Beauty

Day began with walking at the beach where creatures drew patterns in the sand. Lines drawings of journeys.

Later, coffee with a friend and I was reminded of some work that I keep seeing. First it was a giant sparrow on the wall of a building in Haverfordwest. I drove around town twice so I could take a second look. Beautiful. Then in the homes of friends, small birds landing.

I remembered that the gallery in Solva had some of this work in the window, so went to see, and found…

Warren’s work is gorgeous. Understated, beautifully drawn, small souls of birds painted on wood. Each bird looks as if it might fly away any second. And the gallery is such a peaceful, interesting place to be.

I bought a small flock to hang on the walls once I have painted them. We talked about the shape of birds, how all drawing is from memory, how to catch that shape and how the only way to learn is to do, over and over. And after I had bought a robin and four sparrows I said he really should put his prices up. (My advice is to get in there now and fast, because these are such beautiful creatures)

I think this says it all….. ‘I would like to paint the way a bird sings’……… you can take that in many ways.

You can see more of Warren’s work in Oriel Fach in Solva, near the Harbour Inn, or online on his website.

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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2 Responses to Beauty

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    Sparrers! Aren’t they brilliant! The big painting, is what happens in the top of the fuschia bush in our garden. They gather there, because they can keep an eye on the bird feeder, and the bird bath, and sit in the sun, while doing so. And in the top of the bit we call The Jungle, when they see us coming down the garden to throw grain in there for all the residents. I love them – quarrelling, scrapping, fluffing, chirruping – full of it.

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    PS Your tweets re. the Japanese whaling, reminded me of this…………..a different place, but the same thoughts, apply……….I sent this to the ‘comments’ in an article in ‘The Orkney News’ about the Faroes’ annul slaughter of whales……………. https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/04/19/the-faroes-self-governing-islands/
    And, of course – take part in any actions which you come across – petitions, emailing The Powers That Be etc etc – keep working at it – doing what we can.

    “I accept that I’m an old hippie, and that my way isn’t always other folk’s way, but I’m going to post this anyway. Years ago, when I first head of what happens in the Faroes, with the whales and other marine life which get caught up in the slaughter, I wrote the following to a friend who was also concerned about it and wondering what she could do. It’s worth a try – nothing ventured, nothing gained.
    ****************************************************************************
    “Hi
    I was sitting, thinking about what could be done about that slaughter, as well as what the International wildlife groups are presumably doing, already. Here’s what it came to me to do………
    I was sitting, thinking about it, when it came into my mind, to ask the dolphins, to avoid the Faroe Islands. To connect with the dolphins, in the ocean of energy which is all life, and, in that place, ask them, or advise them, to avoid that area of sea. I held an image of that bay in my mind, and projected it to them, asking them to avoid it, to avoid the Faroe Islands, though they probably think of them by another sound than we do. I’m not sure how the people get them all into the bay, possibly by surrounding them in boats and ‘herding’ them, so, I also advised, that when the boats surround them, to dive deep, swim under the boats, and out to sea. The main message I was sending, was to avoid that place, as they will be killed, and I sent them images of the place, so they’d know where I mean. I did this, very intensely and intensively.
    This may sound a bit nuts, but I’ve done something similar before, when I asked the mice to leave our attic. I connected with all of mice-kind, and asked them to leave, I proposed that they could live in the bank at the bottom of our garden, in the summer, and in the shed in the winter, but not in the attic. And, they left, never to return! Andrew Appleby did something similar when he had a rabbit problem. It’s not quite the same as the dolphins, but it’s a similar idea.
    Have you ever read ‘Supernature’ by Lyall Watson? in that, he describes how creatures of the same species, but miles and miles apart, all suddenly ‘learn’ how to do something. Collective conciousness. In that case, they’re the same species, but I don’t see why communication shouldn’t cross species, with good-will as the main idea.
    So, Liz, I gave it a go. It felt right. It’s worth a try. It’s always worth a try!
    I thought I’d tell you about it, as you might be interested in the idea. Even when we feel quite powerless, there’s always something we can do. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
    Keep on wishing for the good stuff!
    Love
    Bernie”

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