The family on a tight rope, watercolour and ink, 42x30cm – free give away for a story I realise that I begin most paintings in a visual and entirely non-verbal way. The title might give some clue as to what I think it could be about but paintings are mostly give reign to my imagination, making them up as I go along. This painting is not a myth or even a story yet. But it could be. Experimenting with inspiration from Marina Warner’s world of myth and ekphrasis, I decided to write a short ekphrastic story version afterwards. Read my ‘mythic versioning’ on my new Ekphrasis page.  Or if you are intrigued and inspired by the cast of characters, possible plots and metaphors, email me your ‘story’ version by July 20th 2022 and I’ll post the painting for free to whoever sends me the best myth. The story is yet to be written – or if has been, there’s always a different version. Email: