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Theatre Royal in Winter

New print Theatre Royal in Winter.

In 2008 I released one of my most successful limited edition prints titled “Theatre Royal in the Snow”. The appeal lay partly in the monochromatic colours that were punctuated by the little girl wearing the red coat. She is one of my granddaughters, braving the elements, holding her grandmother’s hand. It wasn’t the first time I’d captured this scene in watercolour. A few months earlier I painted a smaller A4 version as a Christmas card for the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

A few years later I was commissioned to do another Christmas card which you can read about in an earlier blog post. This time it was for a local charity (who were called the Cyrenians) who work with vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless people. They are now called Changing Lives. I re-painted the subject, changed some of the figures and altered the composition slightly.

In 2012 I published “Grey Street, Snow Shower” as a limited edition print which is now sold out.

Grey Street, Snow Shower limited edition print

Grey Street, Snow Shower

The feedback that I get from my customers is that the limited palette with the small dash of red really appeals as well as the subject matter itself, the Theatre Royal in Winter. Even though most of us don’t enjoy being out in cold wintery conditions, we seem to enjoy looking at paintings of winter from the warmth of our living rooms!

Due to popular demand I’ve decided to publish this version as a limited edition giclee print titled Theatre Royal in Winter. There are only 45 prints in the edition, available in several sizes from my Studio and Gallery in Ponteland. The most requested size 495 x 345 mm image size is available online from alanreed.com

The original watercolour of the Theatre Royal in Winter can also be seen at our Gallery and forms part of our first Exhibition for 2019. Please telephone 01661 871 800 to make sure that we are open before setting out to visit. We look forward to seeing you.

 

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Christmas Exhibition

Alan Reed

Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Our Christmas Exhibition starts on the weekend of the 4th and 5th November 2017. The scene above of Grey Street on a bleak winter’s day in Newcastle is this years Christmas Card and is also available as an original watercolour.

The Christmas Exhibition also includes many new original watercolours and oil paintings which I’ve been working on over the last 12 months in between painting commissions. Local scenes are featured together with works inspired by our Painting Holidays in Italy. Tranquil olive groves and picturesque hilltop towns are always a delight to capture on location in my sketchbook. Then it’s a trip down memory lane in the studio as I reflect on the holiday and develop these studies into more finished paintings.

I’ve also managed to squeeze in some new cityscapes of London and and beach scenes on the island of Tiree in Scotland.

There are a number of new limited edition prints also being showcased for the first time so it promises to be a busy weekend.

Our Christmas Exhibition will continue until Saturday 23rd December 2017.

 

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Tree of the Year

Painting of Robin Hood's Tree, Hadrians Wall

Sycamore Gap, Hadrians Wall

Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland was voted Tree of the Year this week by a public vote for the nations best loved tree, organised by The Woodland Trust. 

The winning tree will now receive a grant of £1000 for some “Tree LC” and will compete against trees from all over the Continent for the title of European Tree of the Year, organised by the Environmental Partnership Association.

I recall painting a watercolour of the tree in snow as a Christmas Card for the Marie Curie Cancer fund over 10 years ago. This stretch of Hadrian’s Wall is bleak but spectacular in its barreness and stark beauty. As I’m writing this I’m feeling compelled to go for a walk along the wall and do a spot of sketching!

Sycamore Gap is also known as Robin Hood’s Tree for its appearance in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner.

I’ve since painted the famous tree of the year again in winter sunlight. My viewpoint is taken from the Military Road which shows the tree of the year nestling in the famous gap in the wall. Sunlight is catching the clouds behind and creating an overall feeling of warmth to the painting.

The painting forms part of my Christmas Exhibition at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland which finishes on the 24th December 2016.

 

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Jesmond Dene Painting

Jesmond Dene in Winter

Jesmond Dene in Winter Painting

My 30th Anniversary Christmas Party starts on the weekend of 15th-16th November. It’s one of several events we’re organising over the following year to celebrate my 30 years as a full time artist.

The featured painting on my invitation is Jesmond Dene in Winter. The original watercolour has already been sold, however I’ve decided to publish the painting as a limited edition giclee print with only 30 prints in the edition.

I’ve also reproduced the Jesmond Dene Painting as a Christmas Card which is available online in packs of 5 and at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.

The Jesmond Dene Painting was inspired by an afternoons sledging with my grandchildren one winter in Jesmond Dene. I managed a small sketchbook watercolour before the light faded and took a number of photographs which I used to compose the painting. Already, I’ve had a number of customers contacting me saying that the painting reminds them of times they have spent sledging with their own children.

The exhibition which runs until 24th December includes a number of new paintings including scenes of Newcastle, Northumberland, Scotland, Italy and the Middle East.

As a special thank you to the customers who have supported Alan Reed Art over the last 30 years, there will a Christmas present for the party guests attending the weekend preview. There will also be a Christmas Bran Tub along with festive refreshments!

If you are unable to attend the Christmas Exhibition Party but would like to be informed of future events please subscribe to our newsletter which we usually send out once a month.

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Christmas Cards

Since my first Christmas Card back in 1992 for the Charity Marie Curie I have regularly painted a scene of the North East to raise money for a local charity. My new Christmas Card for 2011 “Grey Street in the Snow” which is on the cover of my Christmas Exhibition Invitation, is already proving popular. Indeed one of my customers contacted me today having just received his invitation to my Christmas Exhibition and bought the original watercolour.

My Christmas Exhibition preview starts on Friday 18th November and continues on the Saturday and Sunday at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.  We are usually open Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-5:00pm however it is best to telephone  01661 871 800 to confirm we are open in case I am working away on location.

The new Christmas card and the others on view in this post are now available online at alanreed.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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