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Sharing a critical climate

Sharing a critical climate

Chatting with one of my closest friends a few days ago about she told me that when she first came to this country just over 12 years ago from her homeland of Cuba she could hardly speak English at all. I find that amazing since she speaks fluent Spanish (obviously!), Italian and French, as well as English, but she continued saying that to learn this new difficult language she started going to evening classes. She and the other students were given various tasks to help them converse and discuss and improve their English, and one of the tasks was to pick a favourite famous painting and look really closely at it, and then give a critique to the class about it, looking for some flaw within the painting through composition, subject, style or technique. I nodded and smiled, agreeing with her that it was a good task for all the students to do. Before I had chance to ask her which painting she had chosen and why, she went on to say that the gift that I had given her for her recent birthday, shown here,  which is a framed print of two tango dancers (since she loves to dance it seemed the ideal gift!) is currently in her lounge. She had a few spare moments recently when she came home from work, and was sitting with a coffee in her hand idly staring into space, and her eyTango (2)es alighted on the picture that I’d given her. She thought to herself that she would test her knowledge of art, and criticise it, looking for faults within the picture. I looked avidly at her as she told me this tale, waiting for the constructive criticism, to see what she was about to tell me. She looked seriously at me, and said “And do you know what, Jackie, I looked and looked at that picture, and I looked hard at it, really hard, and I couldn’t find anything at all to criticise!” I smiled back at her, in total happiness and said “Do you know WHY you couldn’t find anything to criticise?” and she shook her head as she said “No…..?” and I went on to say “Because I look and look at a picture I’ve painted, and I am more critical that anyone at looking at it and changing anything at all no matter how small  that I’m not happy with, before I show it to anyone else, that’s why!” She nodded in this acknowlegement, and I smiled and said “You’ve just paid me one of the nicest compliments anyone has said about my art!”

 

 

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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