Sunday, 16 February 2014

Scorborough from the east, East Yorkshire, watercolour.

Large watercolour sketch 22 x 15" - available as prints. Original. unframed £80 contact me here if interested.

I am looking at this small settlement or hamlet with the idea of producing some plein air oil paintings. Looking around I came across this distant view showing the spire of St.Leonard's standing aloft of the flatland's on which it sits. Though only four miles north of Beverley it seems to retain a lofty anonymity, passing motorists busily heading for Driffield and more places north. The access road which brought me here is also a cul-de-sac leading to one of the many local farms. To my left are some huge turbines near to the village of Tickton. I guess the scene shown here has not changed for many years. An static sparrow hawk ( ? added later - after some research pretty sure it is a kestral ) was seen perched in exactly the same spot as seen the week previously near the road, on top of a post not far away. It turned out to be a very detailed model which must fool lots of people as they pass, though more importantly the numerous wild pigeons. This is an area with large flat fields which must be very productive, indeed, crops are evident at this time emerging in serried ranks. 
Photo taken whilst paper is very wet and slightly, as my father would say, "ruckled", however it will dry flat. 
Also another, earlier view here
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4 comments:

  1. A lovely painting, John; I'm sure you'll be able to do a number of interesting studies of that church. Is it a very small village?

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  2. Hello Susan, thanks for the comment. Scorborough is such a small hamlet that it could easily be missed if you "blink" when driving past. The church is indeed, a wonderful subject using stones of different colours to enhance it's impression. It was built just before a similar, though much larger church, St Mary's, at nearby South Dalton in the late 1800s'. I have plans to paint / sketch "Churches of the East Riding" as there are many different styles of architecture. Best wishes, John.

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  3. The two detail shots would make lovely little sketches on their own. Very nice. I particularly like the graphite lines left visible.

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  4. Hello Ceci, yes it is interesting to look at the detail seeing almost abstract shapes -when producing large watercolours I tend to add a shorthand code/notes to help with later colouring in, if not done on site. Thanks for the comment, best wishes, John.

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