Sitting quietly painting yesterday totally absorbed in what I was doing, the phone ringing was a small interruption. I answered it, and a voice I didn’t recognise lightly said “Jackie? Its Germany calling!”. A pause from me, whilst I thought of all the people I know in Germany – er, that would be none. The silence lasted two seconds before she laughed easily and said “It’s Sara!” – ah, that would explain it, the lovely Sara my English friend from Erolife who lives in Germany although regularly comes to England, which is when I occasionally see her. We talked companionably as we always do even though its not often we talk, but I feel like I’ve known her for ages even so as she’s so easy to talk to. Since we both work in the world of erotica, we have many connections through it, and she said how sad she was to hear of Silvees death. I agreed, how sad I had been to, I met Silvee when I first joined the Guild of Erotic Artists some years ago, and she was only ever kind and jolly with me. Its always a shock to hear of a death, sudden or otherwise, and makes you think of the happy times you had with that person, the impact they had on your life, and the ways you’ll miss them. Although I’ve never seen Sara with Silvee, we both shared that friendship with her.
Sara being the genuinely interested person she is asked with intrigue what I was currently painting, and I talked avidly as I do when I’m fired up with a new painting. She listened to my excited chat about my art, and said that a painting is so much different to a photograph because the artist can change parts to make the person look better than in a photo, and I smilingly agreed, since that is one of my big points when I talk to a client about what they want enhancing on their body, and what they want diminishing.
We talked in some depth about the new restrictions in the law, and wondered how it would affect us as business people working with erotic images for adults. I think its too early yet to know how it will impact on us, and I really hope I won’t have to start painting landscapes and pet portraits intead of erotic art!
As always, we had a lovely long chatty chat, a connection of business women in the world of erotica. And I’m looking forward to the next time she’s over in England, and hopefully we can meet for a drink, she and her man, me and mine.