Colour Sketches at Sunset

Two recent colour sketches done at sunset. The purpose of these is to try and get down an impression of the effect as rapidly as possible without worrying too much about the specific drawing of the subject — this can come later from pencil sketches and more detailed, careful drawing or painted studies of features making up the landscape or seascape when composing larger, finished works in the studio.

11th April, 2019, 8.15pm

Plein air, oil on board apprx. 24 x 15cm


12th April 2019, 8.30pm

Plein air, oil on board apprx. 24 x 15cm


West Coat Haze, March 31st, 2019, 4.20pm

Plein air, oil on board apprx. 24 x 15cm

A view along the west facing cliffs from the southern face of Cape Cornwall. From the granite rock formations at Carn Gloose on the left, past Cott Valley, Nanquidno, Aire Point and Gwenver, towards Sennen Cove.  At about 4 miles distance, Sennen Cove and part of the Lands End peninsula is barely visible at far right.

The Brissons, March 31st, 2019, 5.15pm

Plein air, oil on board apprx. 20x15cm

There’s been a lot of haze in the atmosphere over the past few days. This afternoon a layer of Orographic clouds formed over the coast being driven by the easterly winds, the local topography and temperature changes between land and ocean.

The entire cloud formation remained fixed overhead waxing and waning in intensity for a couple of hours filtering the afternoon sunlight over an area of several miles while skies beyond the layer of clouds remained clear. Very unusual conditions for this coastline where the normally clean, clear air lends a clarity to the far landscape and atmospheric perspective is relatively subdued.

The Road Home, March 30th, 2019, 11.30am

Plein air, oil on board apprx. 30x20cm

Looking eastwards along upper Kenidjack valley overlooking the sharply descending single track dirt road that runs down to a cottage below. The stream on the right which powered the waterwheels and tin stamps during the Industrial Revolution meets the ocean a few hundred meters further downstream at Porth Nanven, the stream’s source lying around three miles away on the higher moorlands.