Sunday, 15 July 2012

Sandsend

Last year we were on holiday on the Yorkshire coast, near Whitby. One day we drove north along the coast road to Staithes, which is an artists paradise comprising twisting alleys amongst fisherman's cottages and a gorgeous small river estuary scattered with small fishing boats. It wasn't possible for me to sketch or paint so my camera turned hot taking scores of photo's. Eventually we found ourselves heading back to our holiday home but decided to pause at Sandsend, where the road turns inland briefly to cross a river before turning back to follow the coast. We enjoyed a short walk on the beach and sat to eat a sandwich mainly because that's the best thing to do with a sandwich. Standing with my back to the sea, I took a photo of where the road crossed the river expecting that I might paint it one day. Today is that day. ;-)



12 comments:

  1. And a good day it is John! Thisn is a lovely painting, I especially like the variety of colors in the water. Well done. :)

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  2. Photos on your visit and a painting today...and I bet when painting you remembered your day at Sandsend in more detail than the photo would have evoked!....you have brought a delightful little scene to life with the people and the wildlife too John...well done.

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    1. Thank you so much Ann. Yes, I can remember every house, the way the hill rose up behind them, the landing area on the river bank, the location of the bus stop and much more. The scene is much more ingrained in my mind than it would have been just from a photo.

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  3. It is a lovely peaceful scene, John, I like it very much!

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  4. This is a lovely composition, John, excellent perspective and very nicely painted. Nice use of a sandwich too ;)

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    1. LOL ... I couldn't have done it without the sandwich Michael ... I wouldn't have been there for one thing. Thanks for the comment. ;-)

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  5. I really like this! I love the colours and the composition too. And the little ducks add a little life! :0)

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    1. I tend to avoid animals and people Sandra, but I want to include them more often from now on as they do add much extra interest to any scene. Thank you very much.

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  6. Good morning John, so happy you painted this lovely scene. It is packed with the charm of the English country side. Excellent composition and wonderfully painted.

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment Joan, it is much appreciated.

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