Bamburgh Castle when the tide ebbs quickly reveals shelving rocks.
There are rocks to the North and also, when the tide is low enough, to the South too. They form great platforms and steps with smooth surfaces on top. The beach beyond the rocks we see in the foreground here, is wide and majestic, as you'll know if you've visited Bamburgh. It's one of the best beaches I know and there's a lot of competition on the coast of the UK for the title.
When the tide is at it's lowest you can walk all the way to the fishing village of Seahouses, to the South, and back (Some 7 miles in total). I've not yet walked the whole way, because I've been too busy painting, or collecting other reference to use for making art back in my studio. I don't live near enough to be able to just pop out and check things, sadly.
- Image size: 29.7 x 42.0cm (11.69" x 16.53") - A3
- Kind: Study
- Medium: acrylic
- Ground: 300lb watercolour paper
This was a challening painting, because the wind was cold and strong. Hence it's a low viewpoint as I tried to shrink out of the cold behind the rock steps face to the right. Painting outside can be an uncomfortable experience. I was only staying for a week though so had to make the most of my time. Along with the ebb and flow of the tides, you have have to set-up and draw or paint where ever and whenever the changing landscape allows. At high tide this spot is covered up by sea water. You can see the seaweed covering some of the rocks or heaped up where it's become loose.
I seem to spend a lot of my life checking tide times and working out how long I have to make a painting or sketch. It's all part of why I do it of course – the ebb and the flow of the living landscape.