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Today’s Postcard: Late afternoon above Wisemans Bridge
Beech trees. I have walked daily through them, between them, around them. I have chased our dog amongst them, watched him roll in something beneath them, heard him scrunch after squirrels that climb them. They are straight, twisted, columned, buttressed, bronzed in autumn and edible-y leaved in spring. Their nuts are abundant and the husks house lady birds in cold months. Their timber provides chopping blocks and wooden spoons, flooring and framework. The pigment bistre comes from the charring of beech wood soot. Watson waters them lovingly and with reverence.
Here are some at the edge of the wood above our cottage, at 4pm this afternoon. My fingers are still a bit achey.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): fields underpainted with Permanent Mauve. Sky of Light Pink with stubborn Titanium White, trees underpainted with Cerulean Blue, P.Mauve and Ivory Black, overpainted with Naples Yellow and a touch of Lapis Lazuli. Naples Yellow and Light Green on the field. There are pheasants and the cute red-legged partridges playing in the holly hedges.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog); Size 2 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Watson Jones, our 3 yr old cairn terrier. Fearless and peerless in the forest; dream weaver, tree cleaver; he excels at the woodland waltz. Rabbit hunter. Reluctant vegetarian.