Filey Sea Wall

The Story Behind the Painting

Another painting of Filey, North Yorkshire on the east coast of England, a beautiful seaside town. This time this painting was a gift for my stepmom. This was from my 2018 trip to see family and friends after I had sold my house, quit my job and started a life of adventure and travel. Now unfortunately less travel but lots more painting of places that I have visited over the years.

My Painting Process

I was trying a different technique by painting wet in wet to get a much smoother look on the sand and water. You wet the paper first then load up your brushes with thin layer of paint.


To create the water all I did was add a little white for the foam and some darker colours for the shadows. With a little effort the waves just seemed to appear.

I started painting all the holiday beach huts in their many colours and the bushes on the cliff face in a variety of greens.


Since this artwork was for my stepmom I decided to add her initials and my half sister and brother on the brickwork also. My dad has since passed away so I created a bird high in the sky to represent him looking down on everyone.


I totally forgot the take progressive photos on this artwork so this is the final image of the sea wall is a large jump from start to complete.

I didn’t get to show the undercoat and many layers of colours that it took to build up the sone wall with the seaweed, barnacles and stains that make it very textured.

As always I make sure the beach isn’t spotless with the odd scattered rock of footprint in the sand.




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 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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