Yet another cold morning - heavy frost at dawn oil painting of the River Esk, North Yorkshire

Detail from "Day break with heavy frost", nr Castleton, North Yorkshire.
Oil. Alistair Butt © 2013 -
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This was the result of getting up four hours before daybreak, driving three and a bit hours and then hoping all turns out well.

What cannot be predicted are things like the amount of frost, which was very heavy that morning, and the sunrise/clouds which can make or break this type of subject. The sky reflection in the river (River Esk) helps bring a little bit of warmth into the foreground but in the end I was lucky with the sunrise with just enough cloud to add some colour into the sky otherwise it could have ended up being a cold looking painting.

Thankfully, a few hours later, it was time to warm up with some hot food in the wonderful North Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby before heading along the coast which is a delight to many artists.

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