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The art of voyeurism

I’ve had an interesting conversation recently with a friend regarding the joys of voyeurism – we agreed that watching someone else doing something erotic is very sexy. And that got me to thinking about how I would portray that in a drawing…….. Its an interesting concept, and since we all like to look at things that are erotic, we ALL do it to an extent……
So I set my model up in a pose that I thought might portray that thought. I liked the shapes that were formed in the composition, I liked the way the light worked within it, and I liked the idea. And it flowed as I drew it so I knew it was working as a concept within the drawing. And as I drew it, I realised that there was one part of the drawing that TOLD the story, and it isn’t the obvious bits. The obvious parts are the way she’s looking at herself in the mirror, the nape of neck, the way the open blouse is just starting to fall off her shoulder, the way her hand is near her nipple, almost about to brush it. But all of those are a woman looking at herself in a mirror, women do it all the time, there’s nothing particularly erotic about that. No……. its the thigh. The fact that when you look at the thigh, you realise she’s sitting on the floor, with her leg agape. And that starts to make you think……………….why is she sitting on the floor, why is her leg wide open………….where is the other leg…………………………………
And then you learn that the drawing is called “Playing to the audience”.
And that makes you think even more……………………………
What audience? You wonder. Is it herself, is she about to play with herself infront of the mirror?
Or is there someone watching her? Who could that be? A man? A Woman? A group of men? Or women? Or a mixed group?

Or……………………..are ……….you………………………. the audience?
Is it………..you………………….she’s doing it for……………………………….?
Mmm……. now that’s got you thinking hasn’t it………………………….!
Don’t you feel like a voyeur now………………………..?
Have I achieved my aim???!!!!! LOL

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
    Jul 4, 2009

    I love when you make me think about a picture! That one definitely brings on many delicious thoughts.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 5, 2009

    Nitebyrd – That's good then, I love it when people love me making them think!!! LOL

    Oh…. and delicious thoughts are always a good thing……….. 🙂

  3. Fitzy
    Jul 7, 2009

    That was certainly another post to make us all think!

    I would agree that getting the chance to see someone doing something erotic is very sexy.

    I think the drawing is really great, although when I first looked at it I thought well what's voyeuristic about that? However great the drawing might be I thought there is no one lurking in the background or something, so how come, what's going on?

    Then of course I actually read what you had written and it all made perfect sense, no one else is needed as we are the ones spying on your models intimate moment. What a great idea and I guess I must be a voyeur then!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 9, 2009

    Fitzy – I think we all are!!!

    And I'm glad I make you think! LOL

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