First light on the Cape, 6th August, 2017, 6.15am

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.

Morning and Evening at the Cape

After a day of unremitting, heavy rain and high winds, today dawned rather hazy. The sun quickly burned off  any early morning cloud to give a warm spring day but the hazy conditions remained. By early evening cloud had returned, the edge of the cloud ceiling gradually lowering as it tracked the passage of the setting sun. By the time I had finished the latter sketch and was making my way home the fog had lifted to reveal a perfectly clear sky: to the west the beautiful pastel colours of dusk, and pointing my way home, a bright gibbous moon alongside the planet Jupiter in the east. Birdsong, the whirring wings of a passing moth, and the gentle tearing of grass by grazing cows in the fields alongside the only sounds to accompany my passage home in the growing darkness.

9 am

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

9 pm

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