Bamburgh castle in mixed media in a Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook
Bamburgh Castle from the dunes. Watercolour and mixed media in Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook
Another sketch from the break in Northumbria. The view of Bamburgh castle from the dunes is great - it is huge, looming silhouetted on its headland above the sweeping beach.
The textures of the marram grass, thistles and other plants interested me equally. Working fast was essential as we only had limited time up there. To get the textures, the luminosity of the sea and sky and the looming power of the castle, I ended up using watercolours, a little grey ink, a little gouache, conte pencil, white acrylic ink and some coloured pencil.
The first (very quick) sketch was from lower down and further back in the dunes, done where I parked the car, and done using grey ink and charcoal. I used twigs to draw with the ink - it gives a lovely range of marks that are freer and looser than pens. And they are free :>)
Bamburgh castle, grey ink and willow charcoal
More to follow ....