Welcome to Postcards from Pembrokeshire (Day 10/365)
Today's Postcard: Towards Wiseman's Bridge
Sometimes the best things sneak up even though you know they're there. Walking down the tramway as I have for the whole week with CJ the mad sweet collie and Watson (there's no excuse) Jones at 7.30 a.m. , and seeing this delicious, nearly blinding light with the land lump towards Monkstone, and the shimmery lane and late summer ferns, all has to be well. If it's not, time to stop and look for longer than you're used to perhaps. I know I'm guilty of not.
I started this painting with a sketch in oils and a glance over my shoulder to check the dogs were ok. Then Watson ran off after a squirrel or a leaf, CJ followed him so I did the same, mumbling politely under my breath. Then other things came up (including my lovely painting class) and then home. Then I walked the dog in the rain with my in-laws and their CJ. Then back to paint, with a tired soggy dog ready for his nap.
Paint: on top of my homemade Tir Penalun: dark inky trees and leafy canopy with Permanent Mauve/Hooker's Green mix (HGreen better in a mix I think) with white spirit so it dries really quickly. Then Sap Green/Cadmium Green Pale/Lemon Yellow melange depending upon what was needed to get the push/pull of the trees right. Kings Blue Light with T.White for the sky, P.Mauve/Phthalo Blue for the land mass. Flesh Tint and P.Mauve /T.White tint for the lane lights.
Brushes: big Size 18 splodger for the ground/earth colour; Size 2 round, Size 2 filbert.
Confession: it felt odd finishing this summery painting this evening after getting home dripping wet. But this morning was such a sunny a memory so there we are, I look to the light more perhaps.
Hope you like the painting, I have doubts about it's roughness maybe,