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This Artist Life. Places: Sandsend

Updated: Jan 18

Sandsend is a village on the East Coast of The North York Moors - it's at the end of the long sandy beach that curves round from Whitby.

Beach, sea and sky, North Yorkshire
Whitby from Sandsend

One of the things I love about this village, is the distant views you get of Whitby and the silhouette of the Abbey and Pier.

Waves and dark sky, Sandsend beach
Whitby from Sandsend

This weekend I did a half day Seascapes workshop in lovely St Mary's Church.

Workshop group learning to paint a seascape
Deep in concentration at the Seascapes Workshop

We based our painting on this view and used a few different techniques: wet on wet, wax resist, lifting off, spritzing water and tilting the board to create this interpretation of the view of Whitby from Sandsend.

The Seascapes Workshop is one of my most popular - head over to the workshops page to see when this will next be running.

An atmospheric watercolour of Whitby from Sandsend beach
Painting of Whitby from Sandsend

Things to do

The lovely beach is of course the main draw - there are also a few beachside cafes with lovely views where you can sit and enjoy refreshments after the exertion (!) of a beach walk.

My favourites are Tides - fantastic pizza! - and Sandside - great for Whitby crab! It's also a really popular surf beach.

The Cleveland Way passes through Sandsend. This marks the midway point between Saltburn and Robin Hood's Bay. The Cleveland Way is a long distance National Trail of 109 miles that stretches from Helmsley to Filey Brigg, taking in some spectacular moorland and coastal scenery.

Let me know your favourite place to stay or visit in Sandsend. :)

About the Author

Ione Harrison is a contemporary landscape artist and teacher with over 30 years' experience of painting and teaching.

Based in North Yorkshire, she works from a studio in Nunnington and delivers workshops across Yorkshire.



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