Keep going

Well Fitzy’s Living Flame painting is coming on nicely. I’m really pleased with the figure, and think I’ve added some more excitement to the painting than was in the original working painting that I did a few weeks ago. All to the good! But I also have to consider the “flame” part of the painting, as it is very much part of the image. Instead of painting the figure THEN painting the background, I’ve painted the two together, building them up slowly, so that the figure is IN the background of the painting and not sitting on top of it, which it sometimes looks like in other peoples paintings.

Earlier on this week I decided that I was close to finishing it. I just needed to do a few more little bits to the flame aspect and it would be done. After spending quite a few hours on it, I thought that when I looked at it fresh the next day, I would think it was finished…………… But I didn’t. I felt there was more I could add to it, so I kept on painting, only little bits of it here and there, tiny subtleties that slowly built up the background. Great. I must be finished now then. The next day I looked quizzically at it and decided that it needed more depth of colour in parts, more flames reaching up in other parts, and spent a long time standing back and looking at it to make sure. Because that’s so important to do. The painting might be created horizontally or slightly raised up at an angle, in this case, but its going to be viewed vertically, so periodically I’ll raise the particular painting I’m working on just to check, and usually find that there are a few areas that need extra attention due to doing that. And I always say that however much time I put into painting a picture, its only a tenth of the thinking that goes into it. So, its good to stand back and assess a painting and just “think” about it whilst I’m looking…… making decisions like “Am I happy with the way that the focal point is showing, should there be a stronger contrast in that area, is that area too dominant and needs toning down a bit, do I need to put more highlights in there, or darks against it, which bits are shouting at me that they’re wrong? Which am I happy with? Where can I change something to enhance the painting…….?” And so it goes on until I look at the painting and think “If I did any more, I’d spoil it, there is nothing left that is needing to be changed” and that’s when I say “Its done!”. But………………. with this style of acrylic glazing painting, you can go on and on and on, and not spoil it, but add more depth to it here and there. When I first thought at the end of the week that it was done, it was, in a way. But the next day I thought I could enhance it a bit more. The same the next day. None of it has done anything but add more depth to the painting, which I think gives it more personality.

So, yesterday I looked at it after spending a few hours on it, and thought “It really is done now”.

But there is something else I need to consider. Something that normally doesn’t come into this decision making.

It has a sibling. The Tarse.

And The Tarse is brighter than the “Living flame” painting. It is more vibrant. More colourful. Stronger. More potent.

Next to it, the Living Flame painting looks pale, washed out, weak and ineffectual. On its own, it doesn’t.

And they are going to hang together on the wall. So I have to consider that they have to look good together too, to enhance each other as siblings.

So, it looks like I’ve got to paint some more after all. I want to get it right. I want them to look right together. I can’t dim the Tarse -its finished – and its right that it is bright and beautiful with strong vibrant colour. So, the Living Flame picture will have to be darkened and brightened in places. But not all over, just enough to give it depth and credence. But without losing any of the glazed colours that are showing through the white of the canvas and giving the flame effect.

So, it looks like I’ve got to keep going for a while longer then………………………….. 🙂

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
    Jun 21, 2009

    What did I tell you in a recent email? That's right, I knew I would be a pain and it seems I was right! lol

    I do hope that you will soon be happy enough to call it finished, as I am sure you will be very pleased to see that back of it!

    I am also sure that it no doubt looks amazing already!

  2. nitebyrd
    Jun 21, 2009

    You're definitely a perfectionist. I know your subjects appreciate your own critical eye. I'll bet Fitzy liked that his bits were described as "potent"!

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 22, 2009

    Fitzy – No, you're not being a pain at all. This is all part of getting it right for you. I want you to be happy when you see both paintings. But first, I have to be happy that I am showing you my best effort for the artwork you have asked for. Only then will I show you the painting. Yes, I'm critical, but then its the little things that make a good painting and errors in it will just shout out at you every time you view it.

    I think I shall soon get to the point of saying that I'm happy it is finished. As for seeing the back of it, that is not the case! I'm enjoying very much seeing it but I know eventually the paintings will go to you and I shall be happy to know they are being admired (hopefully!) in the place they belong.

    I think that it looks good already, yes, so I hope the last few bits of painting will make it more so!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 22, 2009

    Nitebyrd – Yes, I am, I want it to be right, and its very easy to get it wrong! Thankyou for saying that my subjects appreciate my critical eye.

    As for Fitzys bits being described as potent, wouldn't any man!!! 🙂

  5. Fitzy
    Jun 23, 2009

    "Potent" I must have missed that bit! lol

    Sadly nitebyrd that only relates to the painting and bears no relation to me or my bits!

    Jackie, I am pleased to hear that you are still enjoying working on my paintings and thank you once more for your hard work.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 24, 2009

    Fitzy – How could you have missed that!!!! LOL

    Yes, I am enjoying working on the paintings, and thankyou for your appreciation of all the hard work I've put into them.

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