I am moving from week to week in a whirl, painting. The deadline for The Lost Words is not until April, but between now and then there is so much work to do and the work is so utterly absorbing that sometimes when I finish a painting I feel like I am coming up for air. I am lost myself in these words, but loving the challenge. And meanwhile the dogs don’t let me sot for too long.
We have walked the hills and the woods and today we walked along a path that I haven’t walked for a few years, along a bridleway then over a stile onto some ground where snipe and pheasants hunker down in clumps of golden grass. A strange path, it has always felt a little haunted, almost malevolent where it passes, narrow between two bodies of marsh and pool and then out onto the airfield. Overgrown in one place the path diverts past a small apple tree laden with bright fruit. Tomorrow, if the weather is good I will return with my camera. Today I picked two apples, for breakfast, and we walked back over the marsh where Ivy ran wild in her hunt for birds. Then home to paint.
And in the meantime Graffeg have produced a notebook, Quiet Notes. You should be able to buy them in all good bookshops, and Solva Woollen Mill will have them in soon and Number Seven Dulverton and New Brewery have them now, or you can buy from Graffeg’s website. ( Solva now have signed copies of The White Fox, published by Barrington Stoke, a small book you can read in an evening, like watching a film. Read it aloud. It’s better that way) But back to the notebook. I have two here to give away. But I have drawn in them.
One is on The House of Golden Dreams. One is here. To win the one on the House of golden Dreams you need to go to the page and leave a comment under the thread with the notebook on. To win the one from here, just leave a comment on this blog post. Pictured below is the notebook for The House of Golden Dreams. I will add the other in the next couple of days and please, if you want to, do comment in both places. They are lovely notebooks, a good size, smooth paper, perhaps a bit too white for my liking but lovely to draw or write in.
On the first page there is a sketch of the owl woman.
Hopefully if this one sells well there will be more.
In the meantime I am off to curl up with Pi and the cats and Ivy by the fire.