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Is it really thirteen

Is it really thirteen

I’ve just taken ten of my best current paintings, including this one “Poppy appeal”,  to be hung in a prominent position at the biggest exhibition outside of London, saying hi to the two women who run it as I passed by them, paperwork in hand as they point out hanging places to new faces who don’t know where they are going. But I know exactly where I am going, right by the main doorway – being an Adshead helps immensely! I put my paintings out, and saw two other familiar female artists as I returned back to my car for the second bag of paintings, they both smiled and said “Hi Jackie!” as we pass by on our errands. Dame Catherine Harpur Arts Exhibition in the Poppy appealdelightful village of  Ticknall in South Derbyshire is held annually to raise funds for the local school, and always has a massively eclectic selection of art for all, to suit all pockets, and all tastes. I know I shall thoroughly enjoy seeing what others have hung when I have a look over the Bank Holiday weekend………… and am always delighted to be part of this wonderfully exciting, thriving, exhibition.

And as I got back in the car and drove home again through the countryside, I thought to myself “Is it really thirteen years that I’ve been doing this exhibition …. Mmmmmmmm I think it is!”

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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