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Today’s Postcard: Woods by the sea
Wet. Almost torrential. Watson keen until the garden gate. Me neither. Made the beach, both of us wondering why. Terns somewhere. Went home. The end.
Ok it brightened up a bit, dried up a bit and so did we. Goose barnacles on the tideline. Probably the weirdest animals I’ve seen for some time, and lets be honest the sea contains a few. Watson, unimpressed, continued digging.
The sun was eventually traced to a small wood between Coppet Hall and Wisemans Bridge, hence this painting. The arboreal tranquility was punctuated by a small dark dog chasing spectres of squirrels around the roots of trees whilst looking up into the canopy. There really is no excuse for him.
I think woods are my natural habitat. Alice Walker said something akin to this: that standing in a wood she felt everything she thought she should have felt in a church but did not.
Paint: (on my homemade Tir Penalun earth paint): a sort of Payne’s Grey using Ivory Black, Prussian Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue, and Burnt Umber for the trunks and shadow base; Sap Green with Lemon Yellow amongst the trees; Permanent Mauve and Lapis Lazuli, Viridian and Prussian Blue for the shadowy grasses; the kitchen sink for the sunny grasses but thanks in particular to Cadmium Green Pale. Pinks amongst the wild grass greens always works well.
Brush: Size 1 filbert (hog bristle). Synthetic Size 2 for the finer lines.
Hope you like the painting.