Filey Beach

The Story Behind the Painting

So revisiting Filey beach, North Yorkshire England for a second time this week. I must have walked this beach hundreds of times as a kid and made lots of sandcastle, trenches on the beach. I must admit I still do whenever I get the chance to play in the sand.

A much younger me

I almost painted this scene of Filey sea wall as I liked it so much, I would spent loads of time climbing it or kicking a soccer ball against it.

If you look closely from this angle you can see the multi coloured beach huts on the top of the sea wall. This is a reference point, looking back to where I’m standing and from where I photographed the scene to paint my watercolour.

Filey 2018

My Painting Process

My reference photo was a nice little scene but it was taken on an over cast day which needed to be brightened up a little.

I started with the sky and added some nice clouds as I really hate a plain blue sky. I also haven’t managed to create an even colour sky yet anyway.

I added a little tape so I can create a nice flat horizon in front of Filey Brigg as I was painting it.


I was hoping that I could paint a lot faster in watercolour but I’m having trouble with the wishy washy look as it always looks un finished to me.

I was really enjoying painting the stone work and was thinking that this is going to be a good stepping stone for Scarborough Castle at some stage in the future.


Next I start adding the buildings and the railing on the sea wall which was a little challenge to get the perspective right and railings evenly spaced.

I added a few straight lines but in the end I thought this was cheating and had to create all the joins as well, I just can’t help it, its all the small details that makes me the painter I am.


Time to paint thousands of little pebbles as I can’t be trusted with my stippling brush and paint flying across the room.


I’ve been looking forward to painting the little beach huts and adding a little colour to the beach scenery.

More sand, pebbles were added and the water was refined.

Small details were added like a few shapes of people in the distance and a string of lights between the lamp posts. A flag pole, lots of little hidden gems to find in this painting.

Iv’e even added the low tide marker, which I think is the marker for the end of the drain pipe as I saw it exposed last time I was over.


I re visit the brick work by adding more colour and rust stains created by the railings and general wear and tear of the un relentless sea bashing against it for years.

Also little kids, me included climbing and kicking soccer balls at it, so I wasn’t really a little angel if I had a soccer ball and too much sugar.

I have an idea of painting a North Yorkshire series, what do you think ?


Watercolour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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