Filey Boat Family

The Story Behind the Painting

Well the people that follow along will know Filey North Yorkshire, England is my home town and this photo is from my November 2000 trip. I have been promising my Aunt Anne a painting of Filey now for a little while but wasn’t quite sure what to paint her and then it came to me. Since I have done two paintings of Filey with Filey Brigg in the background I was wondering how I could make this a little different and with a little more colour.

My Painting Process

So I decided to paint Coble Landing with a few boats with Filey Brigg in the background.

A pencil outline with a tractor and seven boats. I didn’t like the look of the last boat all wrapped up in Yellow as it was different to the other boats. I wanted it to be free like the others, this will become more apparent later in the story.


I am trying out some new tape that hopefully will not lift with the water like my last roll. I am happy to report that it worked well and did its job of sticking to the paper and holding the paper firm.

At this stage I decided that I would turn the last boat around also to match the others.


Starting with the clouds and a little blue sky poking through as this was a cooler time of year, November.

Next I worked on Filey Brigg with the brown clay cliffs and towards the right large patches of grass.

After this I added the sea of Filey bay.


I always love the tractor as it drags out the boats on wheels at low tide and I have an excellent photo I wish to paint at a later date just of the tractor and the wheels.

I just noticed that I forgot to add a Little trust to the tractor so after this blog I’ll add a little more orange, brown to it.

Well all there is left to do now is paint the boats and a little of the concrete


The boats were fun to do but a little hard at this scale as a wonky line can make a boat look very badly built.

I used a little tape to mask off the white painted line as I don’t have any masking fluid atm.

As you can see this painting is only a few inches across and fits in the palm of my had. I’m not sure if you can class this as a miniature or not but it was small to work on.


So as I said this painting is for my Aunt Anne and represents her family.

If I’m painting an artwork for someone I add their initials but this time I had another idea.

The Tractor is the head of the Family my uncle John if you look closely you can see the letter J.

Next the first boat is Anne and since boats are named after females for good luck I added her full name.

Next are her kids, and since they are male only have the initials C – R – D – R – T hopefully they are in the right order, now with birth years added too.

Last but not forgotten is Victoria spelt out in full on a nice pink wash boat.

Hopefully this is something special for you Anne, I know it’s only a small painting but once the idea came to me last night I new I had to start it straight away.


Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache 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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