The Shambles, York

Figures can play an important part of a street scene, helping to bring life and movement to the painting. The original watercolour of The Shambles, York from which this limited edition print of the Shambles in York was taken was actually one of the finalists in the Sunday Times Watercolour competition back 1994 and sold … Read more

#SBS Winner Alan Reed Art

Theo Paphitis, one of the “dragons” in the BBC television series Dragons Den, has developed an innovative way of giving publicity to small business in the UK. Businesses are required to tweet a description of what they do to @TheoPaphitis on Twitter between 5pm-7:30pm on a Sunday with the all important hash-tag #SBS (Small Business Sunday). Theo … Read more

Diamond Jubilee shows Holkham Beach

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, … Read more

Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

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 … Read more

Chelsea, Centenary Champions

After watching on television Papiss Cisse’s two wonder goals last night against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, I was reminded of my one and only visit to Chelsea’s ground. In 2006 two of my clients who are Chelsea fans, commissioned me to do a watercolour painting of Stamford Bridge where they are season ticket holders. They … Read more

Manchester in the Snow

In 2009 I was exhibiting at Manchester’s Buy Art Fair. I decided to do an original watercolour of one of Manchester’s famous architectural landmarks, the Printworks that overlooked the venue of the Art Fair that year, the Urbis building. A number of weeks before the fair I spent a weekend in Manchester when it rained for much of … Read more

Thames Sunrise

On Saturday evening I watched an interesting documentary on BBC 2 about the impressionists. I enjoyed it because it was refreshingly light and informative, not just about the artists themselves but about their working methods, techniques and influences. Towards the end of the programme, the presenter, Waldemar Januszczak went to London where Monet and Pissarro … Read more

London Eye

London is full of incredible architecture from so many different periods in history. The London Eye has taken it’s rightful place as an iconic symbol of the Thames amongst other famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. It was opened in March 2000 to bring closure to the 20th Century and … Read more

Durham School v Rugby School

My latest limited edition print is this scene of Durham School v Rugby School playing in the final of a mini rugby tournament. The inaugural Veterrimi IV Rugby Tournament, hosted by Durham School, took place on Saturday 23 October and despite the unrelenting rain, rugby fans turned out in their hundreds to be part of this … Read more

Painting on Location

One of the most satisfying and rewarding disciplines I do as a painter is getting up early to capture the early morning light in watercolour. Over the last couple of years I’ve been fortunate to spend a week in Norfolk over the summer with my family, following in the footsteps of some of my watercolour … Read more