Vicarious pleasures

I’ve just finished reading a book. A very long and thorouglhy enjoyable and very popular book – “The pillars of the earth” by Ken Follet- about the building of a cathedral in the twelfth century in England, and the people involved with creating it, their lives and loves, passions and hatreds.

And it struck me as I reached the end of it, and was so involved with the tale and where it was heading, that although a book is a physically small thing – a collection of words on paper in a particular order, in effect, that it’s like diving into a new world, a dimension beyond normal life. The words on the paper bring the previously unknown world to life, so we can feel the pain, the ecstacy, the passions and emotions of the story and make it part of ourselves and feel fulfilled within ourselves, and better people for the reading of it, the digestion of it, that makes us more rounded within our characters for the knowledge of it…..

And that in turn made me think of movies – that they are a step into another new world, particularly if it’s a science-fiction film, of course- a different dimension when we empathise with the characters and their various  predicaments and the mesage within the tale….

And then I thought that music has the same effect – the words of the song reminds us of our experiences in life, particularly love and its endless joys and sorrows….

And then I considered that music is poetry but with a harmony added, and that made me consider that poems are beautiful beyond belief sometimes with their lyrical understanding of the use of langage and the heartaches and passions that poetry evokes….

Which of course, led me on to visual pleasures after the written ones. And that made me think of my art. And that’s what I’m trying to capture within my pictures – that happy feeling of being part of what is portrayed within the medium, that makes you feel happy and sad, gives you the empathy and ecstacy of being part of the subject matter. That you too feel the pain and loss, the love and joy, the passions and understandings of what is being portrayed within…………………. that the medium of creativity evokes such joys within us……………. music for the soul………………

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. Anonymous
    Jul 15, 2010

    I loved that book and felt as if I had been in the story. It is amazing when art, music or a book can carry you away.

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Jul 15, 2010

    Anonymous – Yes, it's a great book, isn't it! I adored reading it!

    And it is indeed amazing when a book, music or art can carry you away…….. it fills the spirit….

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    Aug 11, 2010

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  4. Jackie Adshead
    Aug 11, 2010

    Anonymous – My pleasure, I'm delighted to hear that it helped you with your college work.

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