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Today’s Postcard: Cherry on a Glass Buoy
A warm and breezy morning early on, lots of beach, lots of pinky-peach sky. Jays scalding from oaks on all sides, raven cronking above (I wonder if they stick to rigid flight schedules?) oystercatchers darting everywhere, fast low fliers with sharp wings like terns, shrieking like school kids. Watson the dog restless and grumpy, my promises of another (longer) walk with Eloise in an hour ignored. I’m sure he gives me the „you’ve let me down“ look...
Drove over the Preselis to Cardigan, watched a skein of twenty Canadian geese arc noisily towards the silver Teifi, Wales‘ longest internal river. Chatted with Rhys about his love of fecund September (he has an mixed orchard, un verger mixé which are still sporting a few cherries(!), umpteen varieties of apples, pears and plums). He has promised me caskets full whilst I tried to protest that my paintings are tiny...
Paint: (on my homemade Tir Penalun earth paint, nice and dark chocolatey): glass buoy (I’ll just need Viridian, and a touch of Titanium White I thought). I don’t know what I’m doing. I needed every green: Viridian, Sap, Phthalocyanine, Cadmium G. Pale., Pale Green Lake (bit glaze-y, hence Lake, but useful for the transluscent bits). Cherry: Magenta, Dioaxine Purple. Light Pink, Flesh Tint, Permanent Mauve, Blu Turchese. And Raw Sienna. I never use RS but there we are.
Brush: big bristle-y Size 18 round splodger for the scruffy, scumbled background; Size 1 and2 filberts, old synthetic (nylon) Size 0 round for the stem. Paint the body shape in a very pale tint, wait. Wait. Then add the line down the centre.
Hope you like the painting, bon weekend!