Monday, 12 January 2015

Special Guest: Jackie Adshead

Hi my name is Jackie Adshead and I’d like to give many thanks to the luscious Lucy Felthouse and the other wonderful Brit Babes for inviting me here today to chat. The obvious theme for me as a lifelong artist is erotic art and its impact on women which is my favourite subject!
Although I describe myself as a professional artist who specializes in erotic art, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute, I am in part a writer as well since I have been featured in The Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2) and have for a number of years written an artist blog connected to my website describing my current projects and exploring the reactions they sometimes evoke.

As artists and writers we all want to connect with others creatively through our words and images and inspire others to see the world in a slightly different way from that experience. Where erotic writers paint their erotica with cleverly chosen words as an erotic artist I use images. Which probably sounds very simple but actually isn’t. Erotic art should be subtle and for me hint at what has happened within the picture up until then, and more importantly start off lots of sensual ideas as to what happens next which may have diverse responses in different people. Art isn’t always about painting what’s infront of you; it can be about painting what you can’t see sometimes.  It shouldn’t be exactly the same as a photo, as an artist I want to look beyond the subject and ascertain what can be removed and still leave the essence, and hopefully add to it by the process. I love the tricks that add interest and excitement to a picture. I like to hint at sex, the erotic, the suggestion of pleasure by highlighting and sharpening the focus in the picture. I love exploring how composition through lines and shapes, tonal lights and darks create contrast and make the picture more exciting. I love to stimulate my brain by the way I paint, and I like to excite the viewer’s brain by what I’ve created.

When I first started life drawing some years ago I realized that although drawing naked figures from life is an incredibly useful technique for an artist since it teaches how to look at the fine details in front of you, I didn’t find the drawings that exciting until I realized that less is more and started to leave out a hand, or a face, or the legs and the image was far more interesting because of it. Like reading a book, you fill in the picture in your head and can see it without all the details spelt out for you. Infact I found people preferred it since it created movement within the picture when they asked themselves where the missing hand was and what it was doing. I feel strongly that art should speak through the emotions it invokes.
I love erotic art because it’s challenging in so many ways - to find an erotic concept, to create the composition, to capture it, to do it well, and to make the viewer feel erotic when they look at it. All of that has to be encapsulated in one image. And that’s what I strive to do. I paint what I like, that’s what artists do! We paint the things we have empathy for, the inspirational subjects that fill us with great passion. I love painting people and their interaction with each other, and letting the viewer find their own definition of what they’re doing, and why. Until I see the figure I'm going to draw I can't say what the pose will be - it differs for everyone because I will need to find their attributes and enhance them. And it’s also very different as to whether I'm drawing a man or a woman or a couple. Or whether the couple are straight, bi or gay. For women the erotic image will usually be more subtle and feminine, the hint of things unsaid, an item of clothing, footwear or jewellery. For a man to look erotic the image will have to be more blatant. So the challenge is not to draw what I see before me but to enhance it to make it artistic and erotic. And just a small part of something can be far more erotic than the whole thing, so I don’t necessarily need to paint the whole body. I can just focus on a part of it. The use of light should also be considered, which appeals to me very much, perhaps throwing the full face or most of it, into darkness, and deciding whether to use a fluidly wet medium, or maybe a dry crayon or pencil, either will convey a different image and idea.

Having drawn many subjects over the years I know that the female form is the most perfect piece of art since all women are a mix of physical beauty, inner beauty, caring and nurturing but balanced with inner strengths through motherhood and career, family ties and deep abiding friendships, the ability to communicate to great extent and make the world a better place with love and laughter. Capturing all of that within art is an enduring passion for me and whereas I am more than happy painting all subjects from landscapes to animals, buildings and fantasy, it’s the feminine form that I find the most beautiful.
Through my art I have painted surreal erotic landscapes, vibrant abstracts of fannies, portraits with hidden messages, landscapes with hidden couples, and more traditional subjects. Whereas I always have a painting in the planning stage whilst I am working on the current piece, I have no idea where my art will move on to next, but I am aware that it will be exciting, because art should be, both for the artist and the viewers of their art. Even if I paint bowls of fruit in the future, I know I’ll want to incorporate a naked woman amongst the oranges!

It’s a lifelong quest, art, searching for more ideas, more things to portray, and exploring the way that life and art are inter-connected. The people I meet, and the things they say to me, makes me realise that sometimes I am fulfilling a desire in others, as much as myself. They want me to draw their fantasy of themselves, and that’s a fascinating subject to pursue. 


  1. WOW, Jackie, just wow, what an amazing post and those pictures blew me away. Thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to share your thoughts and your artwork. I love how you put this bit "I know that the female form is the most perfect piece of art since all women are a mix of physical beauty, inner beauty, caring and nurturing but balanced with inner strengths through motherhood and career, family ties and deep abiding friendships, the ability to communicate to great extent and make the world a better place with love and laughter."


    Lily x

  2. You are incredibly talented with not only you're beautiful and very hot paintings but how you describe you as a painter and your paintings! I felt connected to them and yes wondered what happened before or what thoughts were going on before, then all the possibilities of what can happen next. I loved the landscape with the man and woman hidden in there. Thank you so much for sharing not only some of your paintings but your wonderful thoughts!

  3. Aww Lily thankyou so much! Both for inviting me and your kind words. And I am delighed you picked up on that comment I made about all women being the most perfect piece of art and the reasons why. I think all women need reminding of that since sometimes we get so caught up in our busy lives that we forget it!

  4. Lovely! I especially like the sexy landscapes - I often struggle to 'enjoy' a painting of a landscape as it never quite matches up to the real thing but in your example here - with the hidden figures, I can see things I really want to!
    Thank you for sharing x x x

    1. Ooo - I've just been on your website - I love the fantasy fannies! - go take a look, people, it's in Galleries x x

    2. Thanks! Loved looking through them with my hubby! Saved her page to my bookmarks.

  5. Thankyou Tracey Parker for your kind comments and I am so pleased you like my paintings and words! I loved painting the man and woman erotic landscape "Tree of life" since innocent eyes don't see the couple, they only see the landscape. I originally painted it for a woman who wanted an erotic painting over her bed but didn't want her small son to realise what the picture was of!

  6. Thats really interesting to hear Tabitha, since I sometimes struggle to enjoy a landscape as its "just" a landscape, but when there is something erotic hidden within it, it makes it far more interesting! And I'm delighted you found my 'Fantasy Fannies! Gallery, they really are the ultimate piece of feminine art - a portrait but not of your face, and abstract enough that people aren't fully sure what they are looking at! :)

  7. Wow! Lovely and sensual paintings, Jackie. I too love your sexy landscape. So many dimensions!

  8. Thankyou Nina! Much appreciated to hear that, the sexy landscape took a long time to get right - starting with a couple and building the landscape up around them to hide their image but still keep the fundamental aspect of them and what they were doing

  9. Thanks so much for sharing all of the awesome info! I am looking forward to checking out more posts!


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