Auction item no 3: The gold soul of a finch in search of a charm.

This is the third piece I am going to auction off, a fragment of things from my studio. It’s a curious way to tidy up. But to be honest there’s not much tidying being done.

To bid, please place a comment on this posting.

If you win the auction I will ask you to donate the money directly to Jane’s amazing initiative to place a copy of The Lost Words in every primary school in Scotland.

In the past few days Penguin have thrown their support mightily behind Jane’s project by massively reducing the price of the books for her. This will now enable her to place a book not just in every Primary School in Scotland, but also into Secondary and Special Schools.

The third piece to be auctioned is this:

It’s tiny, two sheets of gold leaf, 8 cm squared, each sheet, left over from a large watercolour painted for Number Seven Dulverton. The small gold soul of a finch in search of a charm.

Starting bid must be £50 And all bids must be in £. But I am happy to post anywhere in this world. The auction will close on Tuesday evening, around 6 pm if I remember, and then I will find something else.


This auction is now CLOSED.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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17 Responses to Auction item no 3: The gold soul of a finch in search of a charm.

  1. Julie Nicholson says:

    I’ll start this off at £55

  2. Nick G says:

    How lovely. We grow teazels in our vegetable garden especially for the goldfinches. Can I bid 100 pounds please. I’ve donated to the Lost Words in Scottish Primary schools crowdfunder too!

  3. Tammie says:

    Hi Jackie,
    I just received this book, it will be a holiday gift, in the meantime I am enjoying it, quite beautiful and enchanting.

  4. ceri pemberton says:

    Dear Jackie
    I should like to bid £125. My house is called “Finches” and I would love to have this painting there.
    I have loved “The Lost Words” and completely support Jane’s initiative for Scottish schools — even though I’m Welsh!– and will donate anyway.
    Best wishes

    • Jackie says:

      Well, it seems unlikely that it would happen, but with support of a faery godmother/ father we could go beyond the target and roll out to all schools in UK.

  5. Bernie Bell says:

    Not a bid – just a tale of Goldfinches, already told to Jackie and to Mr. Mac. Here it is………….

    As y’all are aware, ‘The Lost Words’ is a book of charms, of spells designed to ensure that the names of birds and beasts and plants remain in our awareness, and that, hopefully, thereby, the birds, beasts and plants will be more in our awareness too. Strengthening the connection.
    One Monday morning, a few weeks ago, I looked out the window and a flash of colour caught my eye. I could see something down the garden, just the other side of the pond (known as ‘The Far side’). So I got my binoculars, and….it was three Goldfinches, feeding on the seeds of some Black knapweed. One of them flew, so I followed its flight and it landed on another clump of Black knapweed, along to the left, where there was another Goldfinch!
    I’ve only ever seen one Goldfinch in our garden before – a few years ago when there was one on a thistle in what we call ‘No Man’s Land’ as it’s now impossible to go there as it’s so overgrown with….stuff.
    Each year, more plants arrive – the Black knapweed are from seed given to me by our friend Linda, and they’re spreading – at first just a few plants, the wind carries the seeds across the garden, and there are more and more of them, which I presume is what attracted the Goldfinches. The different birds visiting increases every year, too, as the plants increase, as well as other forms of life.
    I’m pleased as punch. I stood watching them, through my binoculars, flashing back and forth between the two clumps of Black knapweed, until they flew off. I hope they come back.
    I thought – “The Goldfinch spell is working!”

  6. Anna b hatchett says:

    Would like to bid 444 pounds. Thank you for your lovely work.

  7. Nick G says:

    ooh am i too late again or can I bid 150 please

  8. Nick G says:

    Sorry just seen the 444 query. No rush from me. I’m hoping there are more Goldfinch things!

  9. Anna b hatchett says:

    The bid is indeed serious. I am from Alabama, but I am serious. Thank you. Thought I would bid a good-luck number, since I lost the last auction.

  10. Jackie says:

    Sold, to Anna b. Thank you. Have sent an email to you. Thanks for being so generous in your bidding. xx

  11. Nick G says:

    Wow – nice bid. Congratulations Anna. Love Alabama!

  12. Bernie Bell says:

    Blimey – big thumbs up to Anna!

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