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Today’s Postcard: Towards Manorbier Castle
Bright and definitely breezy, 2◦C on the car thermometer, but sunny in the cloudy sense: big splats of warm light on one field whist it’s neighbour was still in deep turquoise. Purple puddles next to turquoise strips on the sea. I love this lane out of the village, bordered by old walls with orchids to come in the park above and a glimpse of the sea past les ramparts de la chateau. Birthplace of Giraldus Cambrensis, the medieval historian and early travel writer, Gerald of Wales, Gerallt Gymro.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): I started with the sky of Kings Blue Pale, add Cobalt Blue for the sea and built out from there. Lots of Cobalt Blue for the lane, and a Paynes Grey for the shadows left and right. Permanent Mauve with Naples Yellow for the trees, touch of Ivory Black and Viridian for the holly, Cadmium Green Pale too. The castle walls’ contrast is fun: Naples Yellow and Burnt Sienna (added T.White) for the sun, Permant Mauve with Cobalt and Kings Blue Pale for the shadows.
Brush: Sizes 2 and 4 filbert (bristle); sizes 0, 2 and 4 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,