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Today’s Postcard: Three mackerel
The mild weather has created an odd time in which there are suddenly loads of tiny fish close to shore, (my guess is whitebait and sand eels) favoured by mackerel, who then attract herring and bass I’m told. There have been flocks of hundreds of sea birds gorging themselves like, erm, gannets on these shoals, just fifty yards from the shore at high tide. I saw a chap who’d caught some fish so I photographed them with his blessing and here we are, three mackerel. I made that sound simple, but taking a half-decent photo on a mobile at my age whilst being pulled by a huge hound like Watson (who fancied his chances in the bait bag) isn’t a bag of chips.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): quick background of Titanium White with smudges of Light Pink and Cobalt Blue veining through. Then a thin Paynes Grey to draw the fish in with and a Naples yellow here, Burnt Sienna there, Kings Blue Pale and Blu Turchese for a bit of sparkle, trying to be true to the contours of the mackerel and their iridescence.
Brush: Sizes 1 filbert; Sizes 1 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting, Watson still hasn’t forgiven me for looking a gift meal in the bag.
Watson: our 3yr old cairn. Salty sea dog, ambassador for Crufts (Unkempt Open section).