I have been doing some sketching in the coastal villages Robin Hoods Bay and Staithes both near Whitby. They are very popular places for visitors and have a beach at low tide but this is usually covered at high. Staithes is well known for the 'Staithes Group' - a group of about 25 painters during the 19th century, inspired by French impressionists such as Monet, Cezane and Renoir the artists worked together in 'plien air'. Staithes is seeing something of a revival artwise and there are several artists who now live and work there and a couple of galleries. Out of this has risen the Art and Heritage festival on the 12th/13th September. Many of the houses in the village open up their houses for artists to exhibit (or some take holiday cottages) I have been given the chance to exhibit at Roraima house - a b&b on Staithes Lane. I have spent several days round about Staithes, painting, and staying in my camper and have enjoyed getting to know the place but still have plenty to discover. The cleveland way passes through the village which is full of 'ginnels' and footpaths. There is a beck that runs down the valley in to the harbour where many small fishing boats moor up. Wonderful views can be seen along the coast either from the beach or up on the cliffs - so plenty of subjects to chose from.