We had a long walk on the shore one evening. It was a hot day and the cool breeze was so welcome as we wandered along the edge of the water. It was alive with birds, the many bird calls echoed across the estuary. And to my delight lots and lots of feathers. Of course I had to collect some and so many to choose from.
We had a little danger ourselves, as the sand was wet and very slippery. With a hand full of my finds I was well aware of the wet sinking sands after quite a high tide and keep away from it. The tide line was full of beautiful pieces of seaweed and many crabs of all different sizes and we saw some small jelly fish washed onto the grass. I had decided to just collect some feathers. I had plenty to choose from and gathered a black and white one from the oyster catcher, and some brown and white striped curlew feathers, assorted gull feathers and a delicate white and brown patterned feather to name a few.
I already had plenty but collected the three brown and white patterned gulls feathers as I knew they would make an interesting ink drawing.
Needless to say I felt huge pressure to make some nice drawings of the shell after ruining his shoe. It is an interesting shell with lots of bumps and growths of smaller sea creatures attached to the shell. First I sat outside on a lovely day and used the fine black ink pens.
I really enjoyed drawing the three feathers, in a new eco book with recycled paper. The two together were drawn outside and the third feather was drawn indoors on a different day using my acrylic inks and a paint brush. They are three beautiful feathers and I will be giving them some more of my time with some careful drawings indoors and insect free.
Last week on a really wet day I decided to also use my new soft Lino and tools and used the feathers as the subject. I did not plan or draw any image, I just cut freehand with the tools and this is what happened.
I printed it in green printing ink and was pleased with this first attempt. It took several hours of carving and gave me a better idea of how it feels to use.
I also been giving more of my time recording the colours of the blue shell.
Then how beautiful to see the hills again. Every day is different, the views are from my window towards the Lakeland hills.