Mid June, at St Abbs Head bordering Scotland and England.
These pencil notes made in a small sketchbook were preparation for a painting. I wrote in comments on the soundscape and distribution of birds on the cliff faces.
The larger painting was done on rough paper. But I abandoned it incomplete, despairing of capturing the light on the rocks and atmosphere of the bird colony. Now I regret this. Looking at this now, I can see that painting in the sky and intensifying the midground might make something of this piece. I can still do this.
Here are an assortment of pencil sketches on loose paper and in the small pad made at that time.
And finally a couple of graphite sketches without a home elsewhere. The first was made on the boat leaving Bass Rock. The second was the very simple preparatory notes for the painting at Aberlady posted previously. I had forgotten I had made these notes.