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Remembering good friends

This is the time of the year when we think of good friends, old and new, and want to wish them a happy time of good cheer……………

And it’s always nice to be remembered by those we hold dear……..

Today I spoke to Stuart who I drew just over a year ago and who became a good friend through the experience of it – he wished me a Happy Christmas and commented on how “perky” I sounded. He knows I’ve had a lot of personal problems recently, and expected me to be down, but I’d had a couple of lovely communications sent to me earlier that I couldn’t be low in spirits……..

The first was a beautiful poem from my new male model, he’d signed it and framed it for me and given it to me for Christmas. Such beautiful words that touch the heart in the way that poems do – the last verse being:

“The power of the artist is to create;
Images for the mind to see.
There is no greater compliment,
The image? That, is me.”

How lovely is that? Gorgeous words and much treasured. I thanked him from the heart and said that the framed poem would be proudly displayed in my studio and is greatly appreciated.

The second communication was a long email from someone who really loved the two new drawings I’ve done of my male model – and was full of praise of the work I’ve done on them – he says –

“……..These drawings show much more than any of your others. There is a warmth and sensitivity that to me represents a genuine friendship, a bond between model and artist. This model is a natural in your company (hard to believe this is his first drawings) and brings out the very best in your work. He trusts you implicitly and you take great pleasure in drawing him. Please do not interpret my next comment as anything other than professional, but the warmth and detail in these drawings, more than the men in your others, suggest that for a woman, this model is sexually very attractive (As a gay man he certainly is!).

……I must agree with one of your bloggers, (Blazing Scarlet) and the description is “stunning”. For me, you have captured the beauty and grace of the male form, yet retained the masculinity and the physical strength of the model…………”

Aw, I’m really touched that he liked them so much! But I know I put a lot of hard work and effort into them, so I’m pleased that that shows in the work itself.

And it seems that my artwork has inspired others to pick up a pencil and try their hand at art – someone who likes my abstracts wants to see what they can do in turn….so the art flows on into others, a wonderful gift!

And added to that I’ve received a very welcome present today from across the seas from someone who has bought art from me in the past, and who I know values greatly the artwork I do, and that makes it all the more special too.

So, thankyou to the people who value my art and the work I do. And who take the time to tell me about it. I always appreciate it.

And thankyou to you for reading my words and the comments you make – some to my face, some by private email, and some here on the blog.

So I’ll take this opportunity to wish a Happy Christmas to you and yours and may the spirit of the season gladden your hearts as you celebrate with those closest to you and think of friends near and far……………….

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
    Dec 24, 2009

    Happy Christmas to you, Jackie! May all your problems disappear with the New Year!

  2. Spiky Zora Jones
    Dec 24, 2009

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

    Enjoy sweetie. xxx

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 28, 2009

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, and a Happy Christmas to you too……..and I hope you're right regarding the problems disappearing!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Dec 28, 2009

    Spiky – Thankyou you, and a Happy Christmas to you and yours too!

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