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Rocks at Bamburgh, watercolour and mixed media in S&B sketchbook

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Rocks at Bamburgh, watercolour and mixed media in S&B Delta sketchbook
The geology on the coast of Northumbria is fascinating with parallel ridges of rocks that look almost as though they were constructed by man and sheets of flatter rock and sand between.

This one is a study of the rocks to the north near Bamburgh.  It's basically watercolour but with bits of tinted charcoal and coloured pencil in there too.

Again I was enjoying catching the very different colours and mood of the north east.

More to follow .............

Northumbrian National Park, up in the hills, Derwent tinted charcoal pencils with waterecolour pencil

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The Cheviot Hills, in Northumbria, Derwent tinted charcoal pencils with a little of their watercolour pencil.  S&B  Delta sketchbook
Another one from the hills, higher up than the previous one, Late afternoon with the light about to go and passing drizzly showers.  But beautiful.   I love the high hills with the dramatic, steep slopes carved by glaciers, sheep and the occasional tough breed of cattle.  Fast streams, waterfalls, isolated farms, single track road .....  I love it!

I scribble a little watercolour pencil to get the underlying clear green and the basis for the sky and then worked in Derwent tinted chyarcoal - it's perfect for the colour, mood and texture of this landscape.   I really like them.

Again in the lovely S&B Delta sketchbook/

And there's more ....

Northumbria National Park, the hills above Alwinton, watercolour and mixed media

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Up in the hills of the Northumbria National Park, above Alwinton, Watercolour/mixed media in A4
S&B Delta sketchbook

I absolutely loved it up in the hills of the National Park. As the single track road rose higher, the land grew wilder, bleaker and more dramatic.  The land folded, carved by glaciers and drystone walls zigzagged, showing the contours of the land.

I painted a couple higher up as the sun was going down - I'll show those later.

This one is a mix of watercolour, conte pencil,. coloured pencil, tinted charcoal pencil and a bit of white ink.   I wanted to get the different textures quickly and mixing media was the best way for me to achieve this.

Below are a couple of photos from higher in the hills.




I would definitely like to revisit this area.  The landscape and history are wonderful.

Bamburgh Castle, watercolour and pen

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Bamburgh Castle, watercolour. pen and coloured pencil in S&B Delta sketchbook
Bamburgh castle from the other side, this time well lit, not the dramatic silhouette of the previous write up.  Those sides are steep, it would be an incredibly difficult place for an attacking army to take.  It really is massive.  Do click on the link there and look at the aerial view, it's amazing.

There were fascinating areas of rosy coloured stone amongst the greyer ones.  Not easy to keep track of all those windows and turrets and ins and outs :>)  It was sunny and beautiful but the wind was cold so this was done from the warmth of the car.

Harry Potter was filmed here - this is Hogwarts.

more to follow .....