentrate on it, maybe I wasn’t happy with the music I was playing, maybe I was out of kilter with my energies, or maybe I just needed to start with a working painting for the working painting! LOL

This has happened to me before, though. Not often, but enough for me to know how to deal with it.

I don’t get uptight, depressed or annoyed over it. There’s no point. I don’t think that I’ve wasted all that time and not got a good picture at the end of it. I know it for what it is. It is the thought process at work. And I did the best I could with those thoughts and made a painting. Its an “ok” painting. But…………. I know I CAN do better. A lot better. I can change the colours slightly, tighten up the tones and form, and move the colours to create better effect. So I’ll do it again. And the next one will be better, because I’ve already had the initial thoughts for the painting, and the next time these will be extra thoughts, and they will be more positive, upbeat and forthright, and they will be more dynamic. And the choice of music will lift me, and then the painting …………………… should………….. Flooooooooooooooooooowwwww……………………

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. Fitzy
    Apr 11, 2009

    I always knew I would be trouble! lol

    It must be the problem of trying to make a nude shapeless pasty bloke look good in a painting!!! lol lol lol

    Sorry to hear the weather has been wet meaning you have been stuck indoors with no escape from my painting, perhaps you should have started on the cider or wine mentioned in your previous blog entry! lol So are you a red or white wine drinker? It certainly seems you deserve a glass or two of something and some chocolate, well it is Easter!

    There was me thinking (and possibly you as well) that this one was going to be the easier of the two paintings, so good luck with the other one!!!

    Well at least you don’t get uptight over it, so that is good. I am not sure I could manage that, but I guess that is what makes you creative and me, well I am not sure what it makes me to be honest! lol

    Fingers crossed for better weather and a little more F….L….O….O….O….O….O….W….W….W when next you sit down.

    Oh, and I am sure the painting is more than just ok!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 13, 2009

    Fitzy – Its not trouble, as such, its just trying to get the best painting for you.

    I drink red, white and rose wine, depending on the weather and what mood and company I’m in!

    You’re right, I did expect this to be the easier of the two paintings, but maybe the other one will turn out to be easier after all! No, I don’t get uptight over it, I have enough knowledge about what I have to do to get the effect I want, and am sure the next one will turn out a lot better so that the finished canvas will be fine.

  3. mutleythedog
    Apr 13, 2009

    Can I join the Guild of Erotic Artists? I bet the meetings are a hoot!

  4. Indigo
    Apr 13, 2009

    Hi Jackie~ I drink full bodied red wine, and if I’m in the mood for whatever…. I love thumping good rock music…… I haven’t blogged lately as I’ve been on a short holiday, but I will drink some wine and get my hand workin again…!!!!!! In more ways than one!!

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 14, 2009

    Mutley – Yes they are and you can! If you’re serious you can join through the link to the Erotic Guild on my website.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 14, 2009

    Indigo – Ok, I look forward to seeing what your hand comes up with…….!! 🙂

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