Watercolours of Venice

Watercolours of Venice
Watercolours of Venice by Alan Reed


During this period of social isolation, I am supporting the Artist Support Pledge.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support and gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. 

In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress Martin Burrows has instigated the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE #artistsupportpledge

The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work, on Instagram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). 

Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artists work.

Watercolours of Venice
Steps of Santa Maria della Salute


These two Watercolours of Venice were painted on location during one of my painting trips to Venice. They have never been exhibited before.

Steps of Santa Maria della Salute was actually a very complex subject that I really had to work hard at trying to simplify. I was looking into the afternoon sunlight. That helped to break the composition down into more easily manageable shapes to navigate. Despite the weighty strength of the subject, there is a sense of looseness to the brush strokes.

1. Steps of Santa Maria della Salute

2. Gondola Ride

They are 12” x 9” (unframed) and they are both painted in watercolour

They are £200, If interested please send me a direct message. 

Once I sell 5 of my paintings, I pledge to buy another artists work for £200.

This generous strategy was initiated by Matthew Burrows @matthewburrowsstudio and it has been successful in helping artists worldwide.

Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride is one of those Watercolours of Venice that could so easily have gone wrong. I positioned myself in quite a dark shadow area on a bridge. I made the bold move to try and capture the end of a gondola ride. Much of the foreground was in shadow apart from the buildings reflected in the water. Lots of activity was going on in the middle distance which I simplified with just a few blobs of colour.

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