Theatre Royal at night

Prints of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne are always popular but I’ve seen very few artists paint it at night which is when most theatre lovers see it. Artificial light is not easy to capture convincingly in paint, particularly in watercolour, however, this scene has worked well. The key is keeping the palate … Read more

Grainger Street

Paintings of Newcastle The popularity of my limited edition prints is partially down to the fact that I usually include figures in the paintings. This helps to bring the painting to life. Over the years I spent considerable time observing people going about their daily business in cities.  Some of my favourite cities are Newcastle upon … Read more

Invest in Art

Alan Reed Rarely does a week go past without one of my customers commenting about the value of their paintings. Often they joke about their “Alan Reed” original being worth a fortune once I’m dead! Joking aside, it does raise the question, should one invest in art, and if so, whose art should one buy? … Read more

San Gimignano

Florence The first time I went to San Gimignano was in February 1999. We took the bus from Florence to visit this Medieval Tuscan hilltop town after seeing it on a holiday programme. I saw its 14 famous towers for the first time from several miles away. It made me even more eager to explore … Read more

North Shields Fish Quay

Self Employed One of the first commissions I received when I went self employed back in 1984 was to do two original watercolours. They were both of the Tyne near the North Shields Fish Quay area for a leading North East businessman. Over the years I’ve kept going back to the reference material I gathered back … Read more

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