Moon, tide, gold, stone, words.

At the beach the tide is peeled so far back to leave an expanse of sand, and we walked in places where human feet can walk only a few times a year.

I carried 3 stones from home, fresh gilded, though one had sat on the fire for a year or so, been warmed, smoothed by hands so the gold was almost gone. Refreshed with moongold it shone bright.

The first stone was placed in water, by the stone bridge.

Pi knows where it lies. Though perhaps by now the tide has taken it.

The second was placed where others have been, but none so fitting as this. It was time to release it, back where it should be, out from the domestic, into the wild.

The next went into the sculpted place that fascinates me.

Such tales told in stone. Colour, line, scent and texture.

The catalogue came today from the Lettering Trust. It is a fine thing of great beauty, to read and to look at. They had been in touch with our agent last year ( mine and Robert’s) to request permission to commission the show. I was lucky enough to see some of the pieces when I was in Snape. And I yearn to make time to learn to cut words into stone.

So, three stones at the beach, and the sea may take them. The beach is wide, the stones are small and the tide is coming in.

There are 4 sheets of fine leaf, white gold, that hold the soul of the largest stone that sat in my home before being returned to its wild home. I am offering these for sale for £120. I will stitch them with silk, and then to some fine paper, sign. Money would go to Lost Words for Bournemouth and Poole, and would place 10 books into schools. Email me to secure before donating.

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 Moon, tide, gold, stone, words.

  1. Els says:

    at awe …
    nature creates … Jackie creates …

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    Re. carving stone……here on Orkney, in Happy Valley, there are little carvings to be found, on the benches, and also, stone labels for the plants, with their names, and images, carved into them. Ask Kris Drever – he’ll tell you.

    https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/04/20/bernie-bell-orkney-walks-with-stories-happy-valley/

  3. Bernie Bell says:

    I am unashamedly luring you to Orkney.
    I was trying to find some pictures of the carvings at Happy Valley – I failed to do so, but I did find this…….

    https://www.orkneyology.com/brinkies-brae.html

    Keep reading, until you get to the stone with the lark words on it……………

    • Jackie says:

      One day I will come. I just need to stay home and paint. My work is suffering from too much travelling and it unravels my head. I’m all booked up now until October, after which I will travel with The Lost Words exhib and with Spellsongs. So, the only way to get me there is if there’s a galery that wants to host the Lost Words exhib….. but this is lovely. Thank you.

  4. Bernie Bell says:

    I’m all in favour of your staying at home for a bit, Jackie – you need to – the place needs you to. It’s your home.
    Take your time.
    Then make it a holiday.

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