This is the last in a series of ten paintings, created directly from nature at the artist’s West Sussex home. Although the fluid, sweeping brushwork suggests a spontaneous approach, the painting was not a work of chance but is the conclusive, final development in the series. Hitchens saw himself as creating a ‘visual music’ in his work. He aimed to harmoniously combine the physical qualities of paint and his response to the sensations of being in nature, with structure. Hitchens was influenced by the Japanese concept of notan. Literally meaning ‘dark, light,’ this is the harmony created by the combination of dark and light spaces within the painting.