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Today’s Postcard: Umbels before spring
Plants in winter are spare, stripped and meagre. Fallen leaves are shriven to veils of dry threads, tremulous and delicate; trees are stark but graceful like gothic spires; the stalks of wild parsley, hemlock, angelica et al shiver in meagre light like the negative of their own shadows. This is a simple painting, maybe too pared down and definitely more of a drawing in paint than a painting per se. A life drawing not a portrait.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): I wanted a rich velvet backcloth to offset the creamy stalks: so I used a scraping of Dioaxine Purple and Burnt Umber; Naples Yellow, Titanium White, Flesh Tint and Light Pink for the stems, sharp and soft at the same time.
Brush: Size 12 flat (bristle); size 00 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Cast: a goldfinch on a seed head, two wagtails in the soft loam.