Anniversary The first of October is a landmark date for me. It was this day in 1984 that I went self employed as an artist. I began undertaking all kinds of Painting Commissions. Over the last 36 years I’ve been through all kinds of challenges, particularly during the recession which began in 2008 with the … Read more
This year, my 30th Anniversary since going self employed as a full time artist, I am holding a number of special exhibitions at various venues. The current exhibition opened on Friday night at the Bob Abley Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall. The exhibition runs 7th – 28th February and features 30 paintings that represent many of … Read more
On Tuesday evening I attended the Preview evening for Artists & Illustrators Magazine‘s “artist of the year 2014” exhibition. I was delighted to be chosen as one of 50 shortlisted artists out of over 3000 entries with my entry “Last Light, Ruwi”, particularly as it came in my 30th anniversary year. You can read … Read more
Drawing Portraits in Charcoal can be a very rewarding experience, especially when you are working from life. When I have a portrait commission, especially if it’s a child, I find it helpful to do a quick study in one of my moleskine sketchbooks. Usually children these days don’t like to sit still for even just … Read more
Thank you to all our customers who came along and supported us at our Christmas Party weekend in November. We hope you enjoyed your complimentary goody bag to go with the paintings and Christmas Cards you purchased. Our 30th Anniversary Christmas Exhibition is currently on view at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland until 24th … Read more
The Jesmond Dene Painting was inspired by an afternoons sledging with my grandchildren one winter in Jesmond Dene.
On the first of October 1984 a young budding artist called Alan Reed took the plunge to go self employed as a full time artist through the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, an initiative set up by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government which gave a guaranteed income of £40 a week to unemployed people who set up their … Read more