Dancing into the light

Well………..the declogging’s worked so far! πŸ™‚

I had a really nice arty day today attending a local workshop on the subject of dancers and movement in watercolour. A lot of my favourite subjects covered in that one then – people, dancers, watercolour, movement, and it also incorporated “lost and found edges” which is a definite passion of mine. Strange woman, you think to yourself. Why is she passionate about that? Well, I just love the way that the paint hides and finds the edges of the subject matter – particularly with people, and that in turn makes them look like they are IN the picture, not superimposed on top of it, which always looks stilted and awkward to me when I see it in other peoples paintings.

The tutor certainly knew his stuff and was talented, informative, well organised, and got us all working hard on two paintings over the course of the day. You could tell how involved we all were by the complete silence in the room (of about 20 people – mostly women, so incredible really!!! LOL ).

Here are my two paintings, I’m delighted with each of them. They both convey the subject matter beautifully and I really enjoyed doing them. And I really liked it when the tutor who worked his way around the room coming to each pupil in turn to look at how they were progressing got to me and said “You know how to paint!” “Yep!” I smiled back at him…. I do!
And for once, it was me who was surprised when I had a more general chat with the tutor. I’d not met him before, and knew nothing of him. He and I had a good chat over the lunch-break, and I mentioned that I’m an erotic artist and likened dancers to erotic art because of the interaction of the dancers and their movements. He agreed about the sensuality of that. I hadn’t shocked him that much (makes a change!). He paused and conversationally said “There’s a guild you can join, of erotic artists”. “I know” I said “I’m in it!”. “Oh!” he replied “I used to be!” and we compared notes on our experiences of it, the use of networking through it, and a joint connection of one guy in it. Small world? Mmm…… probably not. He did say that he might re-join again, and I said that if he goes to an Event Day I’ll see him there probably…….. that’ll be nice, I’d like that!

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 itÒ€ℒs 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 itÒ€ℒs 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 (10)

  1. Indigo
    Oct 3, 2009

    Well you've certainly found your sparkle again Jackie. Where did you find it because I've lost mine, I've looked high n low and am at a loss! I love these paintings.. so vibrant & full of life. You certainly know your subjects when it comes to 'dancers' but you seem to do pretty well in all your subjects.It's always good to produce a great result, full of satisfaction eh?

  2. Curvaceous Dee
    Oct 4, 2009

    Absolutely gorgeous paintings, Jackie! I always enjoy seeing new artwork by you, erotic or not πŸ™‚

    xx Dee

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 4, 2009

    Indigo – Thankyou, yes I have found my sparkle again! And I'm delighted you think these paintings are vibrant and full of life. So, yes, it it is great to produce a great result, and I AM full of satisfaction!!! YAY!!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 4, 2009

    Curvaceous Dee – Aw, thankyou!

  5. Joanna Cake
    Oct 4, 2009

    We all know that YOU know how to paint! x

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 5, 2009

    Joanna – Thankyou! πŸ™‚

  7. Spiky Zora Jones
    Oct 6, 2009

    jackie: hi bella. Oh my I love this artwork of yours. it brings a smile to my face and…I want to dance too.

    thanks for sharing it sweeets.


  8. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 6, 2009

    Spiky – Aw, that's really good to hear, that it makes you want to dance too! That's a really lovely accolade as you're a dancer so I've obviously captured something in my paintings that you can relate to….

  9. nitebyrd
    Oct 6, 2009

    Jackie, those paintings are just fantastic. You have an incredible talent for watercolor.

  10. Jackie Adshead
    Oct 6, 2009

    Nitebyrd – Aw, thankyou…

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