Moonset, 30th April 2018, 5.50am

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

For a few months in spring and autumn the Moon, just after full, sets over the ocean overlooking the cape a little before the first light of the rising sun touches the landscape.  In the 15 minutes or so after completing this sketch, scattered, ragged-edged clouds came up from the south and caught the light of the sun, the colours running quickly up the spectrum from red to orange to yellow through to creamy white, the light mirrored in the ocean while bathing the shadowed landscape in subtle, warm, shades. A morning to be long remembered.