Well cool and lush

My sixteen year old nephew has come to stay with me for a few days, along with his male friend, and I’m enjoying having two teenagers in the house (yes, really, I do mean it). Its the first time they’ve been to see my new house and it was described as “Well lush” which seems to give it the thumbs up in teenage-speak! This morning they asked to see my studio and the artwork I produce in it, which I was more than happy to show them. And my nephew declared that it was “Well cool” which again was great acceptance! He picked up one picture and asked me if it was painted in oils, and I said no, it was in watercolours, remembering that he had mentioned the other day about me painting on material, and realising he meant canvas. Its all new for him to see for himself as he lives the other end of the country from me so I don’t see him as often as we’d both like.  He particularly liked the “Tree of life” painting I did, as a version of it is hanging on my studio wall, and his friend liked the “Guardian Angels” painting I’ve done with the faces in the cottage garden. It reminded me of the sort of art that I used to do when I was their age – surreal paintings of faces with a macabre twist to them, mostly.

I took them to see the village of Repton, in Derbyshire, the afternoon they arrived as it’s the village I grew up in, as well as being a very pretty and interesting place to visit. We wandered around the ancient graveyard as I pointed out the more interesting gravestones, and then into the church itself for a brief visit. You don’t have to be religious to find the building of old churches interesting. As we walked in there was a small tea party taking place, and the first person I saw there was a woman I knew from years ago, who helped me get a drawing of mine in a local book about Derbyshire villages. We saw each other at the same time and said hello as I went over to speak to her properly. “Hello Jackie, how are you?” she said and we had a brief chat before I took the quietly loitering teenagers down to the crypt to show them the ancient historical areas which I was pleased to note they were actually interested in! As we ascended the well worn stone steps back into the church and walked back past the tea party one of the old ladies beckoned me over “Are you the artist Jackie Adshead?” and I nodded at her and smiled and she said “I’ve always wanted to meet you, since you did the covers of the Parish magazine” and I smiled even more at her as we chatted. And on the way out, I pointed out the Parish magazine to my nephew and his friend – they still use my artwork for them, and I did them in the 1980s. Its certainly been a good advert for me over the years.
I saw my good friend Peter the other day, who I’ve not seen for a few weeks, and as we chatted he said he had spent the evening with some purple people the week before. Although I am an artist, and colours are incredibly important for me I don’t particularly know what a “purple person” was, and queried the description. He went on to explain about the “arty types who don’t wash very often and their houses and clothes are a disorganised mess” and I nodded at him in understanding. He asserted “You’re not a purple person” and I replied with a big grin “I knooowwww!”. Peter said “No, I always think of you as half yellow, and half blue” and I thought about it, and agreed, yes, I could see that. I know I am an unusual mix in that I am creative and artistic, but also methodical and logical too – hence his description of the half and half colours. He said that he was fully blue, as he has the methodical accountant background to his career. It’s funny, the colour thing, because I’ve always thought of myself as gold coloured. I wonder what colour other people view me as?
Because I did the parish magazine covers, but also I used to do macabre surreal art as a teenager, I like doing erotic art, but I’m more than happy doing landscapes and pet portraits and mythological creatures too!
Basically,   I just like doing art, whatever it is.

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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