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Christmas Exhibition 2013

Painting of Dunstanburgh Castle-Spring

Dunstanburgh Castle, Spring

Painting of Windmills, Amsterdam

Windmills, Amsterdam

Royal Opera House, Oman at night

Royal Opera House, Oman

Painting of Qantab fishermen, Oman

Qantab fishermen, Oman

Pantheon Rome

The Pantheon, Rome

Painting of Florence from San Miniato

Florence from San Miniato

My Christmas Exhibition Preview weekend started 29th November. The exhibition continues until 24th December and is a collection of recent original watercolour paintings.

Subjects include the Northumbrian coastline depicting famous landmarks like Dunstanburgh Castle.

Paintings inspired by a trip to Amsterdam can also be seen, in particular this new limited edition print of Windmills seen in early morning light.

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a couple of commissions for a client in Oman, so I also have on view an original watercolour of The Royal Opera House in Oman at night and a small study of fishermen in Qantab, Oman.

I’ve been unable to travel to Italy this year, however the last 2 places for our painting holiday scheduled for May 2014 were booked up over the weekend.

A number of paintings of Italy can be seen including The Pantheon, Rome and Florence from San Miniato.

The exhibition also features gifts for Christmas including Christmas Cards, Magnetic Bookmarks and hand made glass, along with my Sketchbook of Oman, all of which are being purchased. Please feel free to call in over the weekend for a glass of wine or coffee and a mince pie.

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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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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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OWN IT Celebrating 15 years

OWN IT-Invite

OWN IT Celebrating 15 Years

North East Charity OWN IT are celebrating their 15th birthday on Friday 30th November at the CastleGate on Melbourne Street. Alan Reed Art will be joining in with the Charity auction by donating a framed limited edition print to help this North East based charity.

Established in 1997 with the work of Richard Davies MBE at Walbottle Campus OWN IT is a unique work experience programme for 14 – 16 year olds who are recommended to us by senior members of school staff.

We ask each student “If you could leave school on Friday and start work on Monday, what is it more than anything else in the world that you want to do?”

By focusing on the first choice of each student we aim to make their dreams come true and want to take them seriously.

Paralympic Gold Medalist Stephen Miller will be the guest speaker for what promises to be an entertaining evening. If you would like to join me for the evening please call me on 01661 871 800 or 0771 874 1546. Alternatively to can RSVP to 15yearsevent@ownit-limited.org

Further details about the event can be seen on the invitation.

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Magnetic Bookmarks

Bookmarks Photo

Magnetic Bookmarks, Scenes of Newcastle

Magnetic Bookmarks are not wildly available even though they are very practical. How many of us use bookmarks made from bus tickets, business cards or scraps of paper which easily fall out. Magnetic Bookmarks are much more practical as they clip onto the page you are up to without there being any danger of slipping out.

I’ve decided to do my own range of Magnetic Bookmarks which are now available in selected outlets in Newcastle upon Tyne and online at www.alanreed.com A range of seven classic scenes of Newcastle taken from my original watercolours.

More countries and places are being added to the range including Italy and Oman.

Each magnetic bookmark is museum quality, printed in full colour on the front and reverse and comes individually wrapped. The folded size is 105 mm x 45 mm.

The images are, from left to right,  Tyne Bridge, Early Morning,  Theatre Royal,  High Level Bridge,  High Bridge Street,  Central Arcade,  Emerson Chambers and The Lit and Phil Library. Each painting is also available as a limited edition print.

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Lit & Phil Exhibition

Lit & Phil Exhibition Alan Reed

Lit & Phil Exhibition

The Private View for the Lit & Phil Exhibition starts 5th July. The exhibition will be open to the public until 21st July during the library’s usual opening hours Monday-Saturday starting at 9:30am. Closing times do vary so best to check their website www.litandphil.org.uk

If you have not been to the Literary & Philosophical Society before then it really is worth taking a look at one of the finest libraries in the country. It’s less than 5 minutes walk from Newcastle’s Central Station and Metro and there is plenty of parking nearby too.

I’m exhibiting a number of watercolours and oils including my new painting of the Lit & Phil which has been published as a limited edition print and some new original paintings of Italy. You can see some of the paintings online.

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Painting of Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle Painting

Painting of Dunstanburgh Castle

I don’t need much of an excuse to paint Dunstanburgh Castle. Northumberland’s Castles are well photographed and painted by amateurs and professionals alike. I’ve often been commissioned to do paintings of castles and I have to say, it’s always a delight. One such project came in 2003 when I was commissioned to do around a dozen large watercolours of the regions castles for a major North East Company for their boardrooms. Dunstanburgh Castle was one of the chosen paintings and I decided to paint it on a summer evening just as the sun was beginning to dip below the horizon.

I recently went back to the reference I gathered on that evening to do a watercolour demonstration for a painting class. They asked me to show them how to tackle a seascape in watercolour. The painting above is the result. I’ve painted a similar version of the scene which is available as a limited edition print.

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Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

Buckingham Palace from Green Park, Painting

Buckingham Palace from Green Park

This Bank Holiday Weekend marks the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I thought it appropriate to feature this watercolour of Buckingham Palace from Green Park which I have reproduced as a limited edition print. It depicts the Palace seen in low autumnal light which is filtering through the golden leaves, many of which have fallen to the ground. It was quite a tricky painting to do as I wanted the warmth and translucency of the yellow pigment to glow and contrast against the cool blue of the sky and understated Palace in shadow. This has been achieved by carefully masking off the leaves before doing any painting. An exercise worth doing to create the desired effect.

I suppose the painting is more about the beauty of creation than the monarch, but there are still sufficient elements in the composition to celebrate the year of Jubilee. May we all have an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Rialto Bridge Venice

Rialto Bridge Print

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Paintings of Venice are always popular with folk who have been fortunate enough to visit the city of romance. I recall one of my painting trips in March 2000 when the weather was quite mixed. I arose early one morning to do some painting to be faced with a heavy fog. We were staying close to the Rialto Bridge, so I made myself as comfortable as possible on one of the vaporetto stops just below the bridge and began to paint the scene before me. I could just make out the distinctive shape of the famous bridge through the fog as I worked “wet on wet” on rough watercolour paper.

My efforts were punctuated every few minutes by a vaporetto crashing into the boarding platform where I was situated which made my work even more challenging! Gradually the fog began to lift and I was able to gather sufficient information to produce the studio watercolour of Rialto Bridge which has been reproduced as a limited edition print.

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

The Northumbrian town of Alnwick boasts a magnificent castle as well as stunning gardens. I’ve had the privilege of painting both. In 2003 I was commissioned to paint over a dozen Northumbrian Castles in watercolour for a leading North East company to grace the walls of their boardrooms and Alnwick Castle was one of them.

I had already decided that I would spread the paintings out over the course of a whole year so that I was capturing all of the seasons. After working out when the sun was most likely to be catching the ancient architecture, I felt that the last light of a summer evening was going to best for this particular scene.

It was painted on an expensive hand made watercolour paper, heavily textured, which was ideal for rendering both the stone and the foreground grasses. It also allowed me to make quite large, free brush strokes to indicate the low lying clouds reflected in the slow moving River Aln. The painting that was commissioned worked well for the client and I was so pleased with the result that I decided to do a slightly different interpratation of the same view which I later reproduced as a limited edition print. The original watercolour can be seen at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.

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