New York, Dusk

New York, Dusk

New York, Dusk

I love New York. It’s a slogan that is often seen on baseball caps and tee shirts but one visit is all it takes to fall in love with this incredible city. We spent a memorable three days in New York exactly four years ago and I had great fun painting various sights in watercolour in my small leather-bound sketchbook. Probably the best view of the city is from the “Top of the Rock”, the viewing platform at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in mid town Manhattan. From there you get stunning views of Central Park in one direction and the Empire State Building in the other.

I was so impressed with the views that I made two visits, one around lunchtime when I did a sketchbook study. The other was early evening where we were able to enjoy the fading hours of daylight and see the artificial man made lights flicker on across the cityscape bringing a completely different feel to the vista before us. I did a small A5 watercolour in the studio based on the reference I obtained, keeping the brush marks and the palette quite simple so as not to get bogged down with too much detail. From this painting I published an A4 limited edition print which you can see at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland, along with the original watercolour.

Tags: , , , , , ,

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