Filey Bay

The Story Behind the Painting

This photo is taken from my recent 2018 trip to my home town of Filey, North Yorkshire, England. The view is from Carr Naze looking back towards Filey seafront where white hotels and buildings are visible.

I walked through the town of Filey looking into shop windows but most of them had changed from what I remembered from years gone by. I headed down to the seafront and remember trips with my granny when I was a child walking hand in hand always asking for sweets.

As I made it to cobble landing I couldn’t resist some fish and chips and a waffle as I sat and watched people washing the lifeboat that had returned for a training exercise. After making a pig of myself I then walk along the beach and up the many stairs of Carr Naze, which brought me back to country carpark then into town and back home.

Filey Bay, North Yorkshire

My Painting Process

So determined not to have my paper buckle on me again, I wet my paper both sides then taped it down. Well I tried as the tape would not stick to the wet paper but after a while it behaved as labeled.

I used cerulean blue working wet in wet to create a nice sky and sea, lifting the clouds with some toilet paper as I misplaced my sponge.

I used various green to create the hillside with outlines of trees in the distance.


I was using watercolour rather than my normal medium of gouache in the hope that I could finish this painting within an hour for a 90th birthday present.

I continued to work more fields in the background and the cliff face down to the beach. I forgot I was working in watercolour which is transparent colours so I couldn’t paint the yellow daisies in the foreground. I have since bought some masking fluid and hopefully I can use this for future paintings.

As you can see this is not quite finished so I left empty handed and headed off for the 90th birthday lunch.


After consuming a rather large seafood basket and meeting a handful of relatives I returned to my painting.

Not feeling under pressure anymore I concentrated on the small details that make up this painting.

I started adding the ripples in the waves, rectangular buildings on the seafront. Distant fields and people walking in the beach and waves lapping over the rocks.


I popped this into a frame that I had purchased the day before and headed off to the after party to hand over my surprise painting.

Joyce and myself with the painting of our home town Filey, North Yorkshire. All I can say was she loved it and I was covered in kisses arm rubs and pats. It’s also proudly hanging on the wall in her house.


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

Please Email me directly for more information or to purchase an original painting.

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