Breamish Valley

I have recently received a commission to do a watercolour painting depicting the Breamish Valley near Ingram. On Sunday I decided to do an initial research trip after church to remind myself of the location and general geography. I had driven through it a couple of years ago when I climbed Hedgehope, the second highest of the Cheviot hills. On Cheviot there are the remains of a B17 bomber which crashed in World War 2. From that walk I recall Linhope Spout, a stunning waterfall just a couple of miles further up the valley.

Ingram is 3 miles off the A697 just after Powburn. For part of the way, the road follows the the River Breamish which is surrounded by high rolling hills. On a warm sunny afternoon it is a popular setting for picnics and superb walks with interesting wildlife and scenery. Susan and I joined in with the various families enjoying the beauty of Northumberland’s National Park and had our picnic lunch by the river.

After lunch we had a wander about and called into the visitor centre in Ingram near St Michael’s Church before I decided to tackle a sketchbook watercolour of the river looking into the bright sunlight towards Ingram. The spring colours of the budding foliage were almost sparkling with blossom and verdant greens. We were both really impressed with the overall beauty and tranquil setting of the valley and I think I will have to return soon, perhaps one evening, to take advantage of the lower sun and longer shadows.

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About alan

British artist Alan Reed, was born in Corbridge in the North of England into a family with a history of painting. "I have been passionate about painting all my life and committed to helping others through my paintings". Alan trained as an illustrator / graphic designer in the North of England and spent the early part of his career doing artist impressions of new building projects for architects. Alan Reed specialises in landscapes, cityscapes and portraits both in watercolours and oils. His unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape. Alan Reed has had many successful exhibitions both in the UK and abroad including those at the Mall Galleries in London, Malcolm Innes Gallery in Edinburgh, Italy, the USA and the Middle East and has been a regular exhibitor of rowing scenes in the Stewards’ Enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta. 2013 Winner of "The Artist's Prize" in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 2013 with his painting "Jebel Akhdar, Oman". The painting was exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London.   2011 Alan Reed - Winner of the "Circus Painting Prize" in the Bath Prize. Alan Reed's painting of  “Pump Room in the Snow” was highly commended in the Bath Prize. 2011 Alan Reed - One of the finals with his painting of "Grey Street" in the "Show me the Monet" programme shown on BBC2. 2010 Alan Reed - 1st runner up in "The Bath Prize" with his original painting of "The Royal Crescent, Bath". Alan Reed's painting of the "The Roman Baths by Torchlight" was also highly commended in the Bath Prize. Artist Alan Reed's approach to painting is described in a book
entitled "Landscapes in Watercolour" by Theodora Philcox, an inspirational book which features the work of 23 leading watercolourists from around the world. The Middle East is an area to which Alan has given his artistic attention thanks to a series of ongoing commissions for the government of Oman. Alan’s work has become increasingly collectable and is widely represented internationally through private and corporate commissions including those for Royalty, Coutts Bank, Rolls Royce, Northern Rock PLC, several client’s private and corporate properties both in the UK and worldwide. We supply to Interior designers, Cruise ships, Corporate companies and galleries providing the perfect solution to meet all your needs. Portraits, Gift Vouchers, Sherree V-Daines, Sketchbook, Reviews, Painting Tips and Paintings for the Queen Worldwide Shipping www.alanreed.com
Nicola Brown says:

have you ever thought of becoming a travel writer?….

Alan Reed says:

Hi Nicola

I do intend to blog some of my journal writings and sketches from various Italian trips.

Alan