Razorbills and guillemots and kittiwakes: St Abbs Head

20130620 St Abbs Head

I moved out along a narrow spine of rock with a steep drop on either side.  To either side the cliffs projected out to sea in a series of ridges.  The sun was hot and no wind disturbed the paper.  On the vertical surface facing me, kittiwake pairs were spaced out, nesting along the narrow cracks and faults in the rock.  The guillemots formed denser colonies on sloping surfaces lower down and on the tops of the more isolated stacks.  The red sandstone was mottled by lichen and guano and sunlight.

6 responses to “Razorbills and guillemots and kittiwakes: St Abbs Head

    • It just over 40×40 cm. i was doing quite a lot on A2 size paper – unusual for me. My field kit includes A3 paper all in a waterproof bag for walking on the hills , but here there was not much distance from car to cliff, so i carried bigger sheets. I need some system for strapping a big board and paper on the outside of my rucksack as its great to work at this size.

  1. Thank you for following my blog. So difficult to paint outside on a large piece of paper a task at which I failed. Hope you find a solution for the large outside work.

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