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Painting of Alnmouth Estuary

Original Watercolour of Alnmouth Estuary in Northumberland

Original Watercolour of Alnmouth Estuary

Paintings of Northumberland

I’ve been asked to supply a number of my limited edition prints of Northumberland for a property at Alnmouth. These are the types of project which I really enjoy, using my work to help create a space of rest and atmosphere.

Alnmouth is a small town situated on the Northumbrian coast. After viewing the rooms, I wandered around the estuary that the property overlooks. I felt inspired to paint some new scenes to compliment the ones I already had.

River Aln

Armed with my sketchbook and camera, I returned to record the small boats resting on the soft sand. It was a wonderful winters afternoon, the low light sparkling on the river Aln, with little sound other than the seabirds. It’s at times like this that I really appreciate where we live and the relative safety that can be enjoyed here in the UK.

Watercolour of Alnmouth Estuary

St Cuthbert’s Cross

The reference provided me with lots of images to get excited about. I’d purchased some handmade watercolour paper from Khadi Papers, ideal for loose, expressive paintings. The boats are very much the focal point for both paintings. However, I also decided to feature St Cuthbert’s Cross on the mound in the background called Church Hill. This is to provide a reference to the locality of both scenes. St Cuthbert’s Cross is said to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to be Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the King.

The two paintings are “Winter Light, Alnmouth” and “One Boat, Alnmouth”.

Both are available in sizes from A4 for £65 unframed.

£159 for 495 x 345 mm unframed.

We can go up to 660 x 450 mm for £295 unframed, or even larger.


It’s not the first time I’ve painted Alnmouth. Over twenty years ago I received a commission to paint it from inland, looking out towards the sea. I recall painting it early one morning, with the sun rising above the sea. After working on this project, I feel inspired to return to do some more paintings. Watch this space.

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