I met a man

I met a man

I met a man at the weekend.

Nothing unusual in that, I meet a lot of people.

The man in particular was the boyfriend of my man’s ex-wife. So I’m the girlfriend of his girlfriends ex-husband. Who is someone I like very much and get on well with. Just cos you’re divorced doesn’t mean you have to start hating your ex. If you can be friends, and take the good forward with you, then all the better I think.

Well this man, who I hadn’t met before, and who I knew nothing of other than his first name,  was introduced to me at a family gathering. And as the summery afternoon wore on, and we all sat outside drinking and chatting, eating delicious barbeque food, and drinking some more, he and I became friends. It turned out we are both people who like people, and who both try to get the best out of people we work with, although our jobs are totally different.

As we talked and he asked me about being an artist, I talked about it, and in particular the two most complex pictures I’ve painted this last year – “Contemplating the shadows (2)Contemplating the shadows” and  “Peter and Miranda, past, present, and future” and then went on to talk about other work I’d done. He gasped at the complexity of “Contemplating the shadows” – a traditional landscape about the abstract relationship of one man and three women, and I smiled as I described it to him. My man who is always helpful went to get the i-pad that has some of my artwork on it, to illustrate some of the pictures I was talking about. There were an awful lot of them, as I am so prolific and I know it gets a bit boring as you go through them all, so I tend to flick through them, indicating the best ones. The thing that impressed my new friend the most was “Your attention to detail Jackie” and I could see that he was thinking about what sort of painting he would have done if he had the opportunity.

Later on as the day turned to night, and we both still sat in the garden, candles and fairy lights illuminating the darkness, the others at the party mostly inside and dancing, he and I drinking our way through the red wine, he said something that made me think hard. He wanted to know what I would paint given the choice, what would give me the most pleasure to be expressive in my painting. I’m still thinking about it, and haven’t as yet made my decision about…. as I contemplate my own shadows 🙂


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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