Newcastle Quayside and Sage Watercolour

Newcastle Quayside and Sage

Newcastle Paintings The Christmas break gave me the opportunity to do a new painting to add to the Newcastle collection of prints. My painting titled “Tyne Bridges, Summer Sunset” sold out last year. I wanted a new image to replace it that captured Newcastle’s quayside, the Millennium Bridge and the Sage. This particular view taken … Read more

Exhibition

Exhibition

Original Watercolour Paintings My Christmas Exhibition opened up on Saturday 11th December. The exhibition features new original paintings and limited edition prints that I’ve painted in-between painting commissions. Despite COVID restrictions, I’ve never been so busy, juggling my painting business with the Outreach work I do for North East Charity Junction 42.  Online sales have … Read more

60th Birthday

Singer Sargent

Grey Street Painting This week saw me reach another landmark birthday, I’m now 60 years old. I have to say that I’m grateful to God that I’ve been blessed with 60 years to date. However, compared to my 60th, my 50th birthday was more of a year of contemplation and challenge. In 2011 when I … Read more

Lockdown and Junction42

Lockdown

Junction 42 What did you do during Lockdown? It’s a question we’re all likely to get asked in the years to come. I spent almost three months of lockdown working from home, working on paintings, processing internet orders and my Junction 42 work . The Junction 42 work consisted of regular phone calls to my … Read more

St Paul’s Cathedral

St-Paul's-Cathedral

Paintings of London London is a great city, full of subjects to paint. I have painted St Paul’s Cathedral before, but it’s been as part of a cityscape of the Thames. Although I’m unable to travel to London at the moment because of COVID 19, I’m keen to return to paint and visit its galleries. … Read more

Self Isolation

Saddler Street, Durham Self Isolation

Self Isolation As I write this blog post, Susan and I have just completed three weeks of Self Isolation because of the dangers of COVID 19. It’s a strange time for us both, being in the house for most of the day and not being able to see family and friends the way we’ve been … Read more

Handmade Cards of Venice

Handmade Cards

Handmade Cards It was recently our 27th wedding anniversary. For most of our wedding anniversaries, birthdays and for Christmas, I will paint an original watercolour as a Handmade Card for my wife Susan. She now has quite a collection of Handmade Cards that capture different occasions and places that hold special memories for us both. … 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 of … 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

Our Christmas Exhibition

Our Christmas Exhibition starts on the weekend of the 24th & 25th November 9:30 – 5pm. I’ve now been a full time artist for 34 years! It’s been quite a journey, one which I’ve shared with many who have become an important part of my story as an artist. 2018 has been a landmark year … Read more

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