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Good vibrations rippling out

Well the Burton Library exhibition is going well and I’ve had some really good feedback from it already!

But sometimes its not the selling of the art that brings in the results. It’s a bit like fishing, you throw the bait out and are never quite sure what you’re going to land from it….

For instance, one guy turned up at the exhibtion purely because of my surname! His mother was also an “Adshead” and he was intrigued by me. It turned out he’d heard from another source about me – I’d emailed another Adshead in Manchester – who is interested in all things Adshead and he’d sent the link on to the others on his mailing list. So, it was like the rippling effect of Adsheads across the country!

Stuart and is wife appeared yesterday whilst I was at the exhibition, he full of beans as usual. He’s written to a national magazine about his expeience of being drawn in the nude, by me, in his usual cheekily humorous way, and is waiting to hear from them.

And the best reaction I’ve had is from the librarians themselves! They’re all upbeat and positive and very apprecaitive of all I’ve done. Even the Chief Librarian is acting like he discovered me himself!!!! But it’s my first contact that has proved the most helpful. She has given me the names and numbers of various people who I can network with who will help me promote myself. I know I have to do it myself, and nothing happens without some pro-activity from me but I’m happy with doing that. She tells me that people like me and respond to me, which I was really happy to hear.

One of her contacts is a guy who has a late night programme on the local radio show. She suggested I ring him. So I did, and left a message with his secretary, he rang back later and left a message on my voicemail, and I rang back and left one on his, twice! We seemed to be good at missing each other! When he eventually rang, we had a great upbeat and perky chat and his banter made me laugh! He asked how he could help me, and I said I’d got an art exhibition on at Burton Library. “So you want to come on the radio then do you?” “Er, do I?” I wasn’t surre. This is new territory for me! “Sure”, he said, “You’ll be fine!” “Ok”, I said, resolved to the idea. “How long do I need to talk for?” “I’ll tell you five minutes” he said, “Because it’s better than the reality!” “And what’s that?” I said, realising there was a catch to this. “An hour!” he said. I gulped.  “And because its your first time, bring some sweetieswith you!”  he said, laughing!!!!

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.

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