Dog Portraits

Dog Portraits

Dog Portraits I was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of a clients pet dog. It was a surprise 50th birthday present. They supplied me with several photographs for me to work from. All I had to do was make the most suitable selection. Needless to say, the recipient was delighted with the painting of … Read more

The Gold House Venice

Gold Leaf

The Gold House Venice Venice is one of my favourite Italian cities because it’s full of interesting scenes, buildings and people to paint. Every time I visit Venice, I come away with a sketchbook containing pages of inspiration to develop into studio paintings. So, over the last few years I’ve been exploring ways of bringing … Read more

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 in Winter

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 in Italy

Alan Reed Learn to Paint

Sketchbook from Italy If you would like to Learn to Paint then why not come on one of our Painting Holidays in Umbria, Italy. You will receive one to one tuition also in a group. Accommodation Our luxury accommodation is at Chiesa del Carmine located in Umbria described as the Green Heart of Italy. This … 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