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Sea air and a change of scenery

It’s been a while since I’ve had a painting that I’ve been happy about to show you. But I’ve just finished one that I’m really pleased with.

The idea was to paint a simple seascape. But as in all things simple, it doesn’t seem to stay that way!

I wanted to show the scene of two people walking on a beach, perhaps collecting shells or just enjoying the companionship of an amble in the sea air. But they were of lesser importance than the landscape and of the weather. I wanted to show the sea and sky almost as one, merging into each other. And I wanted to paint a picture depicting the scudding clouds forming for a storm in the distance, where the sea is starting to raise with the wind, and where the afternoon sun colours the clouds orange and yellow, a beautiful contrast to the blues and greens of the sea.

And this is what I painted with that idea in mind. The watercolours add to the clearness of the day and the light sea air, but they also are of enough depth of colour to show the darks of the forboding clouds and the shadows on the sea.

I love the way the light changes within the picture and the way the sunlight catches the far horizon but loses itself in the far light as well. I love the soft edges of the clouds, but I also love the way the waves flow onto the beach, the foam merging with the wet sand.

And now, I just want to go and walk on that beach. I can feeeel the sea air, and smell the salty breeze.

Oh, and the title? It’s called “Breath of fresh air”

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 (2)

  1. nitebyrd
    May 29, 2010

    It's a beautiful painting, Jackie. It does look "fresh"!

  2. Jackie Adshead
    May 31, 2010

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, that's always good to hear, fresh is a huge compliment!

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