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Today’s Postcard: Trees at first light
The wind hasn’t slept all night and the sea is feeling it as it crashes over the wall near Wisemans. Watson, for all his terrier-bristle is unsure of the loud booms on the concrete and the splatting of the water as it lands on the path. The sky looks like a jumble of old faded shirts, washed out but comfy with itself.
First light was rich and velvetty and enriched the trees as the wind tested their leaves. In the shadows are dark brooding purples and elusive blues, all shrinking and powerful like Magwitch.
Paint (on my homemade Colby Bank ground paint): skies of Cadmium Red, Naples Yellow, Permanent Mauve (tinted with Titanium White; Magenta. Trees of Ivory Black for the body colour. Leave well alone. Then a melange of deeps playing the tonal game: Lapis Lazuli, Prussian Blue, Lapis Lazuli, a sprig of Cobalt; Hookers Green, Viridian.
Brush: Size 8 big round and old (hog), Size 2 filbert (also slightly jaded).
Hope you like the painting, keep your hair on,
Watson: our three year old brindle cairn, car park steward