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Today’s Postcard: The Green Bridge of Wales
Eloise, Watson and I took ourselves off to the west this morning, nervously edging towards the cliffs looking for the best views and angles of Pembrokeshire’s wild icon. Heading onto the MOD range we saw a whole field of lapwings, dapper and spruce; a kestrel perched on our roof in the car park before resuming its worm search; choughs tumbled and gawked above the cliffs and I was glad we had our dog on a lead. I wanted to be on a lead (touch of vertigo).
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): cliffs and headlands underpainted with Ivory Black and Permanent Mauve, then left before adding Naples Yellow, Flesh Tint, Kings Blue Pale, Raw Umber on top; sea and sky of Titanium White, kings Blue Pale and Cerulean Blue. I find this painting a little bit faffy, slightly dominated by technique over fluidity. Maybe I should paint it again whilst lashed to the cliff like Turner.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog); Size 1 round (synthetic); Size 6 flat (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Cast: Eloise my wonderful wife and sage creator of books; WJ (Watson Jones our 3 y.o. dark cairn terrier): tour guide and naturalist.