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Today’s Postcard: Foxgloves near Slebech
Foxgloves - digitalis purpurea, bysedd y cŵn (dog’s fingers) bloody fingers, faery glove, dead man’s hands, bumble bees’ B&B (ok I made up the last one) – have always fascinated me. They love disturbed earth, and next summer where loads have larch have been cut near the Stepaside ironworks there will be thousands. I used to love watching big, fat bumble bees disappearing into them as they rose above the dark ferns and heady gorse in the banks. This painting is from a clearing near Slebech near to where Watson Jones suggested a nap to Eloise (after a strenuous potter amongst the delicate birch) followed by a cheese bap and a Thermos.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earthy paint): Sap Green and Viridian for the mature trees, some Cadmium Yellow mixed in for the highlights; sky of Blu Turchese (which I bought in Venice and which is now perilously low and hard to find here) and some Kings Blue Deep. The foxgloves were painted over the same colours as the trees but with gaps to allow the earth ground to come through: Dioaxine Purple, Magenta, Phthalo Blue (tinted), Light Pink: dot dot dot, dash dash dash etc.
Brush: Size 6 filbert (hog); sizes 00 and 0 round (synthetic).
Hwyl, hope you like the painting,
Eloise: ace wife, professional picnic packer and tea-barista; my aider-and-a-better;
Watson Jones: cairn terrier, forest fugue and fugitive forager.