Towards the Cape, 23rd October 2016, 8.15am


Plein air, oil on board apprx. 15 x 20 cm

The eastwards horizon being obscured by racing clouds, light from the rising sun had yet to fall on the landscape while over the ocean towards the west a cloud bank caught the first direct rays. After a week of fairly settled  and sometimes unseasonably warm weather, a strengthening and cool easterly wind scoured the coast bringing with it the promise of rain.

Towards the Cape, 10th October 2016, 6.15pm


Plein air, oil on board apprx. 15 x 20 cm

A thick overcast sat un-moving over the peninsula for a couple of hours during the late afternoon, while to the north and south lay blue skies and sunshine. Facing west, some 28 miles away off-shore the Isles of Scilly were visible silhouetted against the skyline. In the exceptionally clear air, the distinctive, jagged outlines were sharply etched against sunlight filtering through gaps in the clouds many miles further beyond, reddened by distance and atmospheric absorption.