Houdini escaped but not without taking a heart with him

Houdini escaped but not without taking a heart with him

I wasn’t quite sure how it would be accepted, if at all, but it was something I felt strongly about doing, so had to go with my gut reaction.

As it was, it couldn’t have gone any better.

I’d finished the acrylic painting in the week, and knew it was the best I could do with the information I had.  I framed it in an appropriate frame, and found a suitable bag to put it in.  And the next day, took it along to the person I wanted to present it to. He had no idea whatsoever of what was coming his way…….

The minute I saw him, I said “I’ve got something for you!” and he looked puzzled at me wondering what it was. I took the painting out of the bag, and turned it so that he could see it. He looked at it, and did a gulp, as he took it all in, knowing instantly who had taken the photo that the picture was based on. I nodded, and said that I had done it as a thankyou, for all the help he’d given me recently, and that it wasn’t done to upset him (as I knew it was going to, to a degree, as it was his much loved dog who had died recently of an illness that just dragged out the knowledge of him dying and being ill, everyone who knows him was so fully aware of the unfairness of it all) but as a celebration of his life, and the huge gap that he had left. He looked down at the painting and started stroking the glass, so I knew then that I’d got it right. That automatic stroking of a pet that we miss so much, and do subconsciously when we see a picture of them again, wanting the theraputic comfort of that stroking action. And he said as he looked at it “You’ve captured him perfectly, it’s spot on” and hugged me, a big strong hug, full of emotion and thanks. I’d done my job, and even though it caused some upset with it, it was the upset of love and bereavement, and I recognised it as such. We had a few quiet words together and he went off with his head down, and I went off, humbled at his reaction.

The day after I went to watch the Formula One race on the telly at his place, my first visit there, and as my fella and I sat down with him and another couple of friends to watch the race, over cups of hot sweet tea I saw the “shrine” that he’d made for Houdini, the photos and pictures of him, all together by the settee, my new painting central to the collection. And he told me that he was going to have a tattoo done of the dog, based on the picture that I’d done for him. He’d already talked to the Tattooist, a guy I know well, and they had both decided in the same split second when they’d chatted about it, that it was ideal for the tattoo that he wanted done. And the picture I’d done showed the dog in a pose that he was famed for, holding one leg up to lean on something, so that he could have his belly rubbed – and the tattoo would be placed on the guy’s chest, so that Houdini would have his leg leaning  pressed on his heart. I had a bit of a misty moment when I heard that. Perfect, absolutely perfect!

And I’m so touched to have been part of the artistic process towards it, knowing that the tattooist will base his artwork on my painting, and I based that on a photo that someone else took and gave to me…..

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 (10)

  1. Oct 30, 2012

    ooh Jackie that made the tears run!

    • Oct 30, 2012

      Teresa – Awww, it gave me some misty moments too. These beloved pets leave such a big hole don’t they, that’s why I love doing pet portraits knowing how special they are to their owners.

      It’s good to see you here – many thanks for your kind comment ! xx

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