Small Giants for Yorkshire.

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.

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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4 Responses to Small Giants for Yorkshire.

  1. Carol Burnett says:

    Saw Lost Words exhibition opening week in Edinburgh RBGE- entranced, thrilled, uplifted. Back days later with friend who was also taken aback by how moving and truly magical it was. Has to be for me one of best art exhibitions seen for many years ,as captured what is most precious, most worth fighting for, for our own health and well being as well as for the natural world

    • Jackie says:

      Thank you Carol. That’s so lovely to hear. I know when it was at Compton Verney and The Foundling Museum it often was visited over and over as people found it to be a place of peace. We have Antonia Harrison to thank for its conception. She saw the potential for the exhibition right at the beginning of the project when only a couple of pieces f work had been painted. And the frames are so lovely, by John Mitchel in Haverfordwest.
      Hoping the show will tour more venues. It is going to Yorkshire next year.

  2. FELICITY LANE says:

    Jackie, I would like to purchase your otters / make donation to the York and North Yorkshire campaign. I am from Knaresborough. Please contact me. Thank you, Felicity

  3. Bernie Bell says:

    I saw an exhibition by Howard Hardiman yesterday, and I’ve sent him a link to your blog, saying “Here Be Bears….and Otters….and Dragons!”. And so, now, I’m sending you a link to his work as I think that you, and your blog-followers, will probably like what he does.
    Spreading the good stuff.
    More magic.

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