Diffuse light makes 'Broadchurch' cliffs seem more massive

It has been a while since I have been able to write here – I have not even been able to finish my last post or write about the other things I saw and experienced on my stay in Brighton or the artwork that is beginning to appear from the trip. I even have notes and images from a walk before I went away! Hopefully I will catch up with the salient bits in the next week or so.

I have been pretty busy with other things and I have set up a new Twitter account (@DavidSmithArt) specifically for tweeting about my work and the arts in general.  That has quickly generated some interesting contacts, including an artist in Canada called Patti Agapi. She has begun a project to create a small, abstract collage every day for a year, which has inspired me to emulate her. I am a few days behind her but started today and my feeble efforts can be seen at Scissors & Glue.

And of course my home beach has been the subject of acute media interest as the star of ITV’s crime thriller “Broadchurch” and it is to that very stretch of  coast that I have been today.

East Cliff, West Bay

East Cliff, West Bay

I think it was something about the light – grey and diffuse but not too dull –  that made the cliffs seem even more massive and monumental than usual.  They really did seem to bulge with the heaviness of the recent rains: pregnant with landslips.  It was quite clear that there had been some falls today, with rocks having made visible tracks as they rolled down the sand,  marks that hadn’t been erased by the tide. There was one large boulder freshly fallen quite a way down the beach, shattered fragments on the wavecut shelf at the foot of the cliff from first impact still bright and unweathered. These recent falls really impressed on me that there are far more rocks littering the base of the cliffs that there used to be.  I was quite shocked. The quantity of rock has grown without me really taking it in.