clearingclearing2Nearing the end of a book that began some years ago is almost as difficult as being at the beginning. Working hard to try and keep a rhythm working in the paintings, and at the same time Hannah is coming to the end of her time at school. We both have much to do. Unhappy with the green and the trees of the girl in the clearing I reworked the whole image and whilst not satisfied with the woodland as it is now I do prefer it.

Meanwhile, outside there are patches of rich gold, gorse and cowslips. With my studio windows open on a blue sky day I can hear the chicks that have hatched in the magpies’ nest and the jackdaws too. Walking at the airfield the skylarks made the air loud and beautiful.

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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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6 Responses to Deadlines.

  1. I had no idea Gorse was so beautiful. I wonder what kind of vegetable dye it would make and will look that up. May your rhythm hold steady in the busy of your days.

    • Jackie says:

      I know that people would put eggs and gorseflowers in water to colour the eggs yellow at easter. And here is a link to a page of dyers recipes. The flowers smell strongly of sweet coconut. Beautiful. And they say that kisses are only in season when gorse is in flower. They bloom as golden bushes this time of year, but even in the depths of winter there are always flowers somewhere.

  2. marilyn ritter says:

    I sense the presence of all the ginger cats and think I see their ghosts. I do miss them so.

  3. grace says:

    I love the way the creatures of the forest are concealed and revealed, just as that moment of wonder when one first sees the presence of another in the forest.

  4. Saviour Pirotta says:

    Oooh, why is the girl in the top picture lying down on the grass? Has she fallen or thrown herself? Is she hurt, sad or lost? So many possibilities to explore….

    • Jackie says:

      She is asleep. Unaware of what awaits and what she has done. Soon she will wake. Soon she will know. Then she will have to make choices.

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