North Yorkshire Moors – Hole of Horcum

Anyone who has travelled the road from Pickering to Whitby across the moors will know this particular landmark.
And, most likely, stopped the car to get out and have a look!

I have a friend who tells me she has spent many happy hours with her husband and her dog walking the Moors here. (The dog sleeps all the way home in the car!)

And there used to be a significant number of hang gliders who would gather. Although I haven’t seen any there for a long while now.



47 Responses to “North Yorkshire Moors – Hole of Horcum”

  1. David,

    Even though this isn’t the first time I have seen this painting, it brought the same gasp when I saw it on here.

    I am still so captivated by the trees and grasses in the foreground. They form a wonderful contrast to the rest of the painting, where you have explored colour wonderfully.

    This is a really good painting; you have a gift; keep going!

    Love you loads


    xxx x

  2. With colors like that, I can see why people are drawn to this spot!! Beautiful my many talented friend!! Big hugs!!

    • It is a beautiful place Sandy – no matter the weather.
      Perhaps I will get a chance to paint it again in winter when snow has fallen

      Big hugs to you too my friend


  3. Nice use of colour. I love the Yorkshire countryside and my weekly ascent of Otley Chevin.

  4. This is very attractive David and well done with ‘Brushes’. Living near London, I’ve seen the David Hockney exhibition twice now and seen his inspiring his use of the iPad. You’d love his take on Yorkshire!

    • John,

      It was seeing what David Hockney was doing with his iPad which inspired me to invest in an iPad and in the Brushes app. I am so pleased I did – it is providing me with many pleasurable hours.
      I know quite well some of the Yorkshire landscape which David Hockney is painting and that too was part of the inspiration. My very favourite is one of Garrowby Hill which I could spend hours looking at.

      Hockney, of course, can stand on the prom at Bridlington and paint a sun rise on his iPad as it is happening. I am a long way off reaching that level but it is good to have a dream!! πŸ™‚


  5. Lovely David and the colours are great.

  6. What a wonderful, colourful photo. Not sure if I’ve ever been that way by road. A most interesting blog (:

  7. Breathtakingly beautiful — I can feel the cool wind on my face! Thanks, David!

  8. the Moors where so many great works of literature took place.. wonderful David!

  9. The Moors .. where so much great literature takes place….lovely David…

  10. Yup, ridden round here a few times, too! Another wonderful image, David – you really do have a gift for this. N.

  11. So many of my favorite novels in English literature include sections where the characters ramble on the moors with their dogs. Your painting is just wonderful. I really like the way you indicate where the sunlight hits with the pale yellow color. Some of my flying club friends who were in the USAF told about hang-gliding here when stationed in the UK or sent there for joint training exercises. This was back in the late 70s and early 80s, of course.

  12. I’ve read about this place, though never been there. Doesn’t folklore claim that some giant reached into the earth and picked up a handful of dirt to throw at his wife? πŸ™‚ And look at that – beauty sprouted! Absolutely stunning creation, David.

    • Good to see you Tornadoday,

      I do believe that there is a myth something to that effect.
      Perhaps one of my Yorkshire born readers would be able to further enlighten us.


  13. Hi David,

    This is absolutely lovely!!! I’m very taken by the breadth and depth of the landscape. I think I would like the moors. πŸ™‚
    There’s something breathless about the scene you’ve captured so I can only imagine it would be even more so actually standing there. πŸ™‚

    I really do like the way you are using colours in the landscape. It invites me to explore and have a look around. I just adore the trees you’ve painted in the forground, they lend an even greater sense of depth to the landscape and their starkness in contrast to the land below is very striking. I really like your shadowing on the tree trunk on the left hand tree. It’s a very little thing (trust me to pick on little things πŸ™‚ ) but I really like it. The contrast of sun and shade. It’s very well done and I can’t help but be drawn to it. πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on another wonderful painting!! It’s a joy to watch your talents bloom! πŸ™‚

    Wishing you much spring time inspiration and many more creative hours to come. πŸ™‚

    and K’sOTC πŸ™‚

    • Hi Tikarma,

      You would love the Moors.
      You will be more used to open space and big skies in Australia than we are in this country. But even having said that I think the North Yorkshire Moors are something special.
      During the summer months steam trains still run along the railway line which crosses the moors – Now that is something to experience!! πŸ™‚

      I have a big smile on my face at your comment about the ‘little things’. I was pleased with how that particular ‘little thing’ turned out!! I think it is all about having the confidence to try them. One of the things the herring gull painting taught me was about some of those little details. πŸ™‚

      I will send you an email about some of the other things I have been doing.

      Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

      I hope your own painting week continues to go well

      and K’sOTC πŸ™‚

  14. Hi David,

    what a beautiful painting, this digital art has many limitations, as for depth and shades, which are so much easier to suggest with the traditional materials, so I am amazed you got this fine result.
    Will you be taking art classes, I can imagine it would give you as much pleasure as poetry workshops. To get the opportunity to learn even more from the skills from others is a real privelage.

    I googled the place and I found a picture of this spot, an amfitheatre I think it is. (Roman?) The trees are exactly like that colour, thin and light coloured. (I wondered why you didn’t make them white like berches or black, so they would give the painting more depth, then I realized this is the way they are πŸ™‚ The landscape is such! ) I think hangliding there must be a real adventure, one I would be glad not to anticipate πŸ™‚
    I have been there once, and was astonished by the scenery. Now that was in June, I think the heather must be purple later in the year.

    How do you manage with your colourblindness? You do capture the nature so well. πŸ™‚
    In the painting of the stone skimming, you showed that you can use black as a shade, in the shirt. That painting will remain my fav. And of course the one of the road between Whitby and Pickering ( keeping my fingers crossed for the project πŸ˜‰ ).
    I am very pleased to see you are enjpying your new hobby.
    Enjoy your walking and I hope you will make many pihoto’s!
    And poetry of course. Eline liked Barney very much btw, I read her some poems yesterday (you can’t start early enough with poetry and English) and she laughed when I read Rituals to her πŸ™‚ Howeve, when she heard about the dead vacuum cleaner, she threw up. Not sure what that means, maybe she is a cranky art critic πŸ™‚

    Arohanui πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ina,

      I am only beginning to find out what this particular medium allows me to do so,for the moment, I do not see the limitations!! πŸ™‚
      I have been to drawing classes in the past. For the moment I will continue to experiment, but art classes may be a thought for the future.

      As regards colour blindness, I can see colours even if I cannot name them. So, for example in the road picture, someone said the road was purple. It may well be but all I knew was it was the colour I wanted! One of the powerful feature of this way of painting is that I can try out a colour and if it doesn’t work for me I can just undo it and try another one. As for ‘shading’ I did learn about that in my drawing classes. πŸ™‚

      The heather blooms much later in the year. This painting was how it was on the day I met you in Whitby. I will go back later in the year when the heather is in bloom.

      I shall add to my CV that one of my poems had such a powerful impact on the listener that she threw up – That’s real impact!! πŸ™‚


      • That is so strange, that you see the colour but can’t name it. I thought this painting here was about heather, as there is a lot of purplish in it. πŸ™‚ The photo I saw, was much greener. I think the way you look, must be brighter than reality is? Or the sun made it this way. It was a beautiful sunny day, I remember that! πŸ™‚ You made this from a photo I suppose, but you also saw the real thing, which is essential for an honest result. Paintings from photo’s alone always have a “lie” in them I think πŸ™‚


      • Ah Ina,

        David Hockney says that if you look, really look, you will see the colour πŸ™‚
        And it was really bright that day – We did well πŸ™‚

        And yes, the painting is partly from a photograph and partly from memory – so i did have to be there. πŸ™‚


  15. lol I think I broke my own typo record, sorry!

  16. So much beauty in nature…makes me wish I could travel the world…probably would take a lifetime to visit it all…

  17. we have the pull outs here or did when i lived in california … along the coast highway and on many of the mountain roads where there is a view.

    always thought they were a nice suggestion. “let’s stop and LOOK.”

  18. David I really like this. I had no idea one could create such beauty on an iPad. Will have to look into this.
    My husband, son and I were great admirers of David Hockney, I have books of his paintings. The collection of his darling dogs just melts my heart. On one of our trips we went to Salts Mill. We spent Rod’s 60th birthday exploring Ilkley Moor, it was a wildly beautiful place. I think it’s in West Yorkshire, not sure.
    You are a multi talented man.
    Still holding your hand.

    • Tricia,

      The process of creating pictures on my iPad has opened up a whole new vista for me. I am thoroughly enjoying the learning – it is keeping me happily absorbed for hours.

      I went to Salts Mill recently specifically to see some of Hockney’s iPad paintings. I sat looking at them for ages. And I too have one of his books which I go to for inspiration on a regular basis.
      Ilkley Moor is in West Yorkshire – not far from me. But somehow I find that it is the North Yorkshire Moors which move me more deeply.

      My hand is always available to you


  19. I had forgotten this view until I saw your picture which captures it perfectly. You really do have a gift. This is beautiful.

  20. What a lovely picture! And the idea of “walking on the Moors” sounds so romantic. Feel I’ve been there in my dreams… πŸ™‚

  21. did you see i put an ebook up on kindle? built it myself graphics and all. kindle lets you download a sample if want to just see how i did it…. has only one poem that isn’t on the blog anyway πŸ™‚ here is link:

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