Distracted by light and water and ink.


Whitesands Beach, PembrokeshirekelppatternsWhitesands in St Davids, Pembrokeshire at low tide on a Spring tideThere are days when nothing happens according to plan. We walked in the morning mist, soft air, birdsong and golden gorse flowers. Then I was supposed to get on with work, with three days left to produce 4 more roughs and a finished piece of work for Bologna. But…….. well….. the tide was out, and it was warm, so warm. So we walked on the beach and lingered and watched the tide go out and out and walked where so few people can. Spring tide, almost full moon, wide beach.

In between truanting I played with ink. I have so very many ideas for things I want to do……

Moongazing hare in inkThe first thing was to play with ink and rice paper. There is something about working in black and white that I have always enjoyed. Here all detail is dropped. More of a meditation on a hare than a painting. Grinding the ink on the stone adds to the process.

Crouched hare

Inari looked towards the moon in search of her goddess

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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7 Responses to Distracted by light and water and ink.

  1. dinahmow says:

    Ah! The fluidity of ink, trailed across clean paper. And, yes, working the stone *is* meditative.

    • Jackie says:

      Ah, but what was I supposed to be doing? Ah yes, roughs and spread for The Panda’s Child. And now my head is full of horses and sparrows and hares and also lurking things that want to be printed.

  2. Your ink and brush drawings have a delightful wildness about them.

  3. I love these ink drawings.Will you ever make prints of them?They have such spirit in them. Rachel

  4. Oh my.. your photos have made me ache to wander on that beach!
    x

  5. Carrie says:

    Is that Whitesands? Its looks beautifully cool and bright, I am really looking forward to our yearly trip to Wales in the spring, getting the kids to the seaside and our favourite Welsh beaches! I love the ink drawings… I have a small ceramic hare by a local artist on my mantel piece that looks very like your crouching hare drawing… really lovely!

  6. Kim says:

    Beautiful beach photos and the ink sketches are gorgeous, full of life.

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