Weary but upbeat

Well it was hard work, but it was worth it. Worth spending  eight weeks working and planning for it, worth spending five hours setting it up, worth chasing up the need for lighting (that I had been promised in the first place!) worth standing on my feet for 10 hour days trying to sell, worth my knees, ankles and feet burning with aching, worth the mental and physical tiredness.

It was worth it for the reaction I got for my “Fantasy fannies” banner, and the fannies paintings themselves. And for the tarses paintings. It was worth it for the conversations I had. It was worth it for the commissions I will get from it. It was worth it for the connections I’ve made. It was worth it for the promotion I’ve had. For the radio interview I was asked to do. For the praise I got. For the work I’ll get out of it. And the sales I made.

It was worth it for the friends I saw there, particularly the ones who had travelled to see me. I’ve not seen the Erotic writer Lucy Felthouse since the last Erotica and it was really good to catch up with her.

It was worth it to see the outfits of some of the visitors – women in sexy oufits and tight corsets, men with boobs, women with cocks, the human dalmation, the leather, rubber and fetish gear.
It was worth it for seeing old friends made last year, and new ones made this.
It was worth it to see the other artwork, and meet up with the other artists. To see my various friends from the Guild of Erotic Artists.
It was worth it for the conversation I had with the guy who was only there because it was too wet to play golf that afternoon, he had never been to Erotica before and would never go again, and wondered how a “nice girl like you” got into erotic art. So I explained, with a smile, that I’m quite happy to paint dog portraits, landscapes and houses if he wants to commission me. But I get far more feedback from doing erotic art!
And it was worth it for the convesation I had with an attractive couple of my acquaintance who had been invited to a dinner party and were taking a bag full of goodies they’d bought at Erotica, along with them. The bag, on closer inspection contained three pink vibrators and other smaller vibrating devices. It also came with an invite to join them which I had to decline with regret as I was too tired to be sparkling company. But I am intrigued as to how their interesting meal went, and how well the vibrators went down……………so to speak………………….. 🙂

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. Lucy Felthouse
    Nov 26, 2009

    It was definitely worth it. Your stand looked fab and it was lovely to see you. I'm glad it went well and hope it helps to make you even more famous! Let me know if you manage to get coverage of the radio interview!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Nov 27, 2009

    Lucy – thankyou. It was really great to see you again, we should do it more often! I'd like to think it does make me more famous, I can put my prices up then!!! LOL

    And yes, I'll let you know if I can find coverage of the radio interview……

  3. BlazngScarlet
    Dec 2, 2009

    It sounds like a VERY successful showing!
    Good for you Jackie! 😀

    Oh, and I too am intrigued as to the outcome of the dinner and party favors.

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 2, 2009

    Blazng Scarlet – thankyou yes it was.

    I'm hoping to see the diners soon and it will be the first thing I ask them, you can be sure of that! 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    Dec 2, 2009

    So what are you going to do now your model has gone?

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 2, 2009

    Anonymous – Which model, gone where?

  7. Anonymous
    Dec 3, 2009

    I heard she's left you.

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 3, 2009

    Anonymous – I don't know where you heard that from, its news to me!

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