Transit of Venus

During a transit, Venus appears as a small dark disc moving across the face of the sun, it is a very rare, but predictable astronomical event. Pairs of transits occur every 105 years, we are lucky to be able to see one in our lifetime. I watched the 2004 transit with my daughter from our garden, in the press next day I read a quote written at the time of the 1882 transit “... the next time anyone will see this will be in 2004, in England when the flowers are blooming.” This seemed a handclasp across time, which encapsulates much of what I seek to illustrate in the abstract landscapes.

I rose before dawn to look at the transit on 6th of June 2012, but the sky was overcast in Cumbria. Now there will be a 105 year gap until the next pair.