Welcome to Postcards from Pembrokeshire (Day16/365)
Today's Postcard: "Top of the Hill"
Missed dawn and the rain, happy dog. Three birds on a rock, gull jackdaw, crow. Thought it may have been a rook but they're rarely solitary, crows rarely grouped. Black backed gull swaggering like a bouncer. Watson (WJ) left me at pace to meet his "uncle" Ralph, a very similar dog (but not all Cairn. Watson not all there). Ralph is always very happy and his neck always at snack o'clock. Ralph's mate Basil (dachshund) non-plussed.
Warm, not Autumn. Please pass it on.
Today's Postcard is Back Lane by Eloise's mum and dads'. Behind me the lane runs down towards Wisemans. Very steep and short, long in the (muscle) memory afterwards. The brightest of ferns (Harts' Tongues smooth and scallop-edged) nod amongst deep shadows. Jay and a Yellowhammer! I never see Yellowhammers. Ash trees now a pale sage, lane aflame with loveliness. Hazel coppice soft and slender, the odd pale roof down a bank.
Paint (on top of my homemade "Ritec Red" ground, just peeping through the oils): deep inky shadow base is Sap Green, Permanent Mauve and a touch of Viridian. Lane is Lapis Lazuli and then some Lapis/Phthalo Blue/Titanium White for the half-tones. Cadmium Green Pale, Light Green tint, Sap Green and Oxide of Chromium green for the remaining banks etc. Sky King's Blue White. Roof Flesh Tint. My head and nose Indian Red (tint).
Brush: Size 1 Filbert, bristle. That's it, no faffy fiddly fine stuff.
Evening walk: more dogs (including sage Ruby, happy Caspar, lovelyloony Bronwen) than there are characters a in a Russian novel. On the doormat was a card to say thanks for having us from J and her little boy after a sandy stay here. Yellowhammer on the card.
Hope you like the painting,