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Don’t bring that in here

I’ve just finished the erotic oil painting I’ve been working on this last month or so for a couple from Essex. And now ready to look towards the next art exhibition coming up this bank holiday weekend at Ticknall in South Derbyshire. I’ve had this sort of thing before, when I’m concentrating on one art exhibition immediately after finishing another, separate piece of work. I do try always to give everything I do full attention, and all of my energies. Which was why I found myself going to church today. Not that I’ve suddenly turned religious, but because I’ve been invited to exhibit there at their next open day in September. Bearing in mind the last conversation I had with anyone that involved the phrase “open day” it was at a naturist spa. Should I turn down one, because it doesn’t fit with the other? I don’t think so. Neither are in the same county, or the same weekend, or the same thing really. Both venues have invited me to do an exhibition of my art to enhance their particular open day, so where’s the problem? That’s rhetorical by the way, I don’t need an answer to it. I know that the naturist spa is perfectly happy with my erotic art, and the church won’t be. Having said that, I made sure I dropped it into the conversation today the fact that I do do erotic art, the response to which was raised eyebrows from the male committee member who didn’t know about it, and a stoical face from the female one who did. And I was quick to follow it with a “of course I won’t be bringing any of them to exhibit here” which I’m sure brought a sigh of relief from them both. I know that they don’t want erotic art in their church exhibition, I know that they want local scenes and pictures of animals and flowers. I have those sort of pictures a plenty. I also have plenty of the erotic stuff too….

We discussed hanging screens that they’re providing, and where was best to place them, how many pictures I could take, and the best lighting. We talked about prices and the admin that any sales would generate, and my business cards. But, thereby hung a problem. He wasn’t happy about my business cards. Even when I explained why they said what they did on them, he wasn’t happy. Ok, I won’t bring the cards then, I’ll find something else with my name on it. Just because it says “Jackie Adshead – Erotic Artist”. Erotic doesn’t have to be dirty and disgusting, infact some biblical paintings are far worse than most of my artwork! But who am I to argue. I try to keep the client happy. And if they feel that I will be enhancing their open day by my art being there, that’s all that matters to me. They’ve never done anything like this before, and they want me to be part of it. So I’m delighted to be involved and invited.

The cards stay at home. With the erotic art.

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