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Theatre Royal at Night

Theatre Royal at Night

  Prints of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle are always popular. 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 simple and the […]

Grainger Street

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 […]

New York Dusk

Rockerfeller Centre New York Dusk is inspired by our visit there in 2008. I love New York. It’s a slogan that is often seen on baseball caps and tee shirts. One visit is all it takes to fall in love with this incredible city. We spent a memorable three days in New York exactly four […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]