Important things I learned in Staithes



  • Block in dark tones, simplify shapes and build details from there
  • keep brush strokes lively (blending not really needed)
  • don’t get caught up in unnecessary detail
  • details don’t need to be precise just an impression


  • you don’t need every colour under the sun but warm pale yellow puts the sunshine in, and cerulean blue is handy at the seaside!


  • keep hydrated


  • unsaturated colours = tonal value
  • if the sun is out, the colours will be brighter


  • DRAW!
  • Do a notan sketch IMG_3193
  • you don’t need a fancy easel – David Curtis’s is £30 from an antique shop but when the tide came in he rescued it first! 


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