Looking back – and forward

Well it’s been a funny sort of year – certainly art-wise I’ve not done as much as I’d have liked and yet when I look back I have actually achieved an awful  lot – I’ve continued with the Fantasy Fannies abstracts, painting more of the brightly coloured and highly popular Queyntes and Tarses in acrylics. That in turn led on to the innovative “Living flame” style of painting – translucent colours glazed over each other creating pretty colours to dramatic effect. As well as that I explored  making other abstracts, playing with colour and shape and creating fabulously exciting  paintings like “Interplay”, “Wishful thinking”, “Camouflage” and “Black jacket”.

The “Fantasy Fannies” were also featured very favourably  in Jade magazine which helped to raise their profile as did the radio interview I did at Erotica.
I’ve also done the “S & M” watercolour painting – hiding the initials within the landscape, so only the people in the know know its there – I really enjoy hiding jokes and secret messages within my paintings and the people who commission them love the joke of it too – the ultimate conversation piece on your wall!
I’ve been told that I have a reassuringly friendly and professional way of drawing people that puts them at their ease, so that first time nude sitters feel relaxed and comfortable in my company – and the experience is not at *all* as scary as they expected!!!! That’s good to hear, then!!!! LOL
I’ve sold paintings to USA and Canada, and exhibited at Erotica at Olympia, London, for the second year running and feel more established there as an exhibitor. It’s hard work, but good fun, and I want to do more art fairs next year as I haven’t yet found a gallery that I like the look of to sell my work, and who, equally, likes the look of me. Perhaps I need to go to London to seek my fortune in that direction…………… Dick Whittington ……..and his cat! 🙂
I’m still busy with the local art group that I’m connected with, as well as the Guild of Erotic Artists, and get a lot of help, advice, networking, support and satisfaction from being connected with them. Through them I meet lots of artists and photographers and people generally interested in art and the creative spirit, and that helps in turn to feed mine. Plus, I get some intriging conversations, usually of a very non vanilla subject matter!! 🙂
I’ve met some interesting people – quite a few men have offered themselves to pose for me, including one from San Francisco who occasionally comes to England on business and is very keen to be part of my creative output. And  a few others who I may be able to use at some point but the most important one was at the end of the year when  my new male model came into my life and after chatting to him for a while I felt that we could do some work together, and I’m delighted that the drawings of him I’ve done so far are of a high standard and I hope that it continues in that manner. The fact that he likes the same rock music as me, helps considerably!!! (if he’s been a Westlife fan, I’m not so sure we could have worked together! LOL).
Stuart with his outgoing personality and desire to help was a good friend to me throughout the year, and through him I did the talk to his local writers group which in turn led to me being offered a solo exhibition at the library next summer.
And added to the interesting people, is the publicist who has recently contacted me. He doesn’t live in England but did for a while, and has a lot of contacts. We’ve had a few preliminary conversations and I like what we’ve discussed so far but its very early days yet and may not be exactly what I’m lookiong for. But, if it goes the right way, and its too soon to say yet, I may be painting some very interesting and exciting erotic art next year……………watch this space! 🙂
So, into the new year, and I’ve already got a very interesting commission to do – for a male witch – a “Goddess” painting – seven heads of the same goddess, in whatever style I like, in whatever medium I like. But…….each goddess has to be recognisable. This one has got me thinking, and now Christmas is out of the way I can spend more time concentrating on it, because this is a big one and needs a lot of deep thought and focus. Also, I want to put some “magic” into the painting, somehow. As this isn’t an ordinary painting. It’s a special one, for a special person, for an extra-special reason, and that unique specialness should show within it. So, that makes me think that I may end up painting it twice – firstly as a practice painting to get the creative juices moving, and then as the proper one, the one when I dig into my spirit and pour it into the painting, that’s when the magic appears……….. and that’s what I want to build on next year, making magical paintings for people. The sort that talks to your spirit, your soul, the sort that you want on your walls because its an extension of who you are.
That’s what I paint.

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
    Dec 31, 2009

    Thought you might also like to know you were mentioned in the Erotica write up in the last issue of ETO.xx

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 31, 2009

    Lucy – Oh, WOW, thanks for telling me!!!

  3. Joanna Cake
    Dec 31, 2009

    Well Done You!!!

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year! You know that Ruf and I love your work and I particularly like that pink thong painting. She looks glorious in her naturalness and that's what it's all about x

  4. Spiky Zora Jones
    Dec 31, 2009

    Hi jackie: Yes…you really did so much this year. I love that artwork you have posted here too…lots.

    2010 will be a greater year for you as well. You just keep listening to the muses.

    Happy New Year sweetie.

    Ciao honey.XXX

  5. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 1, 2010

    Joanna – Thankyou! Yes, I love that painting too, she's a real beauty.

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 1, 2010

    Spiky – Thankyou! I'll keep listening to them, and hope you're right!

  7. Anonymous
    Jan 8, 2010

    Camouflage … I love this one

  8. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 8, 2010

    Anonymous – The "Camouflage" painting isn't shown here – it's on my website. The abstract shown here is "Interplay", but I'm glad you like it! 🙂 Thankyou!

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