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Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

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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Dunstanburgh Castle, November afternoon

In November 2009 my birthday fell on our day off, a Monday, so Susan and I decided to celebrate by driving up the Northumbrian coast to Newton by the Sea to have lunch in The Ship Inn.

After feasting on crab sandwiches and some local ale we walked along the beach towards Dunstanburgh Castle. I stopped to do a small sketchbook watercolour (yes even on my birthday) to capture the striking low light.

There was no wind and the sea was like a mill pond. I took some photographs and wasted little time in the studio to set about producing this watercolour which sold from a charity exhibition at the CastleGate in Newcastle in 2011. I did reproduce it as a limited edition print.

 There are only 25 copies in the edition which can also be seen at my Studio and Gallery in Ponteland.

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Durham Cathedral in Winter

Durham Cathedral dominates any view of Durham City and rightly so.

Described as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, it contains the remains of St Cuthbert and is, together with the castle, one of the first British World Heritage sites.  

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Dear Alan I’m writing to express my thanks for the recent print of Durham in Winter I purchased for my Dad’s 60th birthday; the gift was very well received, and is now hanging in pride of place in his office. Whilst my Dad is a man of many words, few of them are usually coherent, but the email I received from him afterwards clearly sums up my feelings towards your work too:

“Thanks for the present, really appreciated and love the scene - have spent hours looking at it!” Your amiable approach to business and blindingly obvious talent makes you a person for which it is a pleasure to do business with - I certainly have my eye on a few prints for myself in the future!  RC


Durham in Summer

This magnificent view of Durham City including the Castle and Durham Cathedral Cathedral is taken from Waldon Park above the railway station, on a beautiful summer's day.

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Durham in the Snow

This crisp winter scene is based on a small sketch book study painted in the cold of winter depicting the castle with Durham Cathedral in the background.

The Cathedral was voted the nations "Best Loved" building in a BBC poll in 2001.

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Dear Alan,

I am very pleased to confirm that I received your print of Durham in the Snow yesterday afternoon. It was very, very well packed and arrived in good order.

We are absolutely delighted with the picture. The print is absolutely beautiful and the frame compliments it very well.

The overall effect is stunning. The Directors will present the picture this evening at a special dinner party.

I am sure that the recipient  will be very happy to receive such a beautiful gift and that it will give him much joy every time he looks at it!

All the very best for the future.

Kind regards



Durham, Winter Light

Talken from the Original watercolour of Durham City depicting  Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the rooftops of the city.

Over the years I have painted a number of watercolours on location from this fantastic vantage point above the railway station.

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Emerson Chambers, Waterstones, Newcastle

Emerson Chambers in Newcastle is one of the finest examples of Art Noveau architechture in the North East of England, designed by Benjamin Simpson in 1903. Also the home of Waterstones Bookshop on Blackett Street.

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Fog on the Tyne, High Level Bridge Newcastle

An atmospheric watercolour painting of Newcastle's High Level Bridge full of mood and depth. Fog on the Tyne in all it's glory. Aptly named after the band Lindisfarne.

I’ve often observed the way early morning fog hangs over the River Tyne causing the bridges to rise out above.

This print looks spectacular in a larger size with an off white mount and black frame.

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Grainger Street, Newcastle

The popularity of my cityscapes is partially down to the fact that I usually include figures in the paintings which bring the painting to life.

Over the years I spent considerable time observing people going about their daily business in cities like Edinburgh, Venice and New York. I’ve developed my own shorthand for drawing them on the move in my sketchbook so I can refer to them when I come to do a studio painting.

I will of course take photographs as it’s impossible to draw people in detail walking about the streets unless they are deliberately modelling for you.

It’s the figures in this painting which are the dominant point of interest. Folk have often commented that they love the old man shuffling along with his newspaper sticking out of his back pocket, the two old ladies nattering away with their shopping bags and the road sweeper who has stopped to light up a fag. 

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