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Today’s Postcard: Duck eggs and olive oil
Young dog teaches middle-aged man old tricks. Just now, in the woods above Wisemans, Watson „The Marauder“ Jones sat on the path watching leaves fall like golden snow at a Renaissancely-perfect angle, through light shafts and loveliness. I did the same and caught three, me being still a little bit small-boyish. A morning of mini joys: chaffinch, dunnock, wagtail, fern; beech leaf, goldfinch, robin, dog. Hmmm, its hardly a haiku.
Later on I fancied a still life, moreover I fancied a cool/warm composition with plenty of space. So here’s a duck egg on top of a tiny vessel of olive oil, sent from Tuscany as a freebie taster.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): background and baseboard of Kings BluePale and Deep with Blu Turchese, my Venetian favourite (and running out, eek); egg with the same blues but more tinted of course with Titanium White, and Light Pink smudged here and there. The oil phial is a bit picky, using Raw and Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber, then a line of Flesh Tint, and then the base glass uses the same blues. Tricky one this.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (crusty dusty hog bristle); Size 1 and 2 round synthetic sable.
Hope you like the painting.
Watson Jones, our 3yr old cairn terrier; dark and brooding, powered by tail; leaf monitor, soothsayer.
Ash, beech, sessile oak, sweet chestnut, sycamore, holly, hazel, larch, undetected squirrel.