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April 2022 – Angel of the North with Gold Leaf

Well bugger me. Just hung the new addition to the family Alan. Received lunchtime.
We love the way the light catches the wings then dies down as you move around.

Absolutely bloody marvelous Alan.

My personal many thanks for a job more than Well done,  totally exceeding our expectations.
I do have a hunch we will be talking again in the future.
Many thanks again,  enjoy your weekend ahead.  Go well.

Kindest regards

Painting of Angel
February 2022 – Beadnell Harbour
paintings of Beadnell

Dear Alan,

We are delighted with the limited edition print of Beadnell Harbour, Northumberland.

Beadnell Bay is part our favourite walk from Seahouses to Low Newton-by-the-Sea, especially when the Artic Terns are busy collecting Sandeels, and are being so very noisy.

It is a beautiful area, captured perfectly in your artwork.  The artwork has also been tastefully mounted and framed.

Thank you for taking such care with the packaging – it arrived in perfect condition and we couldn’t be happier.

With best wishes,

Gerardine and Alan

18th December 2020 – Lindisfarne Priory

Dear Alan and Susan

I have just received the original of Lindisfarne Priory and was quite overcome. Although a small work the quality of the frame and mount is outstanding and brings out the best features of the picture. it feels very special and something I will treasure for years to come This is the first time I have bought a painting from  you Alan at Alan Reed Art and must confess I was slightly apprehensive as to what the finished piece would be like but this has exceeded all my expectations and now would not hesitate to buy from you again.In fact buying from you Alan at Alan Reed Art was a straight forward, fuss free process with you Alan being very helpful when deciding the type of frame to go for.
Best wishes to you both Felicity.

"We have three of Alan's paintings of Edinburgh and I commissioned him to paint a view our home in the Tyne Valley. The Edinburgh paintings have pride of place in our hall and the commissioned picture sits above our dining room fireplace. I have also bought a copy of Alan's "Sketch Book of Oman" - a high quality product which makes an excellent gift. All of Alan's work is first class and of excellent value"

- Dr Alan R - Stocksfield

"Alan painted a bespoke landscape of the beach and castle at Bamburgh as a keepsake for our family. We were especially impressed by the attention he gave to our wishes, including at our request, miniature representations of all of us, and we love the finished product It is a treasured possession"

- Lynne Oxley - Morpeth
Private Commission

"Alan is a delightful person and a truly talented artist, I currently have two of Alan's paintings and I have also commissioned Alan to paint a winter scene of the front of my business `City Retreat in the Snow` which we have used as the picture on our company christmas card, I think it`s amazing. His gallery in Ponteland has beautiful array of his own and other artists painting on display this coupled with the warm welcome and the hospitality received form both himself and his lovely wife Susan make a visit very worthwhile. Also the `Own Art` Scheme which allows you to purchase your piece over a period of time `interest free` is a great help. Keep up the good work Alan"

- Lesley Caster, City Retreat - Newcastle

Portrait of Arthur

We came home last night from Portugal, where we had been celebrating my birthday on Tuesday with the children and grandchildren. Now, I am the ever so proud and thrilled owner of the most marvellous portrait of me. I have felt both ecstatic and overwhelmed. Diana had erected it suitably on her easel.

When she called me up to see my present from her, and I saw my portrait, (actually I was wearing the same jumper), I just started shaking with excitement. Unusually for me, I was struck dumb, and did not know what to say.

Now a little recovered, I can tell you directly how thrilled I am. It seems a bit self centered to say so, but I think it captures the very essence of me. Just perfect. Thank you so much for taking so much effort to capture the very being of me. I am thrilled.

Please give my very best wishes to Sue, too. We both enjoyed both our original Easter visit to your home, and our wonderful week with you in the summer, and hence we are both equally looking forward to next year.

You cannot imagine how happy you have made my celebration week, for my larger birthday number than I really like to think about.

With all very best wishes


Arch of Titus, Rome

Dear Alan, I fear singing your praises as you may decide to raise your price for future work. But worthy praise should be given heartily and your work is spectacular – worthy of the Emperor himself!  Thank you. I look forward to the forum and other works.

Enjoy the weekend. Sylvano

Painting Holiday in Umbria, Italy

Thanks to Alan & Susan Reed for an amazing week’s painting holiday in Italy. “Food, scenery, everything exceeded expectations! 5* would not do the week justice!!Made some lovely new friends! Thoroughly recommend it when they do their next one – but be warned – Alan can be a hard task master (in our own interest!!)”.  Mr A. Rapley

“My wife and I decided to go on a painting and sketching holiday last year organized by Alan Reed. The location was in the Italian region of Umbria. Our expectations were high but were far exceded by the actual experience. A combination of beautiful scenery, superb accommodation and professional guidance made it an unforgettable event. Thank you Alan”.

