It’s like a curious trade. I paint otters to sell, and the money becomes books that are given to schools, to green the classrooms and act as a catalyst for learning natural literacy.
I’m working on three things at the moment. Maybe four.
The first is two large walls at Compton Verney. I’ve never done anything like this before, and am hoping that with the help of Penguin Design we can make something beautiful.
Meanwhile I have been chasing words to go with the image. Every day, all day, trying to find the right ones. And I think, perhaps, now I have them. Finding them has involved listening to the spaces in between the song of finches, and watching swallows fly. The White Cat took a look. He thinks they are ok.
Meanwhile the campaigns for The Lost Words in schools continues, and as the sats results come out, telling many children that they are just not up to the mark, that they haven’t achieved the correct standard, then I think there’s even more need for it.
So, I have otters for sale, at the moment all the small ones are for Nottinghamshire, where they have three days left to raise enough to place a copy of the book in all schools in Notts.
Above, £175. (Sold)
Below, Small Giant Twisting, £150 ( Sold)
And below, Mother and Child, (175). All of these are 10 x 25cms ( despite Mother and Child looking huge!) Please email me first to secure before donating to The Lost Words for Nottingham.
And then there are two large pieces. The first, a Twister with a chine of bubbles, on cream handmade paper, with sumi ink.
Beautiful sand coloured paper, called Two Rivers, (the colour doesn’t really show in the photo). This piece is £1000, donated to Notts, and will go half way to placing a copy in all secondary schools in Nottinghamshire. Do email first to secure, although should this sell, I can do another piece, similar, never the same, on request.
The second is an otter for Yorkshire. A diving splash of an otter painted in Sumi ink on Arches paper. This piece is also £1000. Both the Splash and the Twister are 56 x 76 cms.