25 Years of Online Art
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
6d ago
Kidney TransplantEldon Gardens As the 20th Century was drawing to a close a friend of mine said we should be selling online art. At the time I knew very little about the internet or the world wide web as we used to call it back then. We were doing very well selling our paintings from a gallery we had in Eldon Gardens Shopping Centre in Newcastle. However, I wanted no time in buying my domain name alanreed.com. A young IT chap was building a website for a business partner, so I asked him to build one for me. My memories of that first site are vague, there were only 12 paintings on view. The des ..read more
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Roseberry Topping
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
1M ago
Roseberry Topping, WatercolourJunction 42 Over the last few years I have been developing creative art projects for  many of the UK prisons. This has been for the North East Charity Junction 42. I’ve been working for the charity part time for the last six years as an outreach worker in the community with ex-offenders. However I’ve also been delivering art projects in some of the regions prisons. One of the images that prisoners have been painting in their “Landscapes in Watercolour” projects is Roseberry Topping. I take the prisoners through a step by step process of how to paint the scene ..read more
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Review of 2023
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
2M ago
Sandhill, Morning MistWatercolour Demonstration As the year draws to a close I know that I will be taking my usual time out to review the year. Like most of us, it’s a combination of being grateful, and thinking of those less fortunate. Spending time working in one of the north east’s prisons does give you a greater sense of appreciation for the freedom that most of us take for granted. Here’s my Review of 2023. Early on in 2023 I was invited to do one of several watercolour demonstrations for local art groups. In February I showed the group how I would start a cityscape by laying the initial ..read more
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Capturing Italy’s Timeless Beauty: Alan Reed Art’s Prints of San Gimignano and Siena
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Michael James
3M ago
There’s a certain magic in Italy’s landscapes, architecture, and rich cultural heritage that has mesmerised travellers and artists for centuries. In the realm of capturing this beauty, Alan Reed’s beautiful prints of two Italian gems, ‘San Gimignano’ and ‘Siena,’ has emerged as a true reflection of Italy’s allure. Alan’s Artistry: A Glimpse of Italy’s Splendour Alan Reed, an artist with an innate knack for capturing the essence of iconic destinations has brought the charm and character of San Gimignano and Siena to life through his prints. San Gimignano, with its medieval towers piercing the ..read more
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Sycamore Gap Watercolour: A Farewell Tribute to an Iconic Tree
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
4M ago
In the realm of natural landmarks, some trees etch themselves into our collective memory with their beauty and significance. One such tree was the Sycamore Gap, a striking symbol of resilience nestled along Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. Unfortunately, in September 2023, this iconic tree was cut down, but its memory lives on through a beautiful watercolour painting and limited edition prints, which serve as a heartfelt tribute to this beloved tree. The Sycamore Gap: A Symbol of History and Beauty The Sycamore Gap tree, an iconic Sycamore that stood in a dramatic dip in Hadrian’s Wall, captu ..read more
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Calvari Steps Pollenca
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
6M ago
Earlier this year I received a commission to paint a client’s holiday home on the island of Mallorca. We went out for a week to enable me do some sketchbook watercolours, not just of his property but also of the town of Pollenca. You can read about the sketches in this blog post. The client was delighted with the watercolour painting of his holiday home. He was also impressed with the sketchbook watercolours I did of the Calvari Steps. He also commissioned two further watercolour paintings of these famous steps which lead up to Calvary Chapel that has commanding views of the area. These hav ..read more
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Pollenca
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
10M ago
Pollenca – Sunlight I’ve recently been commissioned to paint a client’s holiday home in Mallorca, a very attractive Mediterranean island. To be able to paint the property with greater insight, we felt it would be best to stay for several days to enable me to do some sketchbook watercolours, not just of the property, but also the small town of Pollenca. We’d never been to Mallorca before, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. However as soon as we arrived we were very impressed. The people were very friendly and helpful and the places we visited were very clean and attractive. There was some ..read more
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May Exhibition
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
11M ago
Grey Street, Winter Morning Sunlight On Friday 19th May I’ll be having my first solo exhibition outside of our Gallery in Ponteland since before COVID. The venue is Ponteland Memorial Hall. Ponteland Memorial and Ex-Serviceman’s Hall first opened in 1922 as a memorial for the fallen soldiers of WW1. Today the hall operates as a registered charitable Incorporated Organisation and is funded predominately through its hire as a venue for weddings, parties, markets, sports activities and awards nights. It’s hoped that my first exhibition there could be the first of many annual exhibitions at this v ..read more
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Easter Exhibition
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
11M ago
Grey Street, Winter Morning Sunlight My Easter Exhibition is on Saturday 8th April at our Studio & Gallery in Ponteland. There will be some new local scenes on display including Grey Street and scenes of the Tyne Bridge. We will be open from 9:30am until 5pm. Over the last 12 months I’ve been busy teaching prisoners to draw and paint in one of the regions prisons. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on some interesting painting commissions. However I’ve still had time to produce some new paintings including some from trips to Scotland last summer. North Beach, Iona We’ve published some n ..read more
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Newcastle Bridges, Summer Evening
Alan Reed's Painting Blog
by Alan Reed
11M ago
Newcastle Bridges, Summer Evening In an earlier blog post I wrote about a new painting of the Sandhill, Newcastle which features the Tyne Bridge. I spoke about another painting I’d started of Newcastle Bridges on a Summer Evening. It’s a scene I’ve painted before, however on this occasion it’s a much larger watercolour painting. It’s one of my favourite views of the quayside as it takes in all the famous landmarks. The Millennium Bridge, Sage and Tyne Bridges are all featured. It also provides me with the opportunity to combine losses free brush strokes for the sky and river with more carefull ..read more
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