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Today’s Postcard: St Catherines, Tenby
In Tenby off St Julians Street there is a little path down to Castle Beach (which comes out by the magnificent Dennis Cafe, the finest breakfast cafe for miles). So I tucked the paintings I was donating to the Tenby Museum’s fundraising auction (sorry for the plug but it needs the funds and it really is a remarkable cultural gem. Auction is a week Friday 28th, 7pm, St Johns Church Hall). Where was I, apologies. Yes so I fumbled with my camera’s phone (or vice versa) and clicked a few times into the morning air and hoped it would work. If I was a more worthy artist I would have dashed off a thumbnail sketch in my Moleskine pad but...
At home I got creatively clever. If I could email the phone’s photos to myself I could sketch the image from the laptop screen or copy it out on paper then work up the painting from there. Easy. Or I could connect the phone to the laptop with the USB cable and transfer the image to the screen that way. Easy. I congratulated myself and thanked the dog for his support.
After failing on all of these tasks, I set off to the shed/studio in the garden and smudged my painty finger onto my phone screen and copied from this 2“x4“ miniature thing that kept returning to the password bit.
Paint (on my homemade Ritec Red ground paint): underpainting the sky with a daub of Naples Yellow is fun, then carefully add blues (in this case Kings Blue Pale and Cobalt), add a touch of Light Pink for a decadent air and stir well. Dark bits in the shrubs began with Prussian Blue, Permanent Mauve and Paynes Grey, then ignore for a bit. On top add greens of Cadmium Pale and a Viridian for the cooler areas; Permanent Mauve and Magenta with Kings Blue Pale for the walls including the fort; for the sea see the sky colours minus the Naples Yellow, adding Blu Turchese and Virdian for the shadows in the water.
Brush: Size 4 round scruffer (hog and daddy long legs); Size 2 filbert (hog); small Size 1 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Watson: three year old brindle Cairn terrier. Guest chef de la cuisine. As we two boys are home alone ce soir he was in the kitchen preparing supper (he was a student of Roux Jnr).