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Finding my one hundred

Finding my one hundred

This week I am between commissions, all my work is done, and its given me chance to do something that I try to do every year.

But this year its even more intense than before. I don’t mean that the question is more intense, I mean that the search for the answer has been. My problem if you want to call it that, is a simple one, and in a way a nice one, but I still don’t know the answer to it. The reason being that the answer is too BIG and I have to narrow it down. But I have to narrow it down to a good right answer, not the wrong one. I’ll explain…..

Because I had my first commission at 13, because I am a talented artist who can paint anything in many different ways and have done so, I am not *just* an artist who paints portraits or landscapes or animals or erotic art. I am multi-faceted. I pride myself on the fact that whatever anwc 1 (2)yone wants me to paint I can paint. I love surreal art, abstract art, fantasy art, camouflague art, as well as the traditional representational art. All of that is a massive subject and keeps me endlessly fascinated. I love to paint in watercolours, which is the most difficult of mediums as it sometimes doesn’t go exactly the way you hope, oils, acrylics, pastels,  and to draw in pencil and pen and ink.  If you asked me to pick just one way of painting, oils for example, I would miss painting in acrylics and watercolours, and vice versa. I love painting in all of them, for all their characteristics and the delightful working process that creates such gorgeous end results. Likewise if you said to me that I could *only* paint erotic art, or animals, or landscapes for ever more, then I would miss the others. In a way I don’t want to be curtailed in what I can paint, and how I can paint it. But then, and this is the problem, people don’t know what I do for that reason….. Jackie paints tigers, erotic art, mermaids, fannies, people, dogs, erotic landscapes, landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and Venice.

You see the problem!

So my question to myself this week is, and this is the holy grail that I referred to in my last blog post. WHAT DO I WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR? What subject matter is the best subject matter to paint that everyone relates to? That the majority will love, and, and this is the important bit, that will keep me challenged and focused and excited and passionate and fascinated with whilst I do it.

And I think the answer may be that it won’t be erotic art.

But what else is there that will keep me motivated and excited?

There is only one answer to that.

 

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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