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.

Haybales at sunset, July 30th, 2015, 8.40pm

haybales at sunset-july30-2015 8.40pm-

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

 While not strictly on the coastline ( although you can see long views of the ocean from these fields ) I always look forward to the re-appearance of haybales at this time of year as they can be such fascinating objects to paint; the shadowed sides often dramatically picking up sky colour which can make for very interesting and unexpected colour effects at sunrise and sunset.