Faded Prints

I have been having my original paintings published as limited edition prints since 1993. Initially it was through a publisher that was based in Edinburgh called Di Rollo Ltd. The publisher would organise the printing and ensure that the colours were as close to the original watercolour as possible. I would make the final approval … Read more

Frank Henry Mason

I’ve been a long admirer of the Marine Painter and Poster Artist Frank Henry Mason. Over the years one of my clients has collected Frank Henry Mason’s work and I’ve had the privilage of organising new conservation mounts for the paintings to go into. In a blog post from 2012 I wrote about Frank Henry … Read more

Susan in St Mark’s Church

In September 2012 Susan and I travelled to Venice to work on a number of painting projects, one of which was this oil painting of Susan in the Basilica San Marco. On the 7th April 1985 Susan experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity on her own as she cried out to God in the famous … Read more

The Girl in the Red Coat

Although we did see some rain when we were in Venice in September 2012, it was nothing compared to the extraordinary flooding St Mark’s Square has seen in recent months. I was able to get the perfect reference for this new limited edition print titled “The Girl in the Red Coat, Venice”. It features my eldest … Read more

Rialto Bridge Venice

Paintings of Venice are always popular with folk who have been fortunate enough to visit the city of romance. I recall one of my painting trips in March 2000 when the weather was quite mixed. I arose early one morning to do some painting to be faced with a heavy fog. We were staying close … Read more

Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice

Last night Susan and I watched the  BBC 2 programme Shakespeare in Italy narrated by Francesco da Mosto. Part of the programme was set in Venice, a city which was Susan’s home for 5 years and a place which has been a content source of inspiration for my paintings of Italy collection. One of my … Read more

Spanish Steps

Paintings of Italy Paintings of Italy have always proved popular with those folk who love all things Italian. My limited edition prints of Tuscany, Venice and Umbria continue to sell consistently well with folk buying online and from my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland. The Spanish Steps painting is part of the growing collection. Rome … 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

St Mark’s Square, Afternoon Sunlight

Venice St Mark’s Square in Venice holds very special memories for my wife and . It was in the Basilica that Susan gave her life to God over 25 years ago. She had a dramatic conversion to Christianity. It transformed her life from one of hopelessness and despair to one of peace, joy and faith … 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

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