New life blowing in

New life blowing in

After the terrible terrific storms battering the country yesterday I’m just pleased that my only casualty was a piece of solid garden fencing  breaking away from the wooden post holding it, and a large decorative pot outside the front door that holds a camelia I am very fond of blowing over. The pot and shrub didn’t suffer any harm and were righted this morning and the fence is just showing signs of being slightly out of alignment that a couple of strong nails should knock back into place. But I’ve got away extremely lightly compared to others on the east coast. And looking at the photos and hearing the news reports really shows the fragility of life and property and it always seems to be magnified when it’s Christmas time and everyone is full of jollity and good cheer. Or supposed to be.  I always find Christmas a strange mix of  happiness and sadness.  

So now that its quiet for me at least, I’ll tell you that I’ve finished some website updates this week, adding new images in the Landscapes Gallery and Animals Gallery, adding an interview I did in January this year with Deliciously Deviant to the Testimonials page, adding a couple more images to the Demonstrations page, and most importantly adding a new Workshops page – both showing  suggestions for subjects for the workshoArt Workshop 4 2013ps I can do, and offering a one-to-one for anyone wanting personal teaching to improve their art or wanting to learn new skills…. the most popular one seeming to be  requests for “Can you teach me how to paint in acrylics, Jackie?”  although it could just as easily be “Can you show me how to use a palette knife” or “Can you show me where I’m going wrong with his picture” or “What shall I do with this life drawing pose to make it look erotic?”

And that reminds me that I was greatly amused last weekend when I saw a friend and her opening line was “What’s this about a male model Jackie?” showing me that she reads my blog, and opening up a long conversation with her and her man about life drawing, art, jigsaws and airplanes (don’t ask, I’m not sure how we got onto that subject either! 🙂 )

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.