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Morgan Sports Car

Gouache Poster

Morgan Car Poster

My father and I have always been fans of classic cars. When I was in my teens my father ordered a new 4/4 4 seater Morgan sports car which became our family car until my brother and sister and I grew too big to fit in the snug back seat!

Whilst waiting for delivery for this wonderful hand built car, (which took several years) my dad created this gouache design of a Morgan Sports car painted in an art deco poster style.

He has recently reproduced it as a signed lithographic print which is available from my website www.alanreed.com

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Bikes in Amsterdam

Painting of sunset in Amsterdam

Bicycles in Amsterdam

A new client recently ordered over 20 limited edition prints to furnish a corridor in their business. Part of the order included two paintings of Amsterdam so earlier this year we took the ferry across the North Sea so I could get some reference.

Over the two days I managed to paint a number of studies in my Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook of the distinctive architecture and the famous windmills that one can see in and around Amsterdam.

Windmills at Dawn has been reproduced as a limited edition print along with this new watercolour of bikes chained up on a bridge, silhouetted against the backdrop of a spring sunset in Amsterdam.

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The Kiss

The Kiss by Rodin

Charcoal Sketch of Rodin’s The Kiss

 

I’d heard the Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Kiss is currently on display in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been painting its stunning architecture and famous streets for over 20 years, producing over a dozen limited edition prints of Auld Reekie. Last week I was dropping off some paintings at a gallery nearby so I couldn’t resist popping in to the National Gallery to see some truly engaging art. There’s too much to see in less than two hours so I restricted myself to making three charcoal sketches in my moleskine sketchbook.

After a brief date with the lovely Lady Agnew by John Singer Sargent and a quick hello to one of Rembrant’s later self portraits (both recorded in my sketchbook) I decided to make another charcoal drawing of Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Kiss”. I had already made several studies earlier on this year which I used to produce a larger watercolour available as a limited edition print.

If you haven’t been to the National Gallery recently then it’s well worth a visit and if your’e an artist, make sure you take your sketchbook!

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Windmills in Holland

Windmills in Holland

Windmills, Early Morning Light

Since painting windmills on location in Norfolk, I’ve enjoyed tacking this unusual subject matter. Earlier this year I travelled to Holland to work on some painting commissions for a client. The client wanted some scenes that were typically Dutch. My research took me to this particular scene where I did two small watercolours on Arches watercolour blocks.

I also made some charcoal studies in my moleskine sketchbook which are great for carrying about to make quick studies and for taking notes.

Using the on the spot studies, my own reference photographs and my experience in painting skies, I’ve produced this original watercolour which is now available as a limited edition print titled “Windmills, Early Morning Light”.

 

 

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St George’s Day

Watercolour of Old Eldon Square

Peace, Old Eldon Square, Newcastle

23rd April is St George’s Day. One of my more unusual paintings of Newcastle is this one of the War Memorial in Old Eldon Square which depicts St George slaying the dragon. The painting is set against the backdrop of a winter sky, indicating the bleakness of war. The inscription of “Peace” is a sign of the hope of peace which we ought to seek amongst our fellow human beings.

There have been numerous times when folk have looked at the painting and thought it was somewhere like Prague, not realising that it was their home town.

The background buildings are the rooftops of Emerson Chambers, one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the UK. One can also see Grey’s Monument, a further clue that the scene is Newcastle upon Tyne.

The painting is available in three sizes and can be seen and purchased from alanreed.com

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Auguste Rodin’s – The Kiss

Auguste Rodin's "The Kiss"

Rodin’s “The Kiss”

In my previous post I described how I went to the National Gallery in Edinburgh to see Auguste Rodin’s famous marble sculpture “The Kiss” in March. I made a couple of sketchbook studies in charcoal then an A6 watercolour. After analysing my studies, I decided to do a 14″ x 10″ watercolour of The Kiss in the studio which came out really well.

I’ve since produced a larger 29″ x 20″ original watercolour of The Kiss which has been reproduced as a limited edition giclee print available in three sizes.

The painting forms part of my Spring Exhibition at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland which is on until Sunday 28th April. The first copy has already been sold. Whilst I was doing this painting, I was photographed by a street photographer called Victor Adams. Check out his blog here.

 

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Show me the Monet

Grey Street, Saturday Morning, Painting

Grey Street, Saturday Morning

The BBC are re-showing the series Show me the Monet. It’s a programme where I was given the opportunity to show my original watercolour “Grey Street, Saturday Morning” (now available as a limited edition print) before a panel of three judges to see if would be selected for exhibiting at the Royal Acadamy in London later that year in 2011.

The painting was rejected however I did sell it a few months later for the price I said on the programme. You can catch the Show me the Monet episode on BBC iPlayer for the next 2 days.

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Durham School v Ampleforth College

Durham v Ampleforth

Durham School v Ampleforth College

On 20th October 2012 Durham School 1st XV played Ampleforth College in one of the biggest rugby fixtures the school plays. I was there to record the game in this new limited edition print, in respect of Noel Shearing who the game is played in memory of. There are only 34 prints available as this was the age Noel Shearing died and I will be donating a framed print to Noel’s charity for auction.

Many of the boys are clearly identifiable in the painting and I am sure this will be the only time any of the Durham School players could hope to have a painting of themselves playing in such a historic side with such a breathtaking backdrop as Durham School and Durham Cathedral. Already several of the boys are ordering their copies of the print, signed and numbered with the same number shirt they usually wear for the team.

The print and the original watercolour painting can be seen at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.

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The Girl in the Red Coat

Granddaughter Emily

The Girl in the Red Coat, Venice

Although we did see some rain when we were in Venice in September 2012, it was nothing compared to the extraordinary flooding St Mark’s Square has seen in recent months. I was able to get the perfect reference for this new limited edition print titled “The Girl in the Red Coat, Venice”. It features my eldest granddaughter Emily dashing through the elements holding her grandmother’s hand.

The new print can be seen at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland and is available in three sizes.

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Paintings – Dhows Oman

Dhows, Sur, Oman

Dhows, Sur

It’s almost 5 years since I first visited Sur in Oman. It had been badly hit by Cyclone Gonu a few months previously and there was still much evidence of the damage caused. Sur has been associated with ship building for centuries and today there is a Dhow Maritime Museum dedicated to Oman’s history of sea trade.

I had been asked to do some paintings of Omani doors as well as dhows so I spent a few hours wandering around getting reference and making sketchbook studies of these Arabian vessels. I’ve published a number of my paintings of Dhows as limited edition prints since then which have proved to be popular. Some of the sketchbook studies have also been published in my signed limited edition Sketchbook of Oman.

The watercolour above is one of several new paintings to be exhibited at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland as part of my Christmas Exhibition starting 9th November.

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