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Today’s Postcard: Elm Grove lane, St Florence
Three jays boldly scolded Watson from the safety of their oak tree as the weak custard-cream sun just about made it through the clouds. The birds are hungry and fat at the same time, and they seem to love sticking two vertical fingers (well, feathers) up at the dog. His usual Zen-like state deserts him and his tail and woof are synchronised beautifully.
Most of the elms at Elm Grove are long gone as the dreaded Dutch disease took hold (although it originated in Asia, a Dutch team of arbologists identified it). I love the low winter sun through the beeches, it necessitates a cool palette of muted yellows and purples, I really enjoyed painting this today.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): background trees are underpainted with Permanent Mauve, touch of Naples Yellow; sky of Light Pink and white. Greens of Cadmium Pale on the left (tinted) and Viridian with Light Green for the holly on the right. The lovely Kings Blue Pale was used in the shadows on the lane, and Chrome Orange and Naples Yellow forms the bulk of the beech leaves. Tree trunks underpainted with P. Mauve and Ivory Black, then scrubbed with pretty much all of the above colours to tie it all together.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog); Size 1 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Watson Jones (WJ) our 3yr old cairn; garden warden; smoking jacket enthusiast;
Grey seal: off Wisemans Bridge this afternoon, spotted by ace amateur zoologist (and fab wife of course) Eloise x