Staithes-‘Boats on the Slip’

Having just come through an awful flu virus, I then manage to slip a disc in my back. Well, I say disc, as a full diagnosis on my constant back problem has never fully been explored. There are several reasons for this, some to do with my private (self employed) medical insurance companies refusal to pay for a scan if no surgery is then required, but mostly because I just put up with it, some things are meant to be borne. That said, my wife called out the doctor yesterday morning who insisted I have a scan in the next few weeks. I’ve succumbed to his advice, purely because my pain threshold has finally been breached and I can’t afford to lose any time from work. Self employment isn’t always what it seems.

Which also makes a nice bridge to the scan of my final painting of Staithes in North Yorkshire. I’ve enjoyed painting these little fishing boats. This group were partly upturned along the slip. I’m sure I have a flash video created from stills. It’s online and I’d be happy to send a link to anyone interested. Thanks again for visiting.

Boats on the Slipway

Staithes-North Yorkshire, pen and ink

Small Boats in Staithes

One more pen and ink of from my recent study of fishing boats in Staithes-North Yorkshire.  Moored  from the beach among dark pools of green and blue, they reminded me of scattered shoes, abandoned but not forgotten. The walk-over-bridge gave an interesting perspective of traditional and fuel driven. There’s more to come from this subject. I’m fascinated how my interest can be so focused on a new subject.



Staithes in North Yorkshire

Staithes in North Yorkshire


I was going through some old photographs one evening and came across a folder containing shots from our last trip to Staithes in North Yorkshire . I’ve attached a link for those who aren’t familiar with this small North Yorkshire fishing village (which will be most of you). Extremely picturesque, it clings to the shore via an almost vertical road. Steeped in history and with a population of around 800, the village is often referred to as ‘Cook’s Village’, as Captain James Cook once lived and worked in the village. A popular tourist spot, the village was made even more famous by a group of artists known as the ‘Staithes Group’, (there work fetching thousands of pounds today). Following my recent nautical theme, I tried to draw and paint some of the images, but I’ve found their curves and as Barry Coombs described ‘cut melon like shapes’ difficult to master. Even so, there’s fun to be had in this subject. I have some catching up to do on friends’ posts and thank all of you who take the time and effort to leave such encouraging comments.