Welcome to Postcards from Pembrokeshire (Day 18/365)
Today's Postcard: "Back Along the Lane Again"
Damp at silly early, dry by acceptable early, short walk for doggy ablutions only (including rockpool lido bath). Watson Jones dog was reluctant to leave beach due to a spaniel powered by it's own tail. I tried to explain about a shared friendship and mutual responsibilities but I was still late leaving for work. In the interim there was a pair of jays scalding a squirrel, treetop stand-off.
It's late afternoon now: this is the little lane that links a bigger one with a smaller one above St. Issell's. From our place it's up the hill and around the corner near the beeches. Twmps with trees on their backs describe long-left mini coal mines, workers' perks. Now they roll and fold like ancient barrows in the edges of fields. A wren sings larger than it's size.
Paint: (on my homemade "Ritec Red" ground): deep sage green wooded background made from Prussian Blue, Viridian, Oxide of Chromium, touch of T. White and spirit to speed it all up. (Titanium White is probably the slowest drying white of them all. Hmmph.) Dark "body" painting of lane and banks made from the showy Permanent Mauve, earthy Sap Green, modest Burnt Umber (still inciting debate as to whether it's from hombre for shadow or simply earth from Umbria); Cadmium Green Pale, Lemon Yellow Pale and tardy T. White for the sunny bits of verdure; Oxide of Chromium with Sap Green for the foliage.
Brush: Size 1 filbert, coaxing gentle straight lines with it's range of angles; small Size 2 round synthetic.
Hope you like the painting,