Midas’ Children

Watercolour and gold on cotton rag paper
These pieces are between 25x35cm at their greatest length


King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This came to be called the golden touch, or the Midas touch.

One Christmas, in that wonderful downtime between Christmas and New Year, I made a series of drawings of flying and jumping people- just for fun. I wanted to feel what it would be like to fly and float- as sometimes happens in dreams. And I was thinking about that joyous teenage time when anything is possible and jumping into the unknown is easy.

There’s no very serious link to the myth of Midas here- the reference is to the gold and golden children.