Cape & Carn 26-27 August 2017

A view of the Cape in overcast conditions and on a bright late summer morning giving way to a glorious day. On the coast the greens of bracken have just started to show hints of the russets and golds of autumn. Here, the heather has already passed its best while higher up, the moors are carpeted with vibrant pinks, mauves, reds, greens of heather and the yellows of wild flowers, punctuated by skeins of blonde grasses. Over the past few days Red Admiral butterflies have appeared in very large numbers, something I haven’t seen before in the eight years I’ve been here.

Towards the Carn, 27th August 2017, 6pm

Plein aire, apprx. 30 x 20cm

Morning at the Cape, 27th August 2017, 8am

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

Overcast at the Cape, 26th August 2017, 5pm

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

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Towards the Cape, Morning, 13th June, 2017

5.45 am

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

 

8.00 am

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

Two sketches attempting to catch something of the early morning light on the Cape and Kenidjack Valley. By 8.00am broken clouds had formed overland towards the east and as they obscured the early morning sun their shadows slowly drifted across the landscape. The last vestiges of autumn colours in the underbrush are now being rapidly submerged beneath the bright greens  of unfurling bracken fronds. In a few short weeks the valley walls and floor will become an unbroken ocean of green.