Home, with ink.

Too much travelling around leaves my mind unravelling. Back home in my studio I had a week to try and pull myself together for a photography shoot. Now, that’s even worse than being away. The more travelling I do the more my home is a harbour, and this week I have been interviewed by Caroline from The Bookseller, for a piece about publishing in Wales, and also photographed for another magazine. Fortunately both Caroline and nato ( the photographer are lovely and professional. But now, just for a week, I’ve time to settle, paint, think, walk. And, I found treasures while I was tidying. Fairy lights for the duck ( I had said on twitter that I was hoovering the duck, but in the end I used a feather duster, which seemed more appropriate), and badges.

Today at the airfield I bathed my ears in the song of larks and cuckoo.

I’ve prints to prep, for an exhibition at Richard Booths Bookshop in Hay on Wye. The show is on now and until end August. Work may change as and when paintings sell. There’s new work, including otters, signed books and prints.

Back in the studio, thinking about 3 different jobs, easing my soul with the movement of dark ink. I’ve new paper, large sheets, thick, textured. perfect for the liquid souls of otters.

75 x 105 cms

£2 500 unframed

and below, same price, same size, either way up, Dancing Dratsies.

Below is a Small Giant, sold faster than painted, all money going to the Dorset Crowdfunder to place a copy of The Lost Words in all schools in Dorset. 101 wonderful supporters have so far raised £3 300 taking the target to 92% funded. Now with only 3 days to go it still needs £300. Hopefully there will be another Small Giant in the next 3 days, but every little helps. We are seeing the most astonishing work coming from schools where inspirational teachers are firing children’s minds with thoughts of green…..

Just look at these, from the children of Hotwells Primary School in Bristol.

How very wonderful, to see such words and images spinning from the catalyst of our book and children so very engaged in their school day. Another school reported that the children wanted to stay in and write poetry in their break time. Just wonderful.

 

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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3 Responses to Home, with ink.

  1. Wow, beautiful words from the children.

  2. Jane Dorfman says:

    Wonderful otters and poems. How nice to think they were drawn out of the children by your book.

  3. Yes, wonderful indeed. Thank you for sharing and for being the catalyst

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