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Today’s Postcard: The lost gate
The leaves on and off the trees rattle and scuff without anyone touching them, a little bit old-envelope-y.. And much paler on top, sun bleached to a pale tint of themselves, like a scrubbed piece of stone on a beach, or driftwood. There is a greater contrast therefore with the undergrowth, those brambles and spotted sycamore leaves. Watson the happy dog bounces on leaf piles like he’s auditioning for an advert, big smile on his face. Then he forgets his lines and darts off to warn a rabbit but looks up a tree not under it. Rabbit, squirrel, rabbit, squirrel. No idea.
Beech leaves make the best noise, swishing and flying up better, more colour, less stalk. And an old iron gate appears, somehow still upright like an old soldier.
Paint: (on top of Ritec Red homemade ground paint) the initial darks of the trees and the bank is a Permanent Mauve, Viridian and Burnt Umber paste (think bramble stalk, bramble leaf and soil respectively). Sky of Naples Yellow, Blu Turchese, Kings Blue Pale, Titanium White. Leave it all for a bit, kettle on. A dainty daub then of Raw Sienna, Oxide of Chromium (green, expensive, use Chrome Green instead) above and below, then more of the base colours added individually on the bank. Pale faded ferns and grasses done with Naples Yellow and a touch of Flesh Tint, Blu Turchese too here and there. Sky finished with Cadmium Green Pale mixed with T. White and N. Yellow, more blues woven through.
Describing the process is as faffy as painting it, apologies.
Brush: Sizes 2 filbert (hog); Size 2 point (synthetic). And a scratchy twig from the hedge.
Hope you like the painting,
Watson Jones (WJ): Scruffy Cairn terrier; Vogue portfolio, tour leader, still vegetarian.