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Today’s Postcard: Before dawn blues
I love these cool-warm-fresh-dry-do-I-take-a-coat days, dressing like J Alfred Prufock. This morning at too-early o’clock it was blue, deep and moody like a cello of a blue. With purple undertones amongst the oaks. Later the sun bronzed and coppered and gilt-edged it all; later we were on a beach of perfectly frothy waves, perfectly back lit with a blood orange glow, Watson’s bum lit like a pre-Raphaelite’s fringe as he dug another hole. But it was the pre-dawn drama that struck me most.
Paint (on my homemade Tir Penalun ground paint): Cobalt and Lapis Lazuli blues as a base, then a Permanent Mauve and Prussian Blue bank and tree silhouette, then leave it all alone for a while. Next a Lapis Lazuli and Phthalocyanine Blue (tiniest bit of Titanium White to tint it) on top of the trees, finished off with Permanent Mauve with Kings Blue Pale as the palest edges of dark oaks. Skies layered with all of the above blues in and around the leaves like a blue-on-blue-on-blue Rothko.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog), scruffy Size 1 round (synthetic)
Hope you like the painting,
Watson: our three year old brindle cairn, beach bum