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Today’s Postcard: Before the thaw
-4◦ C near the beach here at Coppet Hall, +6◦C in Crymych. Odd. Odd too making a very familiar spot (for me) into a painting when the light is so dramatically different than usual. There’s a cracking in the branches as the moisture freezes and expands, which forms a percussion dual with the woodpeckers. The sun is just lifting above the horizon near Gower and the mist seems to move things.
Apologies for the brevity today, just a little bit breathless:
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): trees underpainted with an Ivory Black and Prussian Blue mix, Blu Turchese on top with a dab of Kings Blue Deep. Banks using the same I. Black / P. Blue mix before more blue flecks of Kings Blue Light, Prussian B and Lapis Lazuli. Fields treated with Naples Yellow before Pale Green and B. Turchese again, sky a mix of Light Pink, Titanium White and Kings Blue Pale.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog); Sizes 0 &1 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Jay on the bird feeder under the kitchen window, feathers as blue as a gas flame.
Nuthatch nervously on the fir tree.