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Today’s Postcard: Low Tide, Tenby
Returned from Cardiff to the west via the Mbore, dog asleep until Carmarthen. Autumn finally shows its colours in hedge and ditch, even the beaches have dry leaves blowing around. Delivered a painting this afternoon near Tenby, and the low tide had left the boats in the harbour looking heavy and awkward, larger than normal. I sketched this one quickly, the Caldey Abbey II, and finished it at home. I love its beaminess, its width, its blues. Eloise and I crossed to Caldey in it for a short holiday a few years ago and we were accompanied by a horsebox and loads of incongruous wheelie bins. And a monk of course.
Paint (on my homemade Ritec Red ground paint): Sand is rarely yellow, not even ochre. And wet sand is more like a good cup of tea in colour. Hence Permanent Mauve (tint), Flesh Tint, Burnt Sienna (tint again). Boat of Phthalocyanine Blue with Lead White, Kings Blue, Ivory Black with Prussian Blue. The shadows must contain the hull colours that cast them, plus the colour of what the shadow is cast upon. See Monet again.
Brush: Size 1 filbert (hog); Size 2 round (synthetic)
Hope you like the painting,
Watson: our 3 yr old Cairn terrier, dark brown. Jolly Jack Tar.