Monday 22nd June

Yesterday all day I struggled with work. By the end of the day I knew that I needed to begin again. Clearing the head, looking for something, keeping down the panic.

I was trying to paint this, which was a desperate image to get work completed on time, but had no heart. All decoration and no heart. And I was trying to paint it too big, because the help Musicians cards are always big pieces. They are always full with people and colour and instruments.


calmNow I am going to paint this instead. 14 years of designing cards for Help Musicians. This one comes complete with the title, The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow. Calm for short. It’s what I need in my life. Hopefully this will work if I can subdue the voices of doubt and gather up some courage. But first, walking, thinking about colours, atmosphere, how to get music into an image.

Listening to Hay Festival Archives. What a wonderful wealth of learning. This one, on Robert MacFarlane and The Old Ways.

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 Monday 22nd June

  1. Lindsay says:

    Your art is always beautiful. Your animals and photos are magical and transport me always away from any cares to your piece of heaven on earth. I always feel you help lift spirits.I wish you all the best for this self doubt to fly off with the choughs and many birds of the sky, and you soon to feel as content and at one as your four legged friends who share your life. Big virtual hugs to you as hugs help hugely. xx

  2. Jude Walker says:

    A beautiful image – full of serenity, Jackie.
    Let the summer winds blow your self doubt away. You are amazing.
    Thankyou for your art.

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