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Talking to the magic writers

I quite enjoyed it, in the end, talking to the writers at Stuarts Magic Attic group. But I’d spent all week writing, re-writing, editing and practising my talk. It was only ten minutes, and in a way it was harder doing ten minutes than a longer time, because there is so much I wanted to say, but had to keep it down to the bare facts. Of course, it helped enormously that Stuart did his talk before mine, as he was an excellent “warm up” guy – being both entertaining and amusing. And that’s hard to do – to be funny. And in the right places! But he’s clever with words, and that helps.

I hadn’t met any of the writers before, and they knew nothing about me or the subject matter of Stuarts or my talk. And I wasn’t sure what any of them wrote about until I got there, and had an introductory chat with the woman running the meeting. Most of them were local historians. Ok, then, no problem. And some had never been before. Ok, then, no problem. And the talk wasn’t to go over ten minutes, as people start to get bored then. Ok, no problem. What about mentioning erotic art then I asked. Better not, she said. Ok, then, good job I’d decided on a two part talk, the basic promotional one, and the other about the more specific very erotic art. I’ll cut the second part, don’t want any of them walking out in disgust and being offended.

I went up to the meeting room with Stuart and his wife, and we decided where to sit – I opted for the far end of the room, with a wall behind me, as then I could put my art carrying bag down easier, and also could talk to the room, without having to swivel around to include the people behind me. It was all very informal, with tables laid out in the refectory style, with seats either side. There were about 25 people there, drinking tea and coffee and chatting, and I was told they meet every three months.

Stuart and I settled ourselves in, and I sat conversing with the woman next to me, who I hadn’t ever met before but she knew all about my website and the artwork on it because Stuart had told her about it months ago after I’d done the drawings of him and he’d shown them to her. He’s a walking advert for me!!

After a few minutes the meeting started, a few points that needed mentioning, then we were introduced as the speakers “Stuart and his friend Jackie”. Stuart stood and did his talk. (The gist of it is featured here on my blog). And he entertained them beautifully, and they laughed in all the right places, and he got a rousing round of applause for his efforts. Then it was my turn, I stood, and explained that I was an unusual artist because of all the different types of art I do, so I call myself an erotic artist as it gets me noticed more! I explained what erotic art is, and how I started doing it, I told them I was in two art organisations – Ashby Guild of Artists, and the Guild of Erotic Artists, and that I had sold artwork locally and internationally to Canada, and the USA. I said I was a writer too, in that I write a blog, and told them about my website, and said that if any of them wanted any illustrations done for their books, or a dog portrait doing, for them to contact me, and said I had flyers and business cards to hand out to them all there. That was it – ten minutes! And I got a good round of applause too. Phew!

But that’s just the fishing, I suppose. That’s the bait thrown out and I never know what sort of interested things I’m going to catch with it………………………

A few people came over to view Stuarts drawings that he keeps in a large folder. He hadn’t held them up incase any of them didn’t want to view them, someone had joked earlier that he should have had them on the large projection screen behind him!

Then they came to me – the first chap asked me how much it would cost to repaint a print he had of a dog picture, I replied that I’d have to see it to be able to give him a full answer, but yes, it was certainly possible for me to do it for him….

The second chap asked if I would do a talk to his local civic group of 50 or 60 people, maybe next year, and I said I would be interested in doing it…..

The third chap said that Stuarts and my talk were the best thing they’d ever had at the Magic Attic, and that he was a speaker who did two or three talks a week to local groups, on local history. He’d written a few books that he pointed out to me on the shelf at the side of the room, one of the books was about the history of the privy, and he said he knew within five minutes of talking to a group, about which stories he could tell, and which to avoid!!!!!!!! He asked if I was on the WI list of speakers, and I said no, it was only the second talk I’d ever done, but I’d bear it in mind.

And the fourth person was the most interesting for me – she was fascinated with the white on black erotic drawings that I do and asked me if I’d be interested in exhibiting at Burton on Trents library. Yes I would! She said that she would book me straight away, if she could, but because it was erotic, would have to check it out with her colleagues. Ok, that’s fine. I can do tasteful and acceptable art for the visitors to the library, it doesn’t have to be strongly erotic.

So, ALL good stuff!

And I found them a friendly bunch of people, who made me most welcome. So that was nice too.

And maybe someone is writing a book, and maybe they want some illustrations, and maybe they’ll contact me. But at least they know who I am now, and they didn’t the day before…….

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.

Comments (6)

  1. Indigo
    Jun 1, 2009

    Fantastic! So you had a ‘magic’ day of it then Jackie… well done you ….

  2. Fitzy
    Jun 1, 2009

    Well that certainly seems to be a very positive result, so well done you, and it is also a great improvement on what happened at the exhibition the other week.

    I do hope that you are able to get some work out of it, or at least the chance of another exhibition.

    It does seem that both of your talks have been very well received, with more to follow after this so perhaps you could have an alternative sideline as an after dinner speaker! lol

  3. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 2, 2009

    Indigo – Thankyou, yes I did, it was magic!

  4. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 2, 2009

    Fitzy – Thankyou, yes it was a positive result. The exhibition was well received, I just didn’t make any sales from it.

    It looks like I may be getting my own exhibition out of it, so that’s great news.

    Yes, I suppose I could become an after dinner speaker, the subject of being an erotic artist would suit those raucous occasions!!!

  5. Fitzy
    Jun 2, 2009

    That’s it, After Dinner Art!!!

    You tell them all great tales of your life as an erotic artist, then latter on once they have all had one too many, so can start charging for on the spot commissions! lol

  6. Jackie Adshead
    Jun 3, 2009

    Fitzy – You reckon? LOL Nice idea!! 🙂

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