Beachy Head Lighthouse Chalk Cliffs High Grass Golden Fields and the Sea



Beachy Head Lighthouse Chalk Cliffs High Grass Golden Fields and the Sea

View of the East side of Beachy Head with the Lighthouse in the distance.

Digital pigment print from original ink drawings. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks. Available in sizes A0,A1, A2, A3 or A4 as limited editions of 100. Each print is individually signed and numbered.

Seven Sisters Walk

The Seven Sisters National Park is just a stone thrown – a flint stone – away from Brighton. I often take bus no.12 to Eastbourne and stop halfway at Cuckmere. The first section of the walk takes you along the meandering marshland and mouth of the Cuckmere River. Then you continue along the shore climbing up and down the cliffs.

Beachy Head Lighthouse

Below the cliffs of Beachy Head in East Sussex in the English Channel you can find Beachy Head Lighthouse

It started operating in 1902 as the last traditional-style ‘rock tower’ or offshore lighthouse  to be built by Trinity House
The nearby Belle Tout Lighthouse, built 1834 on top of the cliffs was not as successful as had been hoped, as its light was frequently obscured by sea mists so in 1902 was decommissioned. 
The lighthouse was built by Sir Thomas Matthews, the Trinity House Engineer-in-Chief. The tower was constructed in Cornish granite and was lifted with a cable car from the top of the cliff. The lighthouse was fitted with an explosive fog signal and paraffin lights.
As a curious note, a successful  sponsored campaign to repaint the distinctive red and white stripes was launched in October 2011 as Trinity announced that it could no longer afford decoration and that it would have to be left to return to its natural granite grey.

Photograph of the based drawings for the art print. I draw these on A3 specialised marker paper with calligraphic brushes, fine-line ink pens, sponges, sand paper and other materials. The medium is watercolour, ink and charcoal. I scanned these to form the main line work and patterns in the final print.  

Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters

Brass Point is at the halfway point along the Seven Sisters. Looking east towards Belle Tout lighthouse you can imagine a scene long ago as customs officers defended this coastline against smugglers. Below you is the site of Crowlink coastguard station though all that remains today are tell-tale banks and hollows in the grassland. Recent archaeological work shed light on the day to day life of the people living here. The excavations unearthed household objects including plates, saucers, beer bottles, pins, pipe and gilt coastguard buttons dating from 1820.

The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk sea cliffs on the English Channel coast, and are a stretch of the sea-eroded section of the South Downs range of hills, in the county of East Sussex, in south-east England. The Seven Sisters cliffs run between the mouth of the River Cuckmere near Seaford, and the chalk headland of Beachy Head outside of Eastbourne. Each of the Seven Sisters cliffs are distinguished by dips in-between them, which are the remnants of dry valleys in the chalk South Downs which are being gradually eroded by the sea.

Some of the cliffs and adjacent countryside make up the Seven Sisters Country Park, which is bounded on its inland side by the A259 road, and is itself a part of the larger South Downs National Park

Drawing with seagull’s feathers

In this video I show how I draw with feathers and ink the shapes for high grasses that later I will use in this art print. I find the feathers along the seashore, often after storms in Brighton Beach.

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Print sizes: standard landscape

Art print A0 size landscape, Art print A1 size landscape, Art print A2 size landscape, Art print A3 size landscape, Art print A4 size landscape

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