Tuesday, 11 September 2007

A bit of French

I'm just back from a few days in southern France and after the misery of this years cold and depressingly wet English summer, it was a joy to be in hot sunshine again! Everything looks so much better in bright sunshine, the natural colours shine and purple shadows dress the landscape. Its rare for me to like a landscape that isn't bathed in sunlight. And of course French rural landscapes are full of ancient limestone buildings half forgotten in their bucolic decay.... their aged weathered doors just clinging on to the last remnants of faded paint, worn steps lead up to flowerfilled doorways, shuttered windows look out upon the day, and cobbled paths lead up to interesting hidden shadowy passageways, I just had to go and investigate! I was in artist heaven!! Ok, so it wasn't erotic art, but it was full of inspiration for me - and I took enough photos to keep me busy with a hundred future paintings! (and that is NOT an exaggeration!). But....... even though I was full of inspiration for old French tumble-down buildings, I was greatly amused to see that others think of erotica quite often too......... Whilst visiting the famous wine village of Chateauneuf du Pape, and clambering up the hill to look at the remains of the papal chateau, I stood admiring the grandeur of the old building, which is basically a couple of tall castle walls, some old stonework, an archway, a few windows, and a large piece stone flooring, I was much amused to glance down and opened my eyes in wonder to see ......an extremely large and very erect phallus drawn out in the dust of the stone floor, seen in ignorance by the majority of visitors there, but to an erotic artist it was MUCH evident, and caused me a few minutes of wicked mirth to see what someone else had thought of, and most had overlooked or walked over in total ignorance!

So.......... back to painting again........ now........what shall I do? French landscapes versus erotica.......MMmmmmmm.............. tough decision!!!!!!

14 comments:

DJ Kirkby said...

Does it have to be a V/S choice? Why can't you combine the two...;-)

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Sounds divine! Welcome back!

Hardin said...

Why not paint a couple enjoying sex in front of one of those charming but deserted French buildings? In bright sunlight, of course.

Jackie Adshead said...

DJ Kirkby - I suppose I could combine the two.......equally I love painting big cats (and other pussies!) - perhaps I could just combine it all in one big French landscape of an erotic man having sex with tiger-woman on old stone steps? What do you think? Would it work????

Jackie Adshead said...

Vi - It was! Thanks, I could have quite easily stayed, but I'm happy to be back again.

Jackie Adshead said...

Hardin - Mmmm.... That's a nice idea! It would work too, in bright sunshine - with the grape vines ripening in the background, and a bottle of wine to hand.......

Indigo said...

Cat woman sounds awesome, pussie's gallore eh, I like the sound of that one Jackie... Oh yes!!

Jackie Adshead said...

Indigo - I like the sound of cat woman too - it would merge the pussy theme properly!

having my cake said...

Pussies galore - I think that sounds like a great title for another collection you're working on :)

Jackie Adshead said...

Having my cake - it certainly is! And I think I shall be writing a blog post very soon on the logistics and background story of doing the fantasy fannies/pussies galore gallery!

DJ Kirkby said...

Are you able to do something very clever like a painting that appears to be a landscape till you look closer and realise it is actualy many many tiny erotic paintings making up one large painting of a 'landscape'? I'd love to buy something like that for our bedroom.

Jackie Adshead said...

Dj Kirkby - Yep, I could do that for you, it would be difficult to do but very interesting and I'd love to do it for you! It would make a brilliant bedroom picture - email me if you want to discuss it further!

bittersweet me said...

the fisherman's hut is beautiful ... i felt quite dozy, just looking at it, imaging the heat and and (i like to think) the sound of the cicadas in grass as i begin to sleep ...

Jackie Adshead said...

Bittersweet me - And your mind begins to wander to other things in the heat of the day!

I'm glad you can picture yourself within my painted landscape.