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Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten)
A beach in the foreground

Bridlington Beach":‘Toward Flamborough Head’

Bridlington Beaches are a joy all year round. North beach looks toward Flamborough Head, as here in this painting.

This was the first outdoor painting of the year. After a Winter hiding indoors and a big project preparing for an exhibition keeping me in the studio, I was desperate to get outside and paint.

A lovely day presented itself, and on the spur of the moment, I decided “Ah, heck”. The need to make landscape art exerted itself, so what could I do. I beetled off to Bridlington on the Yorkshire East Coast, UK, despite much to do back home – it was a bit naughty.

The light by the sea at Brid, though, is always a joy, and North beach is constantly fascinating with its groynes†, shifting patterns of sand, and gleaming white pebbles. I could resist no longer.

original plein‑air painting

  • Artwork Size: 25.4 x 30.5cm cm (10 x 12 ins)
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel
  • Framed: Yes. Available without.

Feeling nervous I'd find I was out of practice painting outdoors, en Plein‑air, I arrived determined to come away with something.

The light was bright and clear. Just a sneaky cold wind meant I had to seek a protected corner.

I need not have worried about being 'rusty'. I'm pleased to have captured this beautiful beach, with Flamborough Head stretching out into the sea on the horizon, its white chalk cliffs catching the bright sun.

The textures in the foreground, the colours, the headland are all very satisfying to my eye, and it set me up for painting for the rest of the year.

† 'groyne'. (Though I've mentioned groynes, there doesn't happen to be one in the painting!) A comprehensive definition: A groyne is an active structure extending from the shore into the sea, most often perpendicular or slightly oblique to the shoreline. [Hellip;] The main function of a groyne is catching and trapping part of the sediment moving (mainly in a longshore direction) in the surf zone. [ Accessed: May 2021 ]