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Today’s Postcard: Sunny Saundersfoot Sunday
„On a bare branch a crow is perched – autumn evening“. Thus wrote Matsuo Bashō in 17th Century Japan. The trees are certainly less-leafy than they were yesterday, as is perhaps the crow on the branch above me. But this is an autumn morning. The sand was rain-pitted like the skin of an old pomegranate above the silky tideline, beneath which all was smoothly forgiven. I noticed that the wind dropped as the tide turned but the waves were in no mood to parley as they hit the sea defences high and hard at Wisemans, running along the walls like pallid pastry crust on a pie dish.
Went for a wander and was blinded near the slipway in Saundersfoot. About 9am. I love the structures, the lines, the dense blues and purples in the corners, the soft yellows.
Paint (on my homemade Ritec Red ground paint): sea was painted with Kings Blue Pale, Lapis Lazuli, Cobalt and lots of Titanium White; sky Naples Yellow and of course the same white. Underpainted the darks with Prussian Blue mixed with Permanent Mauve and a dab of Payne’s Grey. Leave it for a while then add some Phthalocyanine Blue, Permanent Mauve on top to tie it all together. Naples Yellow mainly for the strong lights on the buildings and the ground, contrasting (colour wheel theory here) with the purples and blues in the shadows.
Brush: Size 1 filbert (hog bristle); small Size 1 round pointy (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,