Welcome to Postcards from Pembrokeshire (Day 9)
Today's Postcard: Waterwynch Lane
Very early start, hoping to be up before the dogs and get painting but to no avail so out at the crack of something, just light. But on the plus side: a returning barn owl, a soft bluey haze and a warm breeze. At the ironworks (Stepaside) CJ stopped short: rabbits everywhere. His fast stealthy approach caught my breath (I had visions of carnage) but fortunately Watson took off in very loud pursuit. Can collies sulk?
Yesterday I was torn between the cherry tree on one bank and, on the eastward side and down Waterwynch lane was this view, so here we are. The leaves are pinking, the blackberries very pickable (although I was told only to pick in September, is that right?) and the slithers of light are full of pinks and soft blues and P.Mauve tint. Add white for a tint.
Unprimed canvas stretched and glued around plywood. Then I prime it, dry it (oven is good if you're doing lots, 50-70C, is Bake Off starting tonight!!??) then I chose my homemade Tir Penalun/Penally Earth to "warm up" the white - thanks to Rich and Clare RD for their soil);
Paint: again, Permanent Mauve, Viridian and Sap Green for the inky shadows in the trees and hedges' "body colour". Then Flesh Tint, Cadmium Green/T.White tint for the highlights. And two yellows: Naples Yellow (which in Michael Harding's paints is an ochre in all but name; their Lemon Yellow is a buttery delight). What really helps is the ground colour, warm enough yet dark enough, leaves a grainy texture so the canvas doesn't have too much "tooth". PhthaloBlue/Zinc White miex with a tough of P.Mauve again for the cooler shadows on top of the inky stuff.
Brushes: Sizes 2 & 3 filbert; 2 round (synthetic bristle). Big round Size 18 splodger again to start.
Duck egg tortilla with leftover cooked new potatoes (how did they remain uneaten?) for supper. Hope you like the paintings