Cox & Kings Painting Competition

Watercolour Painting of Marrakech

Djemaa El Fna Square, Marrakech

You may recall a blog post several weeks ago where I had been chosen as one of six artists to enter a painting competition organised by Cox & Kings to win one of Cox and Kings’ Morocco Tours.

The competition has been organised by Cox & Kings, the oldest travel company in the world, established in 1758.

This is the finished painting I have produced from the photograph of Djemma El Fna Square in Marrakech.

I deliberately decided to change the format from landscape to portrait to prevent the viewers eyes from drifting off the edge of the composition and also to make sure I didn’t end up with a slavish copy of the photograph.

When I paint on location, I usually work on deckled edged hand made watercolour paper in leather-bound sketchbooks so I chose a similar looking paper to achieve a travel journal feel to the painting.

Painting artificial light in watercolour is never easy, but by laying a wash of yellow over the paper it has helped to create a brighter, higher key to the scene, giving the effect of light under the stalls being thrown around the market.

The winning artist will receive a two night stay at the Hotel Palais Aziza & Spa.

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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