Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten) 
In the foreground on the right is a seat, a hut sits in the middle distance and the castle beyond that.

Bamburgh Castle

‘A seat with a view’

If you've visited Bamburgh, you'll know this view instantly.

Nestling in the grassy bank near where the rocks start to appear in the sand at the end of Bamburgh beach is a seat. There are a few thereabouts. Between the seat and the castle is the hut which seems a bit random. There are no other beach huts. It's always intriguing.

The view from this position can only be described as epic. I know, I use the word a bit too often. Strangely, sitting here often feels secluded even though Bamburgh always has lots of people on the beach year round. The grass is growing through the slats in the back and the seat as if no one has sat there during the Summer. The road passes by above and people file past on the beach below. Few follow the paths through the grasses along the bank and even less cast their eyes to the bank – there's too much else to catch the attention.

  • Image size: 29.7 x 42.0cm (11.69" x 16.53") - A3
  • Kind: Study
  • Medium: acrylic
  • Ground: 300lb watercolour paper

This is a place to sit and absorb the rythum of life. The sound of the sea, the buzz of insects in the grasses, feeling the gentle breeze, the motion of the grass gently waving to and fro, sensing the warmth of the sun, all accompanied by the distant giggle of happy and excited children on the beach. They sound distant here, half way up the bank some way from the main parking areas.

You feel unnoticed, working away on your painting, almost in a different dimension to the rest of the world. Such is the power of the place. It's partly the concentration you build up while looking and painting – it somehow seems to slow down time. There's a calm to Bamburgh beach during the more settled Summer week days that makes it easy to loose yourself in looking, observing and studying. A place for just being in the moment whether you're an artist or not. I recommend you go find this seat and you'll likely see what I mean.

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