Collection 5

Bridlington Harbour

It probably appears an unusual location from which to portray Bridlington Harbour with the pleasure boats moored to their upright posts and boards.

But these were the subjects that I really liked and it also gave me a view of the pier with the many crab pots plus the Harbourside buildings.

This image is from the slipway where T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was posted following his involvement developing high speed launches for rescuing downed RAF pilots. To avoid being recognised he had changed his name to T.E. Shaw whilst serving as an aircraftsman. 

This view is now historic as these old boat moorings have all been swept away for the new marina. 

Awaiting The Ferry

Lodore, Derwentwater

Lodore is at the southern and far end of Derwentwater from Keswick and one of the landing stages for the ferry boats.

These run alternate routes around the lake.

As this is rather out of the route the boats take people have to signal the ferryman to be taken on board.

I can’t remember if the two seated people were actually there at the time, but I popped them in  as an essential part of the composition and to provide added interest. 

Tiny as it is, the distant red sail between the posts is also an important element in the composition to draw your eye to the far side of the lake. 

A4 Sir Nigel Gresley, Goathland, NYMR

Starting South from Grosmont there is a steep incline to Goathland station high on the North Yorks Moors.

Here A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is steaming into Goathland easily hauling five or six coaches.

This locomotive was for many years an express performer on the east coast route between London and Edinburgh with an offshoot to Leeds.

All the A4’s were displaced by the introduction of the Deltic Diesels on these services. 

Raw Lane above Mytholmroyd


Foot and mouth disease brought an abrupt halt to our many walks in the Dales. 

Fortunately for us an alternative was found in the South Pennines. 

For us travelling by bus and train, the old lanes and tracks above Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden with views of road, rail and canal twisting their way up the valley were magic.  

The canal, at that time in disrepair with locks in a terrible but interesting state were also magic.  Eventually repair, life and canal boats began to return.

Here with the old lane disappearing into the distance, the horizontals and verticals break up this atmospheric situation.





Bench with a Sea View.

When I was much younger I often wondered how people could just sit for a period of time and where applicable chat, even with a good view. 

Now that I am in my eighties, having been very ill, no explanation is necessary. 

What a pleasant thing to do.

And with a sea view.

Cavendish Pavillion, Bolton Abbey, Wharfdale

Bolton Abbey and its extensive grounds is a very popular place to visit.

Going west up the river from the Abbey for about a mile one comes to the bridge and the pavilion, the roof of which is seen on the left. This is a well appointed café and gift shop.

Here begins Strid Woods.

The Strid itself is where the waters of the river Wharfe are compressed into a very narrow, deep, fast flowing rocky gorge.

This painting is executed in the ‘Fauvist’ style as described elsewhere.

Rapids on the River Wharfe

This stretch of the river is near Howgill below Burnsall. The footpath is a part of the Dalesway which Rose and I have traversed on several occasions.

Here the geography creates a good composition.

The bright green meadow takes the eye from left to right. Then the tumbling river brings you back in the opposite direction. and forwards with the action of the waters hemmed in by the banks on the right.

The trees provide the necessary verticals and the autumnal backdrop.

Then the overhanging branches break up the gradated sky.

Sailboats on Ranworth Broad

In complete contrast to the tumultuous waters of the rapids on the Wharfe, here we have the languorous rippling waters of the broads.

The nearest yacht is proceeding slowly under sail whilst the following two are being poled.

Whilst being created in the home, I like to think that I am getting some flavour of the great Impressionist Monet painting the river ‘plein air’ at Argenteuil.







Bee on Helenium

My wife is a very keen gardener, I help ! We are both interested in growing pollenating plants to feed insects, bees and butterflies. 

I spent some time in the sun watching and photographing. 

In the painting I like the contrast between the treatment of the flowers and the detail of the bee which seems to show its’ concentration of its’ ‘job in hand’.  

The dark background enhances the bright sunlit foliage and the bee.

Loup Scar, Wharfedale

Before the foot and mouth epidemic Rose and I did a lot of walking in the Dales.

We often chose a shortish distance of say four or five miles which gave us the time to observe our surroundings.

We stop and study our respective interests.

Loup Scar is a little way upstream of Burnsall on the river Wharfe on our way to Grassington.

This is on the Dales Way.