Monthly Archives: March 2015

North Berwick and Dunbar – an almost wordless post

image showing sunny harbour in Dunbar

sheltered and sunny Dunbar harbour

This post will have to remain almost wordless as it’s really just an excuse to show some pictures of North Berwick and Dunbar. Ours was such a whirlwind trip that there was sadly no time to linger with my paintbox in any of the beautiful locations we visited, but they were certainly inspiring.

Since our return from Scotland I have been painting on the hill once more in the cold March evening light but I will save that for my next post. Now that the clocks have jumped forward an hour there should be increasing opportunities to roam around on the fells capturing the brightness and shadows in paint.

view of Dunbar shoreline and boats

scudding clouds and leaning boats at Dunbar

Dunbar waves photo

waves pounding Dunbar

Dunbar harbour photo

the searing blue of Dunbar harbour

boats at Dunbar

Dunbar boat trio posing for their photo

North Berwick wooden man

a rather quiet resident of North Berwick

North Berwick bench on the green

gentleman and his dog at North Berwick

North Berwick and Bass Rock, evening

farewell to North Berwick as the light fades and the Bass Rock prepares to set sail

The Beach

Bass Rock with beach rocks in foreground

the Bass Rock sails past whorls of rocky lava

On the beach inspiration for painters lurked round every corner, from ancient castles to crazy rock piles that had their own personalities. The light bounced madly from sea to sky to hidden harbour pool and the Bass Rock prowled across the horizon, pausing only to create striking compositions in combination with other elements of the scene.

As we walked, what appeared to be a black-cloaked figure perched on a distant rock suddenly became something else altogether and, in the spirit of painting, nothing was quite what it seemed. Colours and shapes can be deceptive. It was the kind of beach that fills the mind with odd ideas.

Tantallon castle, cliff view

when we rounded the corner the castle was there

photo of man lying by the sea

Andi and the tide

image showing strange rocks and forms resembling figures on a beach

rock figure and distant phantom

harbour on Seacliff beach

secret rock harbour and the ‘phantom’, now turned into a harmless wheel

rocks resembling a figure on Seacliff beach

the rock figure seems to have turned its back on the phantom in a rather snooty way

rock figure on Seacliff beach

rock figure stealing sea memorial

man and dog on Seacliff beach

a meeting on the beach

man with sea and Bass Rock

practising looking craggy