Home, from London, tired. It is a long way. With the sun shining I decided to walk on the beach and paint inky otters.
The crowd funding is almost done. Five Days left. And I want to play with ink.
Today I painted, conjured, two otters, using Japanese ink. So dark. A beautiful texture on the paper. Fluid. The yearning for ink came at the Foundling. I drew a pair of otters with pencil, while speaking the otter spell. But liquid is my first language, water-colour, and others are muscle and blood and bone but they are fluid. So today I played.
Both were to be offered for sale at £1 000, for a short time only. The offer closes on 9th Feb at 6.30, and payment needs to be made, on exchange of emails, direct to the crowdfunder.
But the first, the running otter, sold before I could even blog the idea, and payment has already been made.
The second, ‘Ever dreamed of being otter’, holds in its paw a labyrinth stone which I will gild tomorrow. It will be sold to the first person who leaves a comment on the blog post with an offer of £1 000. I will post a picture of the piece finished tomorrow. Waiting for the ink to dry. There will also be a line for the otter to stand on. A fine line of gold.
Stones have been painted too, so I have more gold fragile things to post and stones to leave as wild gifts.
In between times I walked on the beach with Ann, to whom The Lost Words is dedicated. I joked that given the success of the book I should dedicate all my books to her. Ann taught me the names of things, and the name I love most of all that she taught me is the silver-y moth. And we left a stone.
I gave her a stone and she placed it beside the pond in her garden, sent me a picture later.
Meanwhile, outside my studio there is a pile of curious creatures.
Still reeling from the brilliance that is Kerry Andrew, who brought a room to tears with her setting to music of Mr Macfarlane’s bluebell spell. She enchanted the whole room. More on that later.
So, if you feel that the otter with the stone wishes to live with you then leave me a comment and I will be in touch to let you know the next step.