Staithes Low Tide by Randy Sprout

8.5X11 Inch Pen & Ink with Acrylic Wash on #140 Strathmore Water Color Paper: I was just smitten by a photo my friend Stephen ( Sam) Jackson took of low tide in Staithes and asked him if I could try and paint it. If you would like to see his stunning photo, it’s here
Thank you very much Sam!

I am semi retired and love to travel with my 9X12 #140 Strathmore pad, my Sharpie Ultra Fine ink pen and five or six sticks of pastels or acrylics to color in my “finds” Sometimes I get real lucky and my wife Dawn will take some pictures I can use later. I seem to always be able to give some kind of sketch to my subjects or those bystanders who desperately want to give me some advice.

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 4 years ago

    You got every nook and cranny and angle just about perfect Randy. Staithes is such a fascinating place, and I always end up stopping in my tracks when I see that name in a title, whether it’s a photo or a painting. Several artists on RB have shown the world what a great place it is, and now you are among them. Love the colours.

  • Thank you very much my dusty friend, this was the first time in quite a while that I went to acrylic for the colors and not to pastels. I think it was easier to fill in the light, and certainly much quicker.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    Excellent painting Randy,
    Just the scene I love to paint.
    Into faves, Cheers Neil

  • Thanks very much Woodie, I want to take my kit there someday, but meanwhile I have Sam’s great eye!

    – Randy Sprout

  • samsalt1
    samsalt1about 4 years ago

    I’m never sure what the outcome will be when someone asks if they may use a photo of mine for reference and on occasion I have been dissapointed with the end product but you have done a superb job Randy and I am delighted I went along with your suggestion.
    The foreground wetness in particular I find outstanding and the tweaks you’ve made since showing me the earlier rendition have made a huge difference.

    Brilliant job !

  • Oh Sam I am really happy to hear this from you! Yes I have been “tweaking” the piece, then stepping back and squinting. Those damn hull shapes I drew over and over, as the hulls are so tilted. The forground came in easy, as I had your wonderful sharp image to refer to, you have such an excellent eye!

    – Randy Sprout

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholabout 4 years ago

    Great interpretation Randy. I was lucky to be there just last weekend.

  • Oh Sue you are so lucky to have this area close enough to paint! I have seen your dexterity in painted hulls on the hard and have been amazed at your renditions

    – Randy Sprout

  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...about 4 years ago

    Lovely painting,, Randy . Great interpretation of Sam’’s superb image !!

  • Thank you very much Mattie, and I have been admiring your very painterly photo work as well.

    – Randy Sprout

  • rosalin
    rosalinabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much Rosalin.

    – Randy Sprout

  • CaDra
    CaDraabout 4 years ago

    Nice piece Randy, Loved the colours and the fine detail

  • Thank you very much Carolyn.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 4 years ago

    Featured Work April 14th, 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thank you very much Mary!

    – Randy Sprout

  • Almeida Coval
    Almeida Covalabout 4 years ago

    fantastic painting my friend, wonderful..

  • Thank you very much Almeida.

    – Randy Sprout

  • scallyart
    scallyartabout 4 years ago

    It looks fabulous Randy. Nice reflections in the pools of water also.

  • Thank you very much Kerry.

    – Randy Sprout

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