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Today’s Postcard: Cwm yr Eglwys
We kept thinking we’d gone the wrong way until we reached the bottom of the steep valley that the lane plunged into. Watson Jones was map-reading and he’s rarely put a paw wrong yet, although he’s threatening to upgrade to a satnav. My wife won’t let me have a map for long because I get a bit weird and obsessive and I stop looking out of the window. I have an abysmal sense of direction and this is combined with a tendency to follow a hunch rather than sound advice. Cwm-yr-Eglwys is magical, a tiny cove looking up the coast, the sad yet somehow proud ruin of St. Brynach’s chapel bracing itself against the squall. Warmer here too, I read somewhere that it has a unique microclimate. So here we are, a sunny painting on a sunny day.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): again, the sky was painted first using Cobalt and Cerulean Blues tinted with Titanium White. The further cliffs were done with a touch of Permanent Mauve and Cobalt Blue again for the shadows, Cadmium Green Pale and Naples Yellow on top. The closer cliffs, church, headstones etc were blocked in using a weak Ivory Black, then the Permanent Mauve and Cobalt topping.
Brush: Sizes 2 and 8 filbert (bristle); size 2 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Eloise: wonderful wife, writer, navigator, soothsayer; in charge of itinerary and destiny;
Watson Jones: cairn terrier, head scout, cartographer, picnic-wrecker.