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.

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.

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.