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Today’s Postcard: Mid morning, St Catherine’s, Tenby
The light today was fugitive, sometimes intense in one place, insipid elsewhere. I had to pop in to Tenby for errands and this included the Museum, the splendidly-sited cultural jewel in south Pembrokeshire (and typically up against the wall, hence many of us donating paintings for their fundraisers). Anyway I was in the light place at the bright time so to speak, so here we are. Built as one of „Palmerston’s follies“ St. Catherine’s fort was part of the coastal strategy against a French invasion but never fired a shot. Inside is a labyrinth of cunning tunnels linking powder rooms and pantries, halls and the odd 1960s loo if I remember.
Paint: (on top of Ritec Red homemade ground paint): tricky one this: darks (Prussian Blue, Dioaxine Purple and Paynes Grey) need to be just that to provide adequate body colour for the island monolith, then let it rest, adding Permanent Mauve with a touch of Kings Blue Deep for the less dense rocks, but with a light touch. Sand a mix of Naples Yellow and the Mauve again, touch of Light Pink; skies of Cobalt Blue, Kings Blue Pale and Titanium White, same for the seas but heavy on the latter. Caldey is the same as St. C’s, smudge of Lapis Lazuli in there as well to send it back.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog); Size 2 point (synthetic). Size 8 flat (hog, haggard).
Hope you like the painting,
Mark Lewis (Curator, Tenby Museum & Art Gallery); comedian, head waiter, never a prefect.