St. Mary’s Graveyard


21cm x 13cm watercolour sketchbook

Painted back in February, St Mary’s graveyard is in Whitby (North Yorkshire). From the graveyard you can see Whitby Abbey, one of North Yorkshire’s more iconic sites. If you are fan of Gothic literature you may know the Abbey for it’s links to Dracula. I’ve visited the Abbey numerous times over the years, in fact I have painted it before in 2015 – “The Abbey“. It’s a lovely part of the world. I decided that I’d paint it again (kind) of for my watercolour practise, this time looking at it from a different point of view, through the graveyard.

The painting was another of those speed painting challenges so it’s probably not as neat and tidy as I’d normally like. With a 2 hour time limit it forces me to not think too much, to get the paint on the paper, and to just do it – it’s a way I can refine my learning and just go with the flow. One of the other challenges I set myself this time was only using a single medium brush, mainly to see what would be produced.

Not one of my favourite paintings, but when you set limiting challenges and you know it’s all just practise anyway, it’s just a case of going with the flow and accepting it.

If you have been keeping up with the recent barrage of posts you’ll know that there are more paintings to come. I’ve been distracted painting them, and now I’m distracted posting them. Come back very soon, and thanks for reading. 🙂