Eternal beauty

Now I’ve done as much background research as I think is possible for each of the seven Goddesses, I feel that I’m ready to picture what they look like for my painting. For me, they are all beautiful, in the traditional sense of the word. But, how does EACH one look? I have hazy shapes and faces floating around within my consciousness, they will grow more distinct as I get into her psyche, and she gets into mine. Eyes will search out mine, a sensual mouth, the line of a jaw, the hairline, will all fall into place, bit by bit, for each Goddess, of that I am sure……………..

But, to help me focus more on the specifics, I’ve returned to a favourite way of mine of crystalising a fantasy face. I’ve gone back into my old archives of images, most cut from magazines over many years, some going back decades. A face that’s caught my eye, an expression, a look, a concept- they’ve all been collected and saved. They are all there because at the time of my finding them, it set an idea in my head, of something that might be of use at some time in the future. Well, it looks like the future may be now. I rifle through the collection, discarding many, but finding a few of use for my purposes. Some of the worlds most beautiful women, some a nameless model then and still, others now  more famous than they were then, some less famous then than they are now, some still living, some dead. But, they are all beautiful. Very beautiful. and they will inspire me. I may not use all of the face as in the picture, I may widen the mouth, or change the hair, use the eyes from one, and the nose from another. But, they will become my beautiful Goddesses………….bit by bit………

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. Joanna Cake
    Jan 22, 2010

    I always find it fascinating to hear about how creative people formulate their work.

    I know that, for me, it can be a phrase or a story and, once it's in my head, it just won't go away until I've at least written it in draft.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 23, 2010

    Joanna – It's such a big part of me I sometimes forget that other people don't do what I do, to create.

    That's interesting to hear about you with your crative ideas – and good that you can keep it in your head until you get chance to write it down. That way you don't lose it.

  3. nitebyrd
    Jan 25, 2010

    Goddesses sound wonderful, Jackie!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jan 25, 2010

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, I think so too and am very excited about this opportunity to paint them!

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