Diamond Jubilee shows Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach Painting

Holkham Beach, Incoming Tide

On the eve of the Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, I watched a couple of lovely documentaries about Queen Elizabeth. The first on BBC 1 featured some home cine film of Royal Family life starting from when the Queen was first married. It was wonderfully narrated by Prince Charles who recalled with affection, his own childhood memories as he played through the old reels of footage.

One particular sequence showed himself, Princess Anne and their father Prince Philip jumping off the sand dunes at Holkham Beach in Norfolk, not for from Sandringham where they spent family holidays together. The scene triggered off my own memories of recent holidays with our daughter Louise and her children and our times together on this vast, deserted beach. On one occasion I took a short break from playing with the grandchildren to paint the watercolour above of the incoming tide.

The second Diamond Jubilee documentary was equally engaging with some great interviews with members of the Royal Family. It also showed some letters between the Queen and her mother not long after she married the Duke of Edinburgh, some of which were read out loud by Alan Titchmarsh. For some reason he missed out “I do pray….”  from one of the letters, which I thought was such a pity as it showed a personal display of the Queen Mother’s faith. At least we were able to read the hand written words for ourselves.

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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