Feather and stone; or, The Shape of a Bird

So many people, who know little about not much, will take to social media to denounce people who have studied subjects for years.

Walking the other day I found a feather, and wondered, if I found such a thing, but knew nothing of birds, how could I possibly understand the shape of the creature it fell from? It reminded me of the angry people, on twitter. And so I painted this.

Then I gilded some more stones. And now I have more ideas. Feathers and stones.

But once again this is what I like, from this day’s work. A fragment of gold. An accidental remnant.

Tomorrow, if all goes well, I will meet The Lost Words. It has been a long birth.

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 Feather and stone; or, The Shape of a Bird

  1. Khadim Chishti says:

    I gather feathers and stones to touch the earth and sky. At the bottom of our steps to our apartment I have placed 5 crow feathers and seven stones. You have inspired me to paint the stones. I honor your work. Khadim

  2. Dawn Will says:

    What a fascinating thought, I must go in search of feathers to ponder further. As always Jackie, thank you for your words. Enjoy meeting “The Lost Words”, how wonderful after a long wait.

  3. Bernie Bell says:

    Have you ever come across that idea of……ask 5 people to close their eyes, then present each of them with a different part of an elephant – presuming they’ve never come across an elephant before – ask them to describe what they think this beast looks like.
    Knowledge is a GOOD THING.
    A wider view, is a VERY GOOD THING.
    So are stones and feathers.
    It’s good that you’re enjoying your……time off…break….whatever it is!

  4. Bernie Bell says:

    Am I seeing things? I was looking at your drawing of the feather, and….I saw a flying goldfinch – near the top , left-hand side. This may have been prompted by my having just seen the flying goldfinches on the cover of ‘The Lost Words’. Each time I look though – there it is – the flying goldfinch. Now I’ve seen him, I can’t not see him.
    Then, lower down, there’s a disgruntled young cuckoo, glaring out at me. Is cuckoo one of the lost words?
    I think, for the sake of my brain, I’ll stop looking!

  5. Melanie says:

    I’ve also been inspired by these gilded pebbles to create my own version, which I’m going to return back to the beach this afternoon.

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