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Today’s Postcard: Old coppiced hazel, Colby
Squished toad on road. Whilst I worried that my unleashed hound Watson would find it and then eat it/roll in it/justweeonit, he espied the ruffled sleek Collieness of Baggins (and his human,Naomi) across the car park – so his full wrigglingwagging repertoire could be presented at her ankles. He adores her. Oh, snacks? Blue and wispy sirrus above Coppet: walked across to Wisemans, back and over towards Saundersfoot quay, remembered the dog ban so retreated. Oystercatches, crows, black-headed gulls all seen off by the Hemmingway-esque Baggins. Watson nicked his ball.
Breakfast included toast and marmite. Then across and down to Colby and to the stream where the light leaps across the field behind the hazel hedge. Watson let me lead until the Morris‘ engine was stilled and the car door was closed behind us. His first foray was caused by a foghorn pheasant. Then oh I don’t know, a squirrel somewhere, a feather, a leaf? Dust?
Paint: (on my homemade Colby Bank earth paint of ochre/Dijon): stark dark Ivory Black plus Dioaxine Purple (foreground trees and bank). Trees distant: Sap Green, Kings Blue Deep, dap of Lapis Lazuli. Then leave it in the sun before using a touch of Cadmium Green Light (tinted with Titanium White). Field of Pale Lemon, Cad. Green Pale, T.White. Hazel leaves with Sap and Viridian Greens, touch of Kings Blue Pale. Flesh Tint, Cad. Green Pale for the trunk tints.
Brush: Size 1 and 2 filbert (hog bristle). To be honest after a few weeks filberts don’t differ much, they all end up looking like something washed up. Size 2 pointy round nylon cheapo for the fine hazel branches.
Hope you like the painting. Hope the man can wash Watson’s paw prints off his jeans, sorry again.
Hwyl and hazelnuts,