Sunset over the Castle, 1st September 2015, 8.20pm

sunset castle 1-9-15 8.20pm

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

Another nice sunset after a fine day. Trying to second guess whether the sky conditions are going to generate a good display at sunset or sunrise is more a matter of luck than anything else. Often there appears to be a good run up but the display just fizzles, at other times a brilliant sunset appears out of the most unpromising of circumstances. This evening was no exception but things worked out nicely in the end, if only fleetingly. I spent a little more time resolving this sketch on site than I would normally do,  trying to slow down and observe a bit more carefully the effects as they appear.

Down Kenidjack, 7th April, 2015, 5.15pm

Down Kenidjack-april-7-5.15pm

Plein air, oil on board apprx. 20 x 30cm

A view along lower Kenidjack valley as seen from my perch on an overhang about 50ft above the river that passes below on its way to the ocean. The old calciner chimney and arsenic furnace is on the left. At the head of the valley where the river outflows to the ocean are the remains of the housing for what was once the largest waterwheel in the UK during the Industrial Revolution. The gorse is relatively well sheltered here and is starting to bloom.