within sight of the sea

Within Sight Of The Sea cover

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was preparing drawings for a publication. The publication is now live and is available as an e-book. This collaboration brings together poetry by Nigel Morgan (if you have my book Tide Marks you will have come across his beautiful poems already) with my illustrations taken from various sketchbooks. Many of these drawings were done en plain air, attempting to capture something of the experience of these places, although they weren’t done in the knowledge that they would later be publicly viewed – this kind of sketchbook is a very personal record of place.

These images and words blend together as evidence of such visits in each other’s company, and occasionally alone. Some of what you see or read has come into being in situ, others as dream memories. Together they form a record of time spent unconfined, in the opened air and the pressing wind, sighting distance, or observing the close confusion of what lies at the feet, or near at hand.

Having had the very rewarding experience of publishing a small number of books so far, initially with help and then as my own publisher, the concept of the e-book is one I am very interested in. It has to be the ultimate in sustainable publications – no actual materials being used etc. But, being a hands-on craft-orientated artist, the fact that I can’t hold this thing in my hands, turn the pages and feel the surface of the paper is something I have to put aside and accept: this is a different experience. Collaboration pushes you in directions that you might not have taken on your own, provides new possibilities and opportunities to learn as a result.

Alice Fox Llyn sketch 2


11 thoughts on “within sight of the sea

  1. I just had a look at the e-book. Just like you, I feel the need to touch and feel the actual thing, especially when it looks so lovely and interesting. I hope there is a future for recycled-paper publications. I’m bookmarking it, need to buy an e-reader first 🙂

    • Thanks for looking at it. I understand that there is a free Kindle app that you can download onto a tablet, phone or computer so you don’t actually need a special device, should you decide to. I’m fairly new to such things but I’m told it works!

    • Thanks for the info! As you can see, I’m a newbie to such things too. I’ll see if I can successfully download the app, fingers crossed.

  2. Saw this posting this morning but took some time to look through some of Nigel’s poems. What a wonderful collaboration. I have used some poems for four pieces of my latest work but they don’t have such a wonderful connection as I didn’t know the poets … much as I feel I do!! Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, my American awakenings when I was at school there in the 1960’s and more recently Mary Oliver.

    • That’s great Judith. I think poetry can be a very rich companion to visual work, whether you have a connection to the poet or not.

  3. I bought the book, and linked to it from a blogpost. It would be lovely, as well, to have links to sound files so we can hear the poet or artist read aloud. Or sound/video links to each collaborators’ thoughts about the work, both individually and as collaborator.

  4. I agree that books are much better than ebooks – but our house is like an extension to the British Library. I bought the ebook!

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