I regularly visit Northumberland - and Warkworth Castle towers above the landscape as a reminder of the decades of border wars between the English and the Scots, and the UK’s amazing history.
The castle is always breathtaking as the sun changes the buildings’ colour and shadow definition. Sometimes it glowers as a foreboding silhouette, at night it shines brightly – lit by the English Heritage floodlights.
I painted the castle in 2013 leaving it unfinished. In March 2014 I revisited the painting and changed it completely combining the building’s fortified edges with the Northumbrian countryside and miles of sky that frames it.
My favourite view of the castle is when you approach via the wetlands from Warkworth beach, with the fishing town of Amble to the South East. It must have been a formidable site in the 12th Century and is truly engrained in the landscape.
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