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Today’s Postcard: Blackthorn blossoms
A morning of mists cannot disguise the beautiful inevitable: spring is here. A tiny fern, half an inch long yet thriving in that first electric green, that bright green of delicate starts: growing between roots on the path by the beach. Elsewhere the primroses are self-assured and the sea campions just emerging from their winter bladders. But it’s the blackthorn blossom that really turned my head. Yesterday’s painting owed a nod to van Gogh’s boots painting; today the jumbled lines and layers are a little bit Burne-Jones, that languid-lined Pre-Raphaelite.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): Ivory Black with Viridian for the base; Sap Green, Cadmium Green Pale, Burnt Sienna tinted with Titanium White; Flesh Tint and Light Pink with a touch of Cerulean for the blossoms. Layers of controlled chaos.
Brush: Size 10 filbert (bristle); Sizes 2 and 4 round (synthetic sable).
I hope that you like the painting.
Baggins (sleek collie, almost blue-black like the tilt of a magpie); the fourth musketeer;
Watson Jones, cairn terrier: copse and coast guard; Sopwith Camel pilot a la Muttley;
Naomi: dastardly watercolourist and companion to Baggins.