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Today’s Postcard: Bird skull
For some a skull is macabre, perhaps a memento mori. To others it’s evidence of genius in evolutionary engineering: strong, light, pliable, form following function. I just find skulls beautiful to study, to draw, to paint. Sharp, delicate, curved, edged, precise and poetic. Eyes perfectly in line with beak or bill, peek and peck.
I’ve found a couple of skulls on the beach at Coppet Hall, time to paint one of them. (I think this one is a small gull, a tern maybe?)
Paint: (on my dark Tir Penalun homemade earth paint): Ivory Black background for the depth and the contrast; then (all tinted with Permanent White): Kings Blue Pale, Light Pink, Dioaxine Purple, Yellow Ochre. Tiny brush: shape the tip of the brush carefully and inspect it before laying it on the surface of the painting, take it easy and don’t be in a rush. Carefully investigate the subtleties in the colours. I laid off the coffee just in case.
Brush: Size 2 white nylon
Hope you like the painting,