The view is across the Leven valley in Yorkshire looking over to the Clevland hills. Climbing the hill to Captain Cook’s monument above the hamlet of Great Ayton where Cook was schooled.

I was struck by the patchwork of the fields stretching away into the blueness of the distant hills.

Perhaps the middle ground fields could have been a tone or two darker, but I needed to establish some recession against the foreground.

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  1. Thanks Steve. It’s a pleasant village – my mother grew up there. We climbed a hill – Roseberry Topping which towers over the village and from where you can see Tee side and the Cleveland hills and other great views. Close by is Staithes where Cook started his sailing career and is a great place for painting and sketching. I watched David Curtis, the artist – who lives there – come down each day at the same time to paint the boats and buildings.


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