Things of beauty.

Hannah's A level final piece

Above is Hannah’s final art piece for her A level. It is done in Quink ink and lino on watercolour paper.

When my daughter was about 10 a friend saw her drawing. ” Well,” they said, ” You’re a chip off the old block aren’t you.” My 10 year old daughter looked up from her drawing and fixed them with her gimlet eye. ” I think you will find that I am a perfectly new block, actually,” she replied.

I was proud of her then and I am proud of her now. And her brother. Both of them passed their driving tests this week. Both are astonishing adults. Hannah has a place at Kingston to do art foundation. Tom is taking his time, looking around, has just come back from rowing in the gig rowing championships in the Scilly Isles. Both are fierce when angry ( when hungry) and retain an element of toddler that is terrifying in a teenager! ( I think they learned that from me). And Hannah has a blog.

And meanwhile my lovely friend Daf and Claire are just starting this journey of parent-being, with Betsi Mair, who is just so very beautiful. I have met her before but then she was curled up and dancing in her mum. Looking forward to watching her dreaming and growing, and to writing a book, just for her.

Betsi Mair Rees, so beautiful

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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2 Responses to Things of beauty.

  1. Judy Astley says:

    What a completely beautiful post. Hannah’s A-level piece looks great. And if she needs somewhere for a Proper Meal and a Thames-side place just to relax/grumble/breathe etc as a break from Kingston, I’m just down the road via bus 281 at Twickenham. xx

  2. I’ve sent a link of your daughter’s website to my 20yr old daughter Chloe for inspiration. About babies, little Betsi looks like the sweetest thing in the world. We’re on baby watch here in the Pacific Northwest too because my middle child, Kerstin, is expecting her second any day now. Wonder what he or she will look like…so exciting. I’ll be giving your books for both of my grandchildren as soon as they get out of the ripping paper pages stage.

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