Last night I stayed up too late playing with ink. I had found a small stick of old ink in my new /old paintbox, and in the afternoon painted two otters, one of which sold, and the other was reserved, but I said that I would paint an otter that was done just for the person who ‘might’ want the old ink otter. So, with river water and my new inkstone from the Dragon’s Tail Mountain in China, a ‘she’ stone, and with my favourite ink that smells of incense I inked an otter or three.
So now I am offering three small giants for sale to raise money for the campaign in Yorkshire, to place a copy of The Lost Words in schools in Yorkshire.
The first is the one made during the afternoon from the old, old ink. It’s a tiny stub of ink, beautifully pressed but old and scratchy with dryness and age so I was glad I used my old stone. Even after all these years, perhaps 100, perhaps 200, it was possible to draw out an ink dark beauty and conjure an otter, with a sparkling chine of bubbles.
10 x 25 cms this otter is £200. SOLD, swift as an otter, already, with money donated to The Lost Words for Yorkshire.
This is the same piece again. I thought I had lost it, but the otter had camouflaged itself, swimming against the calligraphy on the cover of my Chinese art book. I keep thinking about cutting myself a signature stone. Maybe.
Next is a questioning swift swimmer, curled. Again 10 x 25 cms, on rough paper, but this one is using the she stone and the pine scented Japanese ink, dark and different.
£200, (SOLD) and money donated via the link above to the Yorkshire campaign.
And then there is this: Infinity Otters no 3: a spell in ink and river water from Aber Mawr, Pembrokeshire, in the hope that there will always be otters.
10 x 25 cms or 25 x 10 ( whichever way up you wish) £300: email me to secure and once confirmed donate to Yorkshire campaign.
If you want to make a donation please do, with the same link above. Every donor has a chance of winning a pair of Dratsies, as everyone, no matter how big or small a donation, will be entered into a draw for the picture below ( again resting against the Chinese art book, and again 10 cms x 25 cms).
It was a late night playing with ink last night, and I need to focus on the very late delivery of the Help Musicians card design I will be continuing work on tomorrow. Almost there, just a couple more days. Last night my desk looked like this:
Tonight it looks like this:
And if you want to see more otters, there are some in The Golden Sheaf in Narberth, some in Richard Booths Bookshop in Hay on Wye and some here, in a visual otter essay with Five Dials.
Coming soon, an article in Elementum Magazine about The Shape of Otters.