Turps head and achy feet

Turps head and achy feet

One side effect of doing the “secret wedding picture” (that I can’t talk about) oil painting is that I have to take a couple more breaks in the day than I would normally do. I’m used to painting standing up, its natural for me to do it, so that I can take a step back and view the painting from a distance to make sure it looks right from close up, and from two feet away, and from six feet away. As an artist I always do that to make sure it pulls together as a painting from all distances. So, I expect that my feet feel that I’ve been on them at the end of the day, and I’m glad of a sit down later in the evenings.

But, no, its not that side effect I’m referring to, its the other one, when I crave some fresh air, and go outside for a tea break a little more often. And its the same reason that I had a headache for the first couple of days, until I realised it wasn’t a cold I was starting at all, it was standing over the small pot of turpentine, and possibly the oil paint, and maybe the safflower oil that I use to dilute the paint to a thinner consistency, that was causing it.  But now I know its that, I’m happy to sit in the sunshine for ten minutes or so to clear my head, and go back afterwards and carry on. I’m getting on well with it, and am really pleased with the way its pulling together, the oil paintsoil painting a million times better than the simple watercolour painting I did as my working painting. I don’t know what it is about oils, but they just flow so nicely, I painted a ***  (can’t say!) in the front of the painting, and it looked so effortlessly easy as it sat in its place in the picture, because of the oils.



And last night, I had the email I had been waiting for to confirm that the painting of the lovely little dog so full of character  Millie had arrived at its destination, to find that the message added….

Hi Jackie,  just a quick email to say that your wonderful painting of Millie has arrived safely. I picked it up today and unwrapped it (without damaging any part of it) and it is even more beautiful in real life. The photo didn’t do it justice. You have totally captured her, which is great as you’ve never met her. I can’t tell you how much I love it and it is now safely put away for Christmas.


 So that made me very happy, to get such lovely feedback! 🙂

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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