Léon and Linda.

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A Huge Thank You

September 2019
Dear Alan & Susan
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for hosting such a wonderful trip to Umbria and, in particular, to Chiesa del Carmine. Bobbie and I enjoyed every aspect of the holiday and it was exactly the introduction to that part of Italy that we needed. Chiesa del Carmine was even more delightful than we had imagined and the staff were amazing. They couldn’t do enough for us!!
We really enjoyed the trips out and I managed to cope with the dilemma of ‘to sketch/paint or not to sketch/paint’. In the end, having a great interest in seeing the sights and exploring the wildlife, I struck a balance. I restricted my re-aquaintance with sketching and painting to the first three days of the holiday and that certainly whetted my appetite so I’m sure I will picking up from where I left off soon (I learnt some significant lessons from Alan).
The travel arrangements for pick-ups and the 3 trips all went smoothly and the catering was exceptional. The wine-tasting and pizza making experiences were extremely enjoyable, not to be missed!!
….and what an amazing group of people you managed to assemble and keep in order!!! I thought there was great chemistry in the group, with much humour and bonhomie. This in itself was a fantastic part of the holiday, given the range of backgrounds, ages and interests.
Thanks especially to you both for the way you looked after things, ensuring there were no issues and that we were all comfortable. You were wonderful hosts.
I would specifically like to thank you for arranging my birthday cake – that was a great surprise and Assisi was definitely one of the best places I have ever spent my birthday.
Very best regards
Dave & Bobbie

A Wonderful Week

September 2019
Hi Susan and Alan,
Yve and I had a great time at Chiesa Del Carmine with you!!
You have found a truly exquisite spot to host your painting holidays. If a potential painter isn’t inspired by the beauty of the surroundings, they have no chance of becoming an artist. Having said that I was inspired, but ……
You assembled an interesting group of people – all very different, and the fact that we got on so well is testimony to your warmth, hospitality and perhaps the excellent food and wine which was always plentiful, tasty and flowing!!
You organised a brilliant schedule of visits. I enjoyed them all, and I am sure I will remember the places much better than previously as you honed our observational skills.
Susan – nothing was too much trouble for you. You paid attention to every detail, and if anything was lacking, it was quickly rectified.
Alan – as everyone will acknowledge, you are a terrific artist, but you are also an outstanding teacher, as was evidenced in the ‘show and tell’.  We had all made significant progress. Personally, I shall dream in lemon yellow for ever more, and my nightmares will feature taps and scrubbing bushes.
Lots of love and thanks to you both.

Painting Holiday at Chiesa del Carmine

September 2019

Dear Alan & Susan,

I would just like to express my delight at being able to join you and all the other fellow artists at Carmine as this was truly a wonderful experience for me. I was in awe of the many beautiful paintings from these artists believe me  as I felt quite rusty by comparison, but I will try to improve.

The lovely trips we had to Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi were truly inspiring and I will remember them always. The food each day was absolutely delightful and one looked forward to the evening dinners especially, not forgetting the wine of course. Thank you Susan for looking after us all so well and to you Alan for your kindness and patience with all our art tuitional needs.

Wonderful group of people and it was so enjoyable to meet them all. Many thanks, Shirley.


Piazza San Marco Venice

June 2020

Dear Alan,

I just wanted to let you know that I received my order today – the limited edition print of Piazza San Marco, Venice.
I am so delighted with it. It is absolutely stunning, and the quality is simply beautiful.
Thank you for taking such care with the packaging – it arrived in perfect condition and I couldn’t be happier.
With best wishes,

Central Arcade, Newcastle

Central Arcade Print Newcastle

Many thanks for the  ‘Theatre Royal at night’ print. I am a great fan of your work and first came across it a few years ago when in Newcastle. I bought a print of  Central Arcade, as I always loved the Arcade when I was growing up. I was brought up in Darras Hall and moved to London when I was 18. The Central Arcade picture I ordered from you last month is a wedding present for one of my best friends, who grew up in Medburn. Although most of us from school are now down here, we visit the North East when possible. The whole package of the Newcastle, Northumberland, the people, football on match days can’t be found anywhere else in the world. I hope to visit your gallery when up there later in the year.  Many thanks, Joanna, London

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