I was supposed to be working on The Panda’s Child, but somehow couldn’t settle. And then a new story crashed through. Well, not entirely crashed. It worked its way into heart and mind and wouldn’t let go. And I wrote it, to quieten its voice in my mind, but then over a few weeks, reworked it. And still it wouldn’t leave me in peace, until all the roughs were done and there was no room in my mind for pandas because it was full with hares.

So, working on a dummy book, text and sample images for Frankfurt and I still have no contract for this and this is the most work I have ever done on a book with no contract and I still feel restless but have finally settled to paint.

New beginningsSome hours laterA long way to go and thoughts about quilts or blanketSnails and should there be spidersHaresStill working it all outBored bored bored. LalalalallaAlmost thereMAybe finished, maybe not. Will leave to settle for a while.It needs more work, but sometimes it’s hard to let go and don’t want to overwork.

This spread comes about half way through the story and the composition is pulled very much from a painting that has haunted me for years, a sketch in colour by Kokoschka.


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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5 Responses to Influence.

  1. Mo Crow says:

    how beautiful Jackie! I say go for it but then again i really don’t like working to contracts, gave them up last century!

  2. I thought it echoed, I had a postcard of that Kokoschka painting over my fireplace when i was a student. It is a lovely image to crash in on you, even if it is stopping you doing other things

  3. Tammie says:

    this is magically gorgeous!
    i loved seeing each image, watching it come to life.
    thank you for sharing the stages.

  4. Stuart Hill says:

    great to see the process and development of a picture, Jackie. Every artist is different and it’s fascinating to see how the image evolves from the alchemy of blank paper and the artist’s mind.

    I saw the work of Tamsin Abbot recently in the Herefordshire Art Week event. Wonderful! But it wasn’t until I’d left her studio that I remembered she’s a member of the Sisterhood of Ruralists. Is there a chance that you’ll ever do a touring exhibition so that those of us trapped in industrialised cities can have a cleansing breath of the countryside?

  5. Brenda says:

    This is a delight to see!!!!
    You are so fortunate to have your wonderful talent!
    Thanks so much for sharing your work for others to enjoy!

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