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Germany calling

Germany calling

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.

 

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.

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