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Today’s Postcard: A lane in October
Got up before the dog and before the sun. Blessed, benighted, bathed by a sky of every tint of pink and peach. Seven jets, sixteen oystercatchers, five wagtails near the stream and a robin, reflecting the sky on his chest. Watson wandered off to inspect a large log. Then he met a man with a metal detector and dug a hole right by him. I didn’t know what to say, and he (the man) didn’t hang around to listen. One fewer card on your mantelpiece, I told Watson...
The lane up the road is my favourite daily place. It flickers, tickles and wombles around with the sun whether it’s early or late, straight or curved, beech or oak. I can’t avoid it and thus you’ll have to get used to lots of paintings of it dear reader.
Paint (on my homemade Ritec Red ground paint): dark bits done with a familiar mix of Permanent Mauve, Burnt Umber, and Viridian Green, and left to dry quite a lot in the sun; the darker leaves are sketched in with Hookers and Sap Greens,and the same for the banks; green highlights done with a touch of Cadmium Green Pale and Oxide of Chromium (both warmed with Lemon Yellow and Titanium White); lines of light on the road are Naples Yellow and a touch of Light Pink; Permanent Mauve tinted with Kings Blue Pale and given an oomph with Lapis Lazuli rich blue.
Brush: Size 1 and 2 filbert (hog, one battered); a pointy Size 1 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Cast: Eloise my gorgeous genius wife, always with me and supporting me, on our anniversary. Thanks lovely xx
Watson: our inexcusable three year old brindle Cairn terrier, larder scout, treasure trove