The dunes are a huge part of the Bamburgh Castle experience.
Whichever direction you approach the beach presents you with a walk through the undulating dunes, as you will know if you've visited this wonderful place.
- Image size: 22.8cm x 22.8cm (9" x 9")
- Medium: acrylic
- Ground: 300lb watercolour paper
This is an acrylic painting I painted after returning from a trip there. It was made from sketches, memory and a few photos (I do not copy photograph by the way). I've spent many hours since sitting in the dunes and it's a lovely experience, especially when the sun is shining. All that movement of waving grasses, sprinkled with flowers and the gentle buzz of insects – yet it's somehow serene and calm. No doubt in winter there's a different story.
All the movement and texture makes dunes a challenging prospect for an artist and I'll admit to having been too daunted to progress much so far. However, since my last trip there this year (2019), I've developed more confidence. Developing as an artist is a slow process because each new landscape feature requires a new skill developing. I think it's why a lot of artists stick to one type of painting and paint it over and over in endless variation. I'm a glutton for punishment and want more challenge than that – so dunes will get painted at some–point.