Welcome to Postcards from Pembrokeshire (Day19/365)
Today’s Postcard: “Bread with Cheese”
Woke early, roof window framing a sky the colour of beaten eggs or a baked sweet potato. Naples Yellow w/ shake of Indian Red. Extraordinary. More so because WatsonJonesChaserofStones didn’t stir. Not until it was raining cats and reluctant dogs did he approach the altar of collar and lead. Now you want go out, in this? Every drop on every leaf was a tiny tin drum; Monkstone Point, the stalwart through our window, gone. The oaks in the big field: wrapped in grey like a misty Christo.
A still life day. A beans on toast day. With cheese and, according to my sage friend and curator Mark, marmite…now that would be a useful colour. Warm Marmite. Molasses Brown. An at-home day, warm and cosy and grazing on anything and everything between meals.
I’m fibbing. Bob my fab father-in-law and I went to our bread-baking class in Narberth. Three and a crust hours later we emerged victorious, a feast of yeasty floury glory held aloft as the fresh breeze ruffled our laurels. No-one had baked like this since Escoffier. We plaited, plaited our way into artisanal immortality. Etc. We made challah (pron. “hola”) a Jewish post-fast bread of subtle beauty….we even sprinkled seeds on top, gilding the lily. Had to paint it of course. Modest eh?
Paint: (on top of my homemade Tir Penalun): Permanent Mauve, Burnt Umber and Ivory Black (hue) for the deep darks. (I’ve included “hue” because it indicates that thankfully a synthetic pigment has been used in place of actual burnt, ground ivory, and “hue” is printed on paint tubes to clarify this). The bread was a battle between lots of earths: Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna; Burnt and Raw Umber; Yellow Ochre, Indian Red and Flesh Tint (“hue”, haha); the Brie de Meaux cheese uses Permanent Mauve and Kings Blue Pale with T. White: a touch of Naples Yellow in the creamy gooey middle bit that always sticks to everything including my midriff.
Brush: Size 1 filbert; Size 1 small round synthetic. Knife to whittle away at the still life objects whilst in situ.
Hope you like the painting. The dog did (his “cheese nose” is remarkable, even during sleep).