I'm doing a series of blogs with a little bit of background information about some of the Harris Tweed "paintings" in my exhibition at the Bakehouse Gallery in Alnwick this summer.
Northumberland is a very special place for terns. Every year in May, June & July the beach by Long Nanny (a quaintly named stream near Beadnell) becomes the largest nesting ground for Arctic Terns in the UK. Arctic Terns migrate here all the way from the Antarctic, a journey of at least 12,000 miles. The much rarer Little Tern and Roseate Tern also come to Northumberland to breed in the summer.
Terns are smaller than Herring Gulls and these agile little birds can be seen flying up and down the coastline of Northumberland,scanning for fish below, and when they see one, they dive into the sea in a most spectacular manner. In this picture I have tried to capture this behaviour on a clear summer's morning and you can take it from me that there is a calm and sparkling blue sea down below.
"Flying Terns" has now sold, but there is a new slightly different version for sale in the exhibition. But this image is still available as a greetings card or a giclee print in 2 sizes (£25 & £75) from the Bakehouse Gallery or our online shop.
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.