Open now: Four paintings in The Pyramid Gallery's Summer Show (Ends Sep 2nd).
Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten) 
The distincive Hawnby Hill rises in the distance with heather and a lone tree in the foreground.

Affordable painting:
Hawnby Hill

One of many affordable plein air paintings here on this site, this one shows Hawnby Hill in the North York Moors, Yorkshire.

Hawnby Hill is a distinctive hill between Hawnby and Osmotherly. It sits at the head of the lush Bilsdale right on the edge of the heather upland, by a beautiful if narrow road. It's a quiet, stunningly beautiful place that is perfect for outdoor painting.

  • Image size: 18.4cm x 35.6cm (7" x 14")
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel

There are very few distinctive hills in the North York Moors, mostly consisting of high expansive heathland. Hawnby Hill and its neighbour, Easterside Hill, are both steep sided and picturesque from numerous directions. They can be seen for many miles as the road through Bilsdale continues toward the pretty village of Osmotherly.

Seen from the North, as here, many individual trees sit in the heather in the foreground, looking like they have a tough time of it. They have much character and would make paintings themselves, often twisted and leaning away from some unseen force which is difficult to imagine on a summers day. I'm not intrepid enough to try the steep climbs and decents in a car not built for really challenging weather, though it would be wonderful to paint on location when snow is lying here.

No doubt I'll paint in the area again with so much inspiring material to 'go‑at'. This and other outdoor original landscape paintings will always be offered here on this website first, before they're made available via galleries or exhibitions.

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Open now: Four paintings in The Pyramid Gallery's Summer Show (Ends Sep 2nd).