My first Christmas Card was back in 1992 for the Charity Marie Curie
Since then 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” is on the cover of my Christmas Exhibition Invitation. It 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. It 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 820 626 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
Dear Santa is a more recent Christmas Card. It captures the moment when my youngest granddaughter Anya posts her letter to Santa. The original painting was purchased in 2020 by a young lady who is also called Anya!
I’ve used a slightly warmer palette in this watercolour. A base wash of Cadmium Lemon and Rose Madder was placed down first. It suggests a winter sun struggling to break through the clouds that are laden with snow.