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Today’s Postcard: Long tail in the garden
We spend more on the birds than on our own larder. Watson Jones advises me that he has been on iron rations for weeks but since that means roast chicken (organic) with a light madeira sauce I am not feeling too guilty. We have a normal cross section of wildlife if normal includes the odd woodpecker, squirrels, jackdaws and jays, red legged partridge and a lost albatross. The long-tailed tits seem to arrive on the bird feeders mob-handed like school kids during break but with more shove n’ squabble. So here we are.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): background of scrubbed and scruffy Viridian, Sap Green, Naples Yellow and Permanent Mauve, with a slippy smudge of old leaf, bramble and something odd on the greenhouse door. Bird was underpainted in Payne’s Grey, Ivory Black and a hidden bit of Prussian Blue and the Mauve; on top is more Mauve, Kings Blue Pale and Titanium White. Painting birds seems like a sentimental choice, back to my childhood etc, but in reality I always dread doing the eyes/beak combo.
Brush: Sizes 12 filbert (bristle); sizes 00 and 2 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Watson Jones: lovely cairn terrier, studio technician on the tiny bits, offering me his pinze-nez.