Below Wheal Owles, 15th March 2016, 5.40pm

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Plein air, oil on board 24 x 15 cm

Another fine day after a dull start leading to a clear evening with a dense haze forming over the ocean at sunset. I find the light of early morning or late evening among the most interesting but also the most challenging to interpret in paint. The rapid changes of colour and light defy one’s attempt to match what the eye sees in paint, for no sooner has a decision been made and the paint mixed on the palette than the colour and light is different again. While struggling with this I was being closely watched by a Peregrine falcon surveying its domain, perched on a granite outcrop less than 15 feet below me.