Building an erotic landscape

Whilst I’m starting one painting I am usually semi-consciously thinking of the next one. You may think that’s a bit silly to be half thinking of one painting when I should be fully concentrating on the current one. But there is a reason for it. I find that when I haven’t got a painting in the planning stage that its far harder to get going on the idea from scratch. Its actually a lot easier for me to have the idea half formed whilst I’m working on another, and then I can flow from one to the other far easier, almost seamlessly.

And that is the case at the moment, as I work on the living flame erotic couple (which is looking really good, so far). Because I plan the next painting to be an erotic landscape, possibly one featuring trees in a woodland setting, and maybe with water.

So, when I attended an art workshop today, on the subject of “landscape in pastel”, I wondered what subject matter to take a long as my source material, and decided that the basic “landscape” for the “erotic landscape” would be ideal. Hmmmm…….. I looked through piles of my photos looking for something to inspire me, and came across the ones I took in the Lake District last year. Ideal! Well, actually, not totally ideal (can you get “not totally ideal” ? No, I don’t think so, but you know what I mean!). Anyway, the subject is ideal. Its the weather that wasn’t. It was a dull day. Because it rains a lot in the Lake District (an awful lot in the Lake District!) and the day I was there it was overcast with the threat of rain. And that doesn’t make for good photos. But, if you’re only there in that place for an hour in your whole life, you’ve got to make the most of it, and take the photo, even if the lighting is all wrong. And that’s what I did………………

And that’s what I worked from today for my pastel. The picture I did was ok, not excellent, but ok, but then that’s good for a workshop. I enjoyed doing it, I enjoyed the day, I enjoyed being with my artist friends. A couple of them asked me during the day if I was going to hide an erotic woman or couple within the painting, and I smiled. And at the end of the session, when the tutor took his final look at it, I casually said the sentence that usually has a “shock effect” on all the other tutors I’ve said it to………….. the one that is “I’m an Erotic Artist and I’m planning on hiding an erotic couple within the painting…………” And then I wait. For the stunned expression, the look of shock and horror. And this time, it was me who was surprised. Because the tutor nodded in total understanding, and started pointing at various parts of the painting saying “Yes, you could put one here, or here, there, or over there…………..”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still, it was nice to have that response, even if it was an unexpected one!!!!! 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 (9)

  1. Indigo
    Sep 12, 2009

    I totally agree with your theory that you have the idea for your next painting as you're still painting the one before. I have an iead for my next poem or story before I've finished the one I'm writing… It's totally logical. So I like the photo you took in the Lake district, it has a certain beauty about it, I did however look closely for a naked woman, but not even a toe peeked out from the under growth Lol..

  2. Fitzy
    Sep 13, 2009

    I think I can understand why you would be thinking of the next painting whilst still working on the current one. As I am sure the knowledge of knowing you have something else to work on next must keep you motivated and your mind alert and active.

    I do like the photo, but I guess you are right nothing can ever really be perfect can it. But there is of course no harm in trying!

    Pleased you like the pastel you did during the art workshop.

    So then, you like to shock your poor unsuspecting art tutors then! lol Well it seems word is out now!!! lol I hope you liked his ideas of where you could put them?

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 14, 2009

    Indigo – Yes, it seems to help the creative flow, doesn't it.

    Glad you like the Lake District photo…….maybe you didn't look close enough….. 🙂

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 14, 2009

    Fitzy – Yes, it does keep my mind alert and active.

    Well, it does give me a little amusement to shock my tutors, yes!!! LOL And his ideas were interesting, and along the same ideas as I'd thought of.

  5. Spiky Zora Jones
    Sep 14, 2009

    working on several art pieces is actually quite common with artist.

    sometimes while on one…the muses choose to toss you an inspiration…maybe it's your own work thsi is adding the fuel to a future piece of art.

    unexpected surprises are always the best…especially if they are wonderful happy surprises.

    fab post sweets.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 15, 2009

    Spiky – I try to keep it to working on one whilst thinking of another else it starts to get very complicated and I'm not putting my full energies into the one I'm currently working on! 🙂

    Yes, that's true regarding nice surprises….

  7. Indigo
    Sep 15, 2009

    I LURVE nice surprises, things that are never actually planned! Out of the blue so to speek..!

  8. Fitzy
    Sep 17, 2009

    Well I guess it is always fun to be a little shocking at times!

    But it seems his ideas where the same as yours, so you will have to try harder next time!

  9. Jackie Adshead
    Sep 17, 2009

    Fitzy – OK! 🙂

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