Bamburgh Castle:‘A seat with a view’
If you've visited Bamburgh, you're likely to know this view instantly.
I suspect most people have been drawn to investigate the lone beach hut sitting to the North side of Bamburgh Castle. I know I have. There are no other beach huts, to my knowledge, and it's story is always intriguing.
Just beyond the hut are several seats distributed through the dunes there. While wandering near the beach hut, a turn to look in the direction of the fortification, reveals a version of this view.
Nestling in the grassy bank, near where the rocks start to appear in the beach, is one of these seats. There are a few thereabouts.
The view from this position can only be described as epic. I know, I use the word a bit too often, but there aren't a lot of locations where it's as deserved as it is at Bamburgh.
Strangely, sitting here often feels secluded. This is odd, given Bamburgh always has plenty of people on the beach, year round.
The grass is growing through the slats in the back, and the seat, as if few have sat there during the Summer. It may be the grass is growing rapidly of course.
original study painting
- Artwork Size: 29.7 x 42.0 cm (11.69 x 16.53 ins)
- Paper Size: A3
- Medium: acrylic
- Paper: 300lb watercolour paper
The coast 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.
This is a place to sit, and absorb the rythum of life. The sound of the sea; the buzz of insects in the grasses, and the sensation of the gentle breeze on your face. The motion of the grass gently waving to and fro, and the warmth of the sun.
There's 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 landscape art, 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 also a calm to Bamburgh beach during the more settled Summer weekdays 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.