The Northumbrian town of Alnwick boasts a magnificent castle as well as stunning gardens. I’ve had the privilege of painting both.
In 2003 I was commissioned to paint over a dozen Northumbrian Castles in watercolour for a leading North East company to grace the walls of their boardrooms and Alnwick Castle was one of them.
I had already decided that I would spread the paintings out over the course of a whole year so that I was capturing all of the seasons. After working out when the sun was most likely to be catching the ancient architecture, I felt that the last light of a summer evening was going to best for this particular scene.
It was painted on an expensive hand made watercolour paper, heavily textured, which was ideal for rendering both the stone and the foreground grasses. It also allowed me to make quite large, free brush strokes to indicate the low lying clouds reflected in the slow moving River Aln.
The painting that was commissioned worked well for the client and I was so pleased with the result that I decided to do a slightly different interpratation of the same view which I later reproduced as this limited edition print. The original watercolour can be seen at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.
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The Tyne Bridge used to be the symbol of the North East which people looked to, as they travelled home. Now it’s the Gateshead Angel of the North as they drive past along the A1.
This iconic image was created by the artist Anthony Gormley and was erected in 1998.
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Taken from an original oil painting of the Angel of the North. This hand embellished canvas print has 22 carat Gold Leaf on the wings.
Each canvas print has areas which have been hand painted with oil paint by the artist.
In 2018 the Gateshead Angel will be 20 years old.
The beach at Bamburgh has recently been described as one of "England's greatest treasures."
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My painting of Bamburgh Castle has proved to be an immensely popular scene of this iconic castle.
There can be few castles that boast such a commanding view of beautiful unspoilt beaches.
Over the years I've painted the castle early morning on location at dawn where you are one of only a handful a folk on the beach.
A watercolour study painted on location one cold spring morning was the inspiration for this studio painting.
A sequence of washes, mainly of Lemon Yellow and Rose Madder have helped to create the atmosheric backdrop of the famous Northumbrian castle at Bamburgh.
The couple walking their dog bring a sense of scale to the painting.
This print is available in the larger size 495mm x 345mm for £155 unframed. Please telephone +44 (0) 1661 871 800 to order.
The stone from which Belsay Castle and Hall are made from turns a delightfully warm honey colour in the summer evening sunlight.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens are well worth a visit anytime in the year.
So many people in the North east have fond memories of the Central Arcade in Newcastle as they relate it to their shopping sprees at J.C.Windows, a music shop which still thrives to this day.
The arcade was bulit in 1906 and is a fine example of Edwardian architecture and design.
Many thanks for the complimentary 'Theatre Royal at night' print.I am a great fan of your work and first came across it a few years ago when in Newcastle. I bought a print of Central Arcade, as I always loved the Arcade when I was growing up. I was brought up in Darras Hall and moved to London when I was 18. The Central Arcade picture I ordered from you last month is a wedding present for one of my best friends, who grew up in Medburn. Although most of us from school are now down here, we visit the North East when possible. The whole package of the Newcastle, Northumberland, the people, football on match days can't be found anywhere else in the world.I hope to visit your gallery when up there later in the year.
Many thanks, Joanna H - Ealing, London
I don’t need much of an excuse to paint Dunstanburgh Castle. Northumberland’s Castles are well photographed and painted by amateurs and professionals alike.
I’ve often been commissioned to do paintings of castles and I have to say, it’s always a delight.
One such project came in 2003 when I was commissioned to do around a dozen large watercolours of North East castles for a major North East Company to hang in their boardrooms.
Dunstanburgh Castle was one of the chosen castles. I decided to paint it on a summer evening just as the sun was beginning to dip below the horizon with the waves pounding down on the rocks.
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