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Playing with abstraction

These abstracts are paintings I did at the end of last year but I thought you’d like to see them, since I’m in the process of putting them on my website. They are all an exploration onto shape and colour and all have something interesting going on within the painting I think.

The first one is called “Distraught” and is a study in the primary colours – blue, red and yellow as they show a prone woman, her head buried in her arms, as she hides her face and her body merges into the shadows around her which then become part of the pure whiteness surrounding her. There is hope for her though, as the colour in her skin depicts life and vibrancy in yellow and orange, and the underlying red of passion.


The second one is called “Camouflage” and is an interesting interplay of elongated shapes as the long female form merges into the background. Although the tones are all of the same mid-tone, the female form is still distinct against the background, and the rounded lines add to her shape rather than detracting from it. Strong colour makes this a visual feast.


The third one is called “Black jacket” and is an abstract showing a woman naked except for a black jacket, the bright colours of her body making a jig-saw of colour and tone, creating interest for the eye as it picks out the body shape against the background shapes.



The fourth one is called “Interplay” and is an abstract of a naked woman sitting upright, the tones depicted by bright colour and strongly defined shape. The white spots of paint showing the line of light along the body.

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 (8)

  1. Indigo
    Apr 21, 2009

    Camouflage… I just fell in love with this one Jackie. The rest are nice but this one really took my eye. It’s full of heat and passion, maybe she’s just made love and she’s exhausted? Or is she playing hide n seek? Think the first is more likely!..You’re so clever girl..:-)

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 21, 2009

    Indigo – Thankyou! Glad you like it! MMm… I like the idea of her making passionate love and being exhausted afterwards…

  3. Spiky Zora Jones
    Apr 21, 2009

    jackie: I agree with indigo. I love camouflage but I love black jacket too, it’s awesome. Both stole my heart. How beautiful and awesome…though all four are fabulous and each stand well on their own. fabulous art…fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing jackie. You rock honey.
    Ciao babe.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 22, 2009

    Spiky – Aw, that’s wonderful to hear, thankyou!!

  5. Fitzy
    Apr 26, 2009

    Four great paintings Jackie, but for me I like “Distraught and “Camouflage” best, as whilst the subjects merge into the background in all of them, I like the way it works in the first two best.

    Although they are of course all amazing.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 26, 2009

    Fitzy – Thankyou, I’m glad you like them.

  7. nitebyrd
    Apr 28, 2009

    Those are awesome, Jackie. I really love the last one.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Apr 28, 2009

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou!

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