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09-18-2012, 12:57 PM
Having a go at probably one of the most photographed and painted scenes from North Yorkshire,looking down on Robin Hoods Bay.
Oil on canvas 12 x 8 inches
As ever all comments and advice welcome ,:)



09-18-2012, 03:21 PM
I look forward to seeing this develop.


09-23-2012, 11:31 AM
:) I have done a bit more to it but as ever i am now stuck.How do i get the houses in the foreground to to stand out in their own right.
All comments welcome as ever ,Thanks :)


Erica Shipley
09-23-2012, 12:32 PM
I wish to travel there..I think its coming along great and like the mood it has to it. I think your on the right track.

I think the grass may be to bright in the front. I wouldnt darken it a lot but because its got a brighter tone then the houses it stands out instead of the houses.

09-27-2012, 04:23 PM
:) Hi a bit more of an update,
All C and C welcome THANKS

09-28-2012, 04:00 AM
This is coming along nicely. I would suggest increasing the contrast in the foreground, and making the bg headland greyer / less saturated.
My family had a close family friend who was a poor artist living in Robin Hoods bay in the early 1900's. My relatives had lots of his watercolours on display and they were a great inspiration to me. I have some of them now and can still rember wher they used to hang - hope to visit there some day. Arnie

09-28-2012, 04:35 AM
:) Thanks for that,is it ok to just add an overall glaze coat of grey?
It is a very pretty place but i would think a cold place in winter.

09-28-2012, 07:19 AM
Yes that works for me - white, grey or blue. Dosnt work so well in fg - where you want crisp focus.Arnie

09-28-2012, 09:55 AM
I agree with Arnie, the background could be subdued a little and this would bring the houses out in the foreground. I think this is lovely Trumper, I love the movement you have generated in the water!!! What a pretty place, how lovely to paint this scene! Cheers =)) Debs.

09-29-2012, 03:51 PM
:) I have glazed the headland and tried abit more detail in the foreground.Is there anything else i can do to give it a last push ,Cheers Gary :)


09-29-2012, 05:06 PM
I think your headland is still dominating the nearer houses. As others have suggested, tone it down in blue/grey which will create more distance in your picture. Then I think you could slightly darken the furthest water under the headland. Water is difficult (as I have found to my cost) but I think your sea is a bit too uniform and white (perhaps some of the whitish areas could have been even whiter with some darker bluey grey areas to reflect the sky and give extra interest.


10-02-2012, 04:23 PM
Looking forward to seeing the next installment.

10-02-2012, 08:21 PM
Hi Trumper. I think you have made a good start.
I would suggest refining your brushwork on the buildings in the town, at present the township looks like a small toy town where the grass appears huge compared to the buildings.
Brighter terracotta roofs and whiter walls.
The sea should not be black or grey but bright.

10-04-2012, 01:27 PM
:) Well i have done some more,lightened the sea,tried working on the houses and grass areas.
The painting is quite small hence i have added a ruler to show scale.
I am not sure if i know how to work on the details anymore
What do you think? :) Thanks


10-05-2012, 02:03 AM
Excellent work so far...I would like more colour in the sky but that's just my opinion. I love the houses! They are almost surreal in shape, colour and contrast. The shoreline and mountains are realistic, acceptable to my imagination but the overall colour pallette is bland. IMHO.

10-05-2012, 05:44 AM
I think this is much better Gary! I like it more with the back headland toned down, the lighter sea and the extra movement in the foreground water. The houses look great and the foreground grass much more interesting. In my opinion, this is a lovely painting. Only thing I could suggest now is perhaps a little more variation in the clouds in the sky, perhaps fluff them up a bit more on the right as you have on the left? Just an opinion, but they look a little structured horizontally to me. I love this painting Gary, great work and great improvements. Cheers =)) Debs.