This is definitely not my usual choice for a painting but I was asked to do it to be included in a book about Bridlington past and present. So having accepted the challenge the question was how to make it interesting. Moonlight always sprinkles a bit of magic on any subject and this was no exception. It provided me with some lovely colours and effects to balance and soften the angles and straight lines of the composition. Once I had done the drawing which is fairly accurate, the painting flowed quite freely and I have to admit I am pleased with the result.
.....an early view of the Yorkshire Wolds
I painted this in 2004 which incredibly is now ten years ago! It was the time when I first began to discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds for myself. With its rolling wolds and big skies it inspires me still, but back then it was almost intoxicating to find this unspoiled gem of an area. I painted this with just three colours to ensure the essential harmony of the scene was maintained. Ten years on I think it still works.
..... at Skipton - gateway to the Yorkshire Dales
Skipton is a thriving market town on the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. It's got a canal winding through the town centre which is a reminder of the gentler pace of life in years gone by. However it is still in use today mainly as a tourist attraction and the brightly painted barges make a lovely feature for visitors.. I ventured away from the usual tourist haunts and came across this dark arch under an old Victorian bridge. The still waters made a perfect reflection. I enjoyed the unusual angles of the reflection and shadow - hope you do too!
Sandsend is a lovely little seaside village about two miles up the coast from its famous cousin Whitby. While everyone has heard of Whitby, Sandsend still remains unspoiled and is a delight for the discerning visitor with a surprising number of attractions- from the grounds and parks of Mulgrave Castle to the historic Sandsend trail. I painted this a while back after a quiet few days in a small cottage overlooking the sea. I think the painting conveys the lovely peace and tranquility we enjoyed.
Workshops at Bridlington Spa.....
I will be holding a series of watercolour workshops throughout our 'Double Vision' Exhibition at Bridlington Spa which runs from the 27th October through to the 27th November 2014. The workshops will be held on Wednesdays as follows:
Weds 29th October - Working with washes
Weds 5th November - Painting with light
Weds 12th November - Textures in watercolour
Weds 19th November - Composition and Design
Each workshop is fully complete in itself and will run from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. There will be a break for lunch obviously (we are artists!) and you can bring your own or take advantage of the splendid facilities offered by the Spa cafe and bar. It is a lovely well lit space to paint in with plenty of room to spread out so a splendid time is guaranteed for all! The cost will be £50 per person. If you want to book a place on any (or all!) of the workshops please let me know as soon as possible.
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!