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Today’s Postcard: Autumn still life
Why did I choose to paint a leaf? Tricky devils. Difficult to catch, hard to sweep, hard to pile up, they just keep coming. And really hard to know when to stop painting too. This is a sycamore leaf found yesterday in the woods near us. Bit wrinkled, freckled and a little bit out of condition. But enough about the artist (boom-boom). The gourd was from a shop in Tenby and I love its undulating shape and its warmth on a wet day.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): A wash of Burnt Umber and Ivory Black as a base. Chrome Orange and Cadmium Red for the body of the gourd with touches of Lemon Yellow and Flesh Tint for the highlights. Leaf: Cadmium Green Pale, Hookers and Sap Greens, Viridian for the spots; Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber oh must I keep going....my palette was getting fuller and fuller and I’m still not sure about the leaf...
Brush: Sizes 1 and 2 filbert; Size 1 round (synthetic sable); palette knife, right index finger, brush handle...
Hope you like the painting. No more leaves for a while, least not from close up.
The Shed, Tenby: a french brocante, vintage yet beautifully preserved kitchenware, fabrics, furniture and furnishings, presided over by the wonderful Vicky Lander. A gem, full of everyday luxuries that niggle until bought.