Towards the Cape, 5th October, 2017, 4.45pm

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

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Towards the Cape, September 18th, 2017, 4.20pm

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

With the coming of the autumnal equinox, the sun is well into its southwards traverse of the western horizon out over the Atlantic. As autumn progresses and the sun descends further in elevation each day, the glitter path on the ocean becomes ever more intense, dissolving the landscape in its shimmering, coruscating glare.

Sunrise & Sunset

Following a run of poor weather and  heavy showers overnight, this morning dawned clear to the west over the Atlantic, while a line of slow moving squalls refused to budge from inland blocking the rising sun. Not for the first time, cloud towards the east had frustrated my attempts to paint early morning sunlight falling on the cape.  But perseverance eventually pays off ; this time a brief gap in the clouds allowed just enough light to fall on the landscape for a few moments, and I was able to quickly touch in the effect, having completed the initial blocking in of the sketch. As I finished, a shower passing overhead produced just enough rain to generate a brilliant rainbow, cloud and rainbow marching together out over the ocean towards the Scilly Isles.

 

Sunrise at the Cape, 17th September 2017, 7.20am

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

 

Sunset at the Cape, 17th September 2017, 6.50pm

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

Cape & Carn 26-27 August 2017

A view of the Cape in overcast conditions and on a bright late summer morning giving way to a glorious day. On the coast the greens of bracken have just started to show hints of the russets and golds of autumn. Here, the heather has already passed its best while higher up, the moors are carpeted with vibrant pinks, mauves, reds, greens of heather and the yellows of wild flowers, punctuated by skeins of blonde grasses. Over the past few days Red Admiral butterflies have appeared in very large numbers, something I haven’t seen before in the eight years I’ve been here.

Towards the Carn, 27th August 2017, 6pm

Plein aire, apprx. 30 x 20cm

Morning at the Cape, 27th August 2017, 8am

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

Overcast at the Cape, 26th August 2017, 5pm

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