Lands End from the Cott, 29th August, 2015, 4.00pm

lands-end from cott-29-8-15 4pm-wb

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

It’s been just over a year since I last painted from this spot ( in summer sunshine ), so I thought if would be interesting to re-visit the scene on a cloudy, but clear day. There are very few ‘long views’ down the Penwith coastline and not much chance to make play with atmospheric perspective, apart from the Isles of Scilly which can be seen on a clear day, the Brissons just offshore, or views towards Lands End which is about 5 miles away from here. It’s endlessly surprising how their perceived colours change throughout the day — this depending on the clarity of the atmosphere, the state of the weather, and the direction and type of light.

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Sea Fog, 23rd May 2015, 4.30pm

lifting fog gwenver23-5-15-4.30pm

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

A day of beautiful spring sunshine interspersed with veils of cloud and towering banks of dense fog rolling inshore from the ocean. While fog is a fact of life here and can occur at almost any time of the year, it’s not that common to get the types of temperature inversions that cause these displays on this coastline. Painted from the beach at Gwenver facing towards Lands End as skeins of fog are forced up over the headland. The Longships Lighthouse which is usually visible offshore,  buried in the fog.