Bristol Savages SWAT evening painting - Staithes N Yorkshire

Swat evening august 2019 staithes

Staithes, N Yorkshire, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Painted during a recent evening at my art society, The Bristol Savages, this is a made-up scene of the footbridge over the Beck in the pretty village of Staithes, well like by artists as a location to paint plein air.  I have painted this scene some 4 or 5 years ago and the main house of the other side of the river was a bright turquoise colour.  I decided to change that and make the focus the shape of the boat pointing downstream.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Coming home - Staithes

Coming home staithes

Staithes, England, 15" x 11"

A study of the North Yorkshire coastal village of Staithes, at high tide with a fishing boat coming up the river.  Reflections can be soft or hard - soft as in using some wet in wet to get that faded effect, or hard as in waiting for one layer to dry before adding in another layer of water.  Here I went for the second option, and trying to replicate the light areas of the boat and buildings in the water.  Staithes is lovely when the sun's out.


Scarborough in the Rain 2

Scarborough in the rain 2

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 15" x 11".

Another rendition of a Scarborough scene looking along the scene front and the Amusement Arcades.  A rainy scene (sorry Scarborough), but even when it's wet there's plenty of things to do and paint of course.  So plenty of reflections and plenty of reds up against the cools of the background and road.  the only things that needed some careful painting around was the umbrellas, car tops and some roof tops.


Staithes High Tide


Landscape Watercolour of Staithes, 15" x 11".

High Tide (I think) at Staithes, a pretty fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast.  The backdrop to the town are the very warm red cliffs that rise up in distinct layers.  I think the blueish blob on the water surface must have been a happy accident.  The temptation was to go over it, or wash it out.


Whitby Harbour & Harbour Office


Landscape Watercolour of Whitby, 15" x 11".

Part of the harbour in this popular seaside town in North Yorkshire, and I suppose it had all the elements of light and shade with the virtually unpainted roof tops of the Harbour Offices, the light of the quayside and the lighter boats against the dark shade of the harbour walls.  I used a little white gouache for the rope lines.


Staithes, Lower Town 2


Landscape Watercolour of Staithes, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

This was my second attempt at this scene from a referrence photo of mine and I was looking to improve on the original sketch.  I though with my first attempt the background was too strong and maybe did not push it back far enough. Well on this one I tried to make the background a little more muted and I think it's a minor improvement.


The Old Custom House Whitby


Landscape Watercolour of Whitby, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The old round cornered Custom House on the west side of the swing bridge in Whitby, North Yorkshire.  At the heart of Whitby, this building I am sure used to be a custom house in centuries past, but now they're rented offices above a shop.  But it's still retained it's prominent, but badly sited blue sign.


Staithes, North Yorkshire. Post #400


Landscape Watercolour of Staithes, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

This is the quant little footbridge joining the two halves of Staithes Town on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast.  I was lucky enough to have pleasant sunshine when I was there last year.  The river here is the primary subject for many visiting artists, especially at low tide and featuring the old rowing boats which are almost a trademark of the town.

My 400th post. 


Whitby Swing Bridge


Landscape Watercolour of Whitby, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Whitby Swing Bridge (great engineering swinging on two rotating spans), which is over 100 years old, was opened in July 1909, and joins the West and East sides of this seaside town. The two sides are very different in character with one side representing the old town and the other being your typical tourist attractions of amusement arcades and souvenir shops.  Had great fun doing this painting, pouring on the alizarin crimson first wash to capture the tones of the old buildings there.