Later in the afternoon I returned to see what I might find to draw. The ground was wet, flooded areas and large pools everywhere I walked. I traced my path along the banking of the tidal river, I was now walking on places that were totally underwater a few hours earlier. I could hear the constant sound of trickling water, water running back off the banks, water running in many different directions as it drained off the grassy shore. At places it dripped, huge dripping waterfalls, and deep gullies were carved into the soggy sand. More erosion, the once grass banking dropping off into the sand and the sea creeping nearer to the railway line. The need for the limestone barriers never more apparent.
As I wandered on the shore I could see it had been swept clean, the places I usually cross and my normal little pathways had mostly been altered and changed by this sea water and all its power. Just like a new hairstyle, the grass seemed as if it had been combed with brylcreemed waves, this wiped away my familiarity and I had to choose new foot paths on my walk. I found a jelly fish abandoned by the tide and larger clumps of seaweed ripped from their roots. The pieces I collected were left tangled in the grass right against the fence on the boundaries of the shore. I liked their details, they seemed so small from out of the vast sea. I choose them for their shape and I gave them lots of time as I recorded them over the next three days.
I used black Indian ink and a little white acrylic ink for the feather. The orange, brown and yellow made the colours of the seaweed and black Indian ink and green for the other piece. I don't know if you are supposed to mix these inks with the Indian ink but I did. I worked carefully, I felt they deserved to be treated like special treasures after witnessing their life in the sea.
I did actually draw the little branch of the red berries and will try to find more shells, in reply to the comment. Millyx
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