Moving from Autumn into winter the landscape undergoes it's inevitable transformation. A bright October morning provided the mood and atmosphere for this particular image. Cycling on a route south of Dartmoor this view emerged through a gap at the edge of a field. Cycling and walking are the most practical and enjoyable ways of exploring the landscape. A few minor compositional adjustments were all that was required for this particular scene. The long shadows and crisp light provided a good opportunity to use both thin, transparent glazes and opaque applications of paint which led to an interesting surface to the painting.
For me, October has always been a favourite time of year. Often excellent weather and a generally quieter atmosphere. With this in mind a short stay in Cornwall has provided much reference material for landscape work during the winter while thinking of the spring sunshine to come.