It has been a while since I’ve done any nude modelling for artists.

But I was asked recently by one artist if I would consider posing for him. It would be a paying gig, he told me.

I said yes immediately, with details to be discussed later. Then I realized the devil is in those details: how to do it safely during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, the threat and fear of an invisible devil is something we are all living with these days.

Still, I am not going to turn down a modelling opportunity. I love doing it — even though it can be an endurance test holding positions — and I could always use some extra cash.

I’m guessing most, if not all, artists’ workshops promoting body awareness have been on hold since March, when so much of the world went on lockdown. Those are the types of sessions I’ve done in the past. I was invited to do them because of my connections to an Ottawa naturism organization. They were freebies: My reward was the experience and the thanks I received — along with some sketches they did during the sessions.

I have always wanted to do some one-on-one sessions, à la Mona Lisa, albeit in the buff. I would pose in clothes, too, if asked. But I totally get an artist who is also a naturist wanting a nude model.

Still, the artist and I will need to find a way to do this safely.

I know that some of this blog’s readers do some modelling for artists. I’d like to hear from you here. Have you been doing any such modelling since March? If so, what safety precautions are being taken by you and the artists?

— Jillian

P.S. Tap here to read about my first nude modelling session for an artists’ workshop.

Artists sketch Jillian Page in a Figure Drawing workshop in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2013. Colette Coughlin, one of the workshop organizers, is seen sitting in the background, in grey top. Photo taken by Jillian Page during a pose.