Bolton Abbey is a little village near Skipton, North Yorkshire and down on the edge of the river Wharfe where it bends and winds its lazy way through the valley sits the ruin of a priory. It is a hugely popular place for visitors, but you can escape the hustle and bustle in the woods and enjoy some superb views back across the river and the priory beyond.

For me, this painting has achieved something that many of my other pieces haven’t. I just hope I can build on this…

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

50cm x 50cm

I am delighted that this painting was featured in ‘Solo Exhibition’


  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 4 years ago

    i love the simplicity of this, and the colours are wonderful, brilliant work martin! xx

  • Thanks Linda! Any news on your cat?

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 4 years ago

    no sign of harry i am afraid…. beginning to lose hope now, i am thinking that my last hope is that he is shut in somewhere and maybe the weekend may see a release….. :>( thanks for your thoughts martin xx hugs

  • Fingers, arms legs and everything else crossed tightly for you…

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • scottnaismith
    scottnaismithover 4 years ago

    Abstract elements working well in this one, Martin. Really like the use of the complementary red ground coming in to describe line in some places and texture in others. I remember you said to me “its what you don’t paint”. So true. What you don’t paint is shown by previous layers. Getting the balance and relationships of these layers right is what counts. You’ve done that here.

  • I really appreciate your comments, Scott – thank you! I shamelessly pinched your use of red ground AND the square format canvas just to try them out for myself. I must confess I feel quite pleased with this painting! Best of luck with the Solo Exhibition!

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    great colours and depth in this one Martin…very inviting scene a lovely painting.

  • Thank you Linda – much appreciated!

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)
    Martin William...over 4 years ago

    Thank you for featuring this painting in ‘Hand Drawn or Painted Buildings’ – and thank you for my feature, too!

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    #Congratulations on being featured
    Inside Solo magazine, vol. 7!

    Inside Solo is the Art News and Resource magazine from Solo Exhibition.

    Click the link, top, to go there and see the magazine and your feature.

  • I’m stunned! Thank you so much!

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • Richard Sunderland
    Richard Sunder...over 4 years ago

    One of my favourite places afternoon teas at the Devonshire Arms after climbing Beamsley Beacon and then a walk down by the river and attempt to cross on the stepping stones. It is amazing how the ground colour can effect the later layers, I often try and start a painting with a different colour, black brings the tonality of the colour to the fore or go totally different and try primary colours as grounds it is amazing the effect it has on your palette making decisions. Constable used to use a warm earthy first coat, you can still see it on some of his full size oil sketches. They are in the V&A. Congrats again on being featured in Solo.

  • Thank you Richard! Those stepping stones are not for the faint-hearted! We like to park by the river at Bolton bridge and walk up the river to this viewpoint of the priory, then take the steep path up to Storiths and have tea at ‘Back o’ t’hill Farm’ or ‘Buffers’ as it is also known…

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • artbyrachel
    artbyrachelover 4 years ago

    A truly original take on a much painted scene!

  • Thank you Rachel! This painting has now sold but I’m working on another version…

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 4 years ago

    wow..this is well done..beautiful art!

  • Thank you so much for all your kind comments, Catherine – I really appreciate them!

    – Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)

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