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Today’s Postcard: Hazy blue
I watched a cormorant drying its wings and it looked like an old man drying his back with a towel. I watched a heron fly the length of Coppet Hall beach and its wings cupped the sun on each downbeat. I watched my dog chase yet another squirrel from somewhere to the base of a tree and somehow the husk of a sweet chestnut got wedged between his ears. I have no idea if I have missed a profound piece of symbolism here, but all three animals seemed content.
Today the light is both soft and sharp, the shadows full of blues and the trees are probably at their most colourful before they become too Novembered. This is a painting of the lane above our cottage with its view across towards Monkstone.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): the darks (banks and trees) go in first and I simply used thinned Ivory Black for its sharpness; around this I used Kings Blue Deep and Permanent Mauve for Monkstone and the sky I wove Light Pink and Naples Yellow with Titanium White. Sea just white. Raw Umber, Chrome Orange, Cadmium Green Pale, Lemon Yellow etc for the hedges and leaves, Phthalo Blue and P. Mauve tinted with Kings Blue Pale for the lane.
Brush: Size 2 filbert; Size 2 round (synthetic sable).
Hope you like the painting.
Watson Jones, our 3yr old cairn terrier; pigeon fancier, costermonger.
Cormorant: primitive Peter Grimes, deep sea diver;
Heron: predominantly silent, bass guitar.