There's a seat on the point at Bamburgh near the old fog horn (no longer in use), that enjoys fabulous views.
It looks out over black point rocks. The rock is often referred to as Stag Rock becuase of the white stag that's been painted on the rock face there. However, sitting in the seat, you can look to the left and see further up the coast. On a clear day you can see Lindesfarne castle on the enigmatic island often called Holy Island, but also called Lindesfarne. To the right is Bamburgh Castle, though it's admittedly a strain to try to see that while sitting on the seat. Nevertheless, the prominent position and shapes of the rocks makes it a great place to dwell a while, watching the Rock Pipets soar high and plunge to earth making their displays.
- Image size: 29.7cm x 42.0cm (11.69" x 16.53")
- Medium: acrylic
- Ground: 300lb watercolour paper
The bank rises behind the seat and on quieter days, it's a private idyll to loiter in, admiring the view of the distinctively shaped black point and the Farne islands beyond. The rocks are indeed very black. I'm not sure of the geology of the area, but the blackness almost seems unnatural. There's hours of fascination scrambling over, around and through the forms, peering into the pools with their myriad of tiny shells, beautiful pebbles and who knows what else you might happen across.
There are quite a few seats on the banks near to Bamburgh Castle and every one of them has a unique vantage point from which to enjoy the landscape surrounding the castle. Each one is a special place and this one most certainly is too.
The day I painted this was a cold one, despite it being June! There was a strong biting wind so I worked quickly before my fingers decided to hurt as they lost their warmth. It was early morning and I was determined to make the most of the day so this was another reason not to dwell too much. As a result, this study has a lot of freshness – it's often the way.