Newcastle Quayside

Newcastle Quayside

  Newcastle Quayside on Gold Leaf Earlier this year I received a number of painting commissions from a new client. To begin with, they purchased an original oil painting of Arabian Dhows painted on gold leaf. They really liked one of my watercolours available as a limited edition print title “Tyne Bridges, Summer Sunset”. The … Read more

Christmas Exhibition

Theatre Royal, Winter Christmas Exhibition

Christmas Exhibition to Celebrate 35 Years This October marks my 35th Anniversary of being a professional artist. To celebrate this landmark, we will be having our Christmas Exhibition Preview Weekend at our Studio and Gallery in Ponteland on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of November. Our Christmas Exhibition reflects the journey Susan and I have … Read more

Prison Week

Prison Week

  St Nicholas Cathedral Exhibition   Prison Week As part of Prison Week, there is an exhibition of prisoners work on display at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle. Since August I’ve been teaching some of the prisoners from a north east prison how to draw portraits. Most of them have had little or no experience … Read more

Learn to Paint

Alan Reed Learn to Paint

Learn to Paint If you would like to Learn to Paint then why not come on one of our Painting Holidays in Umbria, Italy. We stay at Chiesa del Carmine located in Umbria described as the Green Heart of Italy. Our week in June this year was fully booked once again, however we do have … Read more

Art in Prisons

Alan Reed Art in Prisons

Junction 42 As you many of you will know I have been working as an artist since 1984. However, since March 2018, I have been working as a Job Coach, on a part time basis with the charity Junction 42 in Newcastle. Junction 42 delivers faith and creative programmes in male and female prisons and … Read more

Photographs of Venice

Photographs of Venice

The Importance of Photography Even though my main artistic discipline has always been painting, photography has been an essential part of my creative process. For me, drawing and painting on location is a must. The time that it takes to absorb and capture a scene through observational drawing is always time well spent. However, you … Read more

Sketchbooks

Our first visit to Umbria was March 2002. It was a much appreciated break away from running an art gallery in Newcastle’s city centre and an opportunity to spend time reflecting on what had been anxious year in 2001 when Susan and I had major surgery together. I had donated one of my kidneys to … Read more

20th Anniversary

  April marks the 20th Anniversary of alanreed.com It’s hard for me to believe that my domain name dates back to the 20th Century! I knew very  little about the world wide web in those days but it only took a few weeks for me to realise the value of having a website to promote my … Read more

SAM Mortgages

For many years Susan and I have trusted in the advice given to us by professional financial advisors. Unfortunately we have been persuaded to take out certain policies which were not in our best interests. The same can also be said of my mother in law, Margaret Thompson who was advised to take out one … Read more

Hand Made Card

  Today is our 26th Wedding Anniversary. Once again my main gift to Susan has been a Hand Made Card painted in watercolour. She now has quite a sizeable collection of cards that every so often we will browse through and reflect on. The card itself will often be of a place that we have … Read more