When wren whirrs

Robert asked if I had any film of me painting a piece for The Lost Words. I didn’t. Unlike my usual process much of the work I had done for the book was kept hidden from view until the book was ready for sale, so I just hadn’t taken pictures, unless it was to see things from a different angle. But we both wanted to do a special piece of work, centred on the book, featuring wrens, so I thought I would film it. The first film was a fantastic fail, as I put the camera over my right shoulder. Very good pictures of the back of my hand! So, using more thought I set the camera up over my left, like a little dark angel.

Then I painted a wren. And next I tried to work with iMovie to speed up and couple the film with the beautiful music of Kerry Andrew. Wow, she is mesmeric in her sound sculpted  song. Later Robert came to my studio and I filmed him writing the words on the piece, a long picture. The wren is a small island of paint. Writing moves across the page. And after the media team at Penguin took and crafted the film, this is the result.

Please share, and do go and listen to more of Kerry’s music. She also has a book coming soon, because she is a young and multi talented beautiful kingfisher haired genius.

She has a sound cloud, but if you love her work buy her cd on download or in the real. We all need audiences to keep us painting, writing, singing. You Are Wolf. Gorgeous.

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 When wren whirrs

  1. Anne Plowright says:

    Another brilliant and beautiful piece of work ! I love the singing too, so appropriate, simply lovely. That book would sound lovely as a cd too! Hope you do it, you both have the right voice for it! Best wishes for rest of your tour!

  2. Els says:

    wonderful to see it grow 🙂

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