Ochre paints, charcoal, chalk and tree gums were part of a giveaway to mark 2000 followers on Instagram. They went to an artist in the USA.
Happy New Year!
Greetings from the river Thames, where I stand at my desk in my floating studio, wishing you all the very best for the year ahead. I am involved in several projects and events this year, with more being added over the next few weeks. I will be teaching wild materials around the story ‘The Wild Swans’ at Sharon Blackie‘s mini-festival HedgeWise in April and teaching wild inks again in Sweden in the spring. There will be a seaweed ink expedition to Mull in the summer and ochre-foraging trips in England in July and November. I hope to be showing work in Wales in the summer and Dartington in November too, and as dates and venues are set I will post all of this here and on my Instagram. Meanwhile it’s willow foraging time, and in the studio there is much drawing with earths, lichen, fungi and plant colours, as well as making buckskin, bark-tan leather and other crafts.
All this to say, the hand made life continues in all seasons. The Oak Gall Ink workshop in November was a great success. Coming up is Painting on Buckskin on 25th January, there is one place left. After that we have Making Hand Made Natural Watercolours from Scratch on 8th and 9th February. There are places remaining on the 9th, get in touch if you would like to come along. The venue is near Hampton Court, UK.
Wishing you all the very best for your life and art in the coming year.
It’s been a busy couple of months, with Wild Twins 2 full of sunshine and wild art in West Cork. Thanks to all who came and made it such a wonderful week. Photos and a write up on the website soon…
Next week my work illustrating Andreas Kornevall’s writing about Norse myth will be featuring in The Clearing, an online magazine from publisher Little Toller, I will put the link in my news section as soon as it is live. My latest article for Dark Mountain is here. It details my time under the trunk of a great fallen oak tree last autumn, and how returning to earth periodically keeps me sane and hale.
My work will feature shortly in print and online in Earth Island Journal, and at Wild Pigment Project online, and I will post snippets here as soon as they are finished. There are many projects awaiting the right time to announce, including an artist residency in a city farm, a possible illustrated book with a great author, and some collaborations. For now, it’s back to work for me, as I am off to the woods tomorrow to make buckskin and moccasins again, in the embrace of the wild wood.
There will be monthly classes in all the techniques and disciplines which teach, and I am looking forward to launching those over the summer, and taking bookings for September. These will be small classes of up to 6 people, held at my home on The Thames. Do get in touch if you are interested in wild pigments, birch bark boxes, hand made watercolours, colour theory, drawing, painting and so much more. Updates and pictures post daily on my Instagram account, @foundandground
Best wishes from the river.
The Wild Twins course I run in Ireland in early May with writer Paul Kingsnorth has one more bursary place, as a student had to drop out, and the non-refundable deposit means we can reduce the price for someone on lower means, it is 699 Euros rather than 950 Euros. All the details are here. If you or a friend you know would like to come, get in touch. Please feel free to pass this info on.
The venue Sherkin Island North Shore is amazing… Great food, wonderful hosts, wild Atlantic beauty.
Thanks to all who came and made this course so great. There’ll be much more on this website soon, but for now here’s a few pictures. Paul’s Wyrd School is launched, and Wild Twins was everything we’d hoped for and more, as the folks who attended brought so much expertise, enthusiasm and openness. Paul brought his wild writing, and I brought a very large bag of rocks and feathers… and we worked all week in a light-filled room 12 feet from the edge of the ocean, pulling apart our old notions, listening to the land and water speak, watching the sea otters watch us back, and responding freshly with our materials of earth.
Go to Paulkingsnorth.net/course for more details, price and venue. We’ll be out in nature and waist deep in story, myth, beauty and radical connection to the land. Artists will respond to writers and vice versa. Image and text will re-join as they should, twins who are too often split apart in the world of adult books. This course will suit any one who writes, paints or draws, at what ever level, who sincerely wants to reconnect to land, wild nature (inner and outer) and to the deep red thread of story in their work.