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Testimonials - Paintings of Newcastle upon Tyne, across the UK, Italy and other locations

Portrait of Arthur

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 www.reedartolidays.com 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.

For more information www.reedartholidays.com

Theatre Royal at Night

Dear Alan  I am happy to say that my nephew is delighted with the picture and there were lots of good comments from others too.  So many thanks - excellent service and a most acceptable gift.  All good wishes  Graham

Longsands Tynemouth Original

Longsands Tynemouth Original

Dear Alan  I would like to thank you very much for my beautiful painting of Longsands, Tynemouth. The colours are stunning. It is a walk I regulary enjoy when I travel home to visit my Mum. It is so lovely to be able to look at a picture of the North East Coast that I love so much.  With many thanks to you. Jane Hampshire

Quayside Morning Mist, Newcastle

Dear Alan  A quick note to let you know that my print Quayside Morning Mist arrived safe and sound last Wednesday – very quickly indeed. It is absolutely beautiful, I am thrilled to bits.  Thank you kindly,  Lesley - Western Australia

Bamburgh Watercolour Original

Just a few words to say thank you for the excellent small Bamburgh watercolour, bought for a special birthday for Carol.  We are both absolutely delighted with it.  Carol was speechless (for the first time!) as it was a surprise, having bought it unseen based on me seeing a print of yours of Durham which was very good.

Your website however cannot do Bamburgh justice, as it is not possible to portray the depth of feeling in the painting and for us the memories it evokes. You have captured the light perfectly from a great viewpoint of this iconic castle and beach. Many thanks,  Richard and Carol. Staffordshire.

Durham in the Snow

Dear Alan,  I am very pleased to confirm that I received your print of Durham in the Snow yesterday afternoon. It was very, very well packed and arrived in good order.  We are absolutely delighted with the picture. The print is absolutely beautiful and the frame compliments it very well.  The overall effect is stunning. The Directors will present the picture this evening at a special dinner party.  I am sure that the recipient  will be very happy to receive such a beautiful gift and that it will give him much joy every time he looks at it!  All the very best for the future  Kind regards   Agnes

Rodin's "The Kiss"

Rodin's "The Kiss"

Print arrived of the kiss thank you, and so pleased with it.  It is going to be the perfect 'Silver Wedding' gift for my son and daughter-in-law.  Once again, 'Thank You'.  R Etherington


Grey Street, Newcastle

So many contrasts in one painting! You have the languid, relaxed, sunny morning, somehow epitomised in the flag. Then you have the permanence of the historic buildings with both an optimistic stateliness and a kind of foreboding one.

Then you have the no-nonsense bustle of folk swiftly moving to work, united in their haste yet alone. And then this lovely little group of pigeons pecking away.

It's a stunning painting Alan. You should be nationally recognised!  Lex Loizides, South Africa

Durham School v Ampleforth College

Dear Alan,  The prints of Durham V Ampleforth arrived this morning. They surpass expectations.

I enjoyed a couple of leisurely hours last night browsing your website to the extent that next time we are heading along the A69 we will take a detour to your gallery in Ponteland.  Best regards Julian

St Andrews Harbour, TESTIMONY

St Andrews Harbour, TESTIMONY

I am delighted with the picture I bought from you St Andrews Harbour, Early Morning. It is a gift, but I like it so much I may buy another for myself ! I also want you to know how much I appreciated your help on the phone, the prompt despatch, the superlative box and wrapping, and the personal touch of a note from Alan Reed inside. That sort of service is truly excellent and deserves praise. Many thanks indeed.  Gordon Wilson

Toon Army

Hi Alan
Just wanted to say a big thank you for sending our "match day" picture in such quick time and so well packaged. It now has pride of place in our Kent hallway for everbody to see! The other two pictures that we took away at the time, are also in prominent places to remind us daily of home. Thanks for great service.  Mrs Mole

Grand Canal, Venice

Dear Mr Reed
Thank you for sending me the limited edition print of the 'Grand Canal' which I am truly delighted with. I apologise for not contacting you sooner, due to all the work on my new house I have only just got round to unpacking it. I am sure it will be gracing my new home for many years to come. You are a truly talented artist, I love your work. With very best wishes  Lesley R - Cheshire

La Serenata a Rialto

Dear Alan & Susan  We want to take this opportunity to express our thanks following the recent purchase of the picture of Venice. The warmth of colour and impressionist style were exactly what we were looking for.  We were made very welcome on arrival at the gallery and were very impressed with the professionalism - the cappuchino was delicious too !

The picture arrived well wrapped and now occupies a prime spot where it has been much admired by friends and family.
We were particulary impressed by your website with it's ease of navigation and enjoyed watching the video clip of the artist at work on location.  With our thanks and every good wish.  David & Ruth Landles - Durham

Relais il Cannalcchio, Umbria

Hello again Alan,  Just wanted to say thank you so very very much for sending the complimentary signed card which arrived this morning - it is very kind of you. It is also very apt and with perfect timing as it is my birthday today. San Gimignano is another of our favourite places. We seem to be following in your footsteps!!  My print of Relais il Canalicchio arrived this afternoon and I am absolutely thrilled with it.  Many many thanks once again for all your help and kindness.Very best wishes.  Janet

Bamburgh Castle

Hi Alan  Thank you very much for the speedy dispatch of the beautiful Bamburgh print. I purchased it for the lady who works for us as a retirement present. I introduced her a few years ago to the beauties of the North East and she has holidayed there every year since, Holy Island and Bamburgh being her favourites. I am myself originally from Woolsington not a stones throw away from where you are.Thanks again.  Joanne - Ealing, London

I have just received the limited edition of Bamburgh Castle, it's beautiful, the web site does not the picture justice.  I am almost certain I will be a returning customer.  Best regards and Happy Christmas    Janet - Nottingham


St Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Just received the print of St Marks Square. Thank you so much - it is perfect. And following our discussion re. frames, I'm really grateful that you managed to source the gold for me. The print is my 'something thoughtful' gift for my Husband's 40th, who has memories of Aerobics at 5am in a similarly quiet St Marks Square when the boat he was on with the Royal Navy stopped there some 20 years ago! I'm hoping it'll inspire him to take me there one day! Thanks again. Jo - Woking Surrey

Roman Baths, Original Watercolour

Dear Alan,   The picture arrived today in perfect condition.  What a joy to open the box and find your beautiful art!  Christmas morning will be special because of it.  And what a treat to find the enclosed Christmas cards of your other watercolors!  I'm not sure I'll be able to write on them -- perhaps they will end up in frames as well.  Best wishes, and, perhaps one day we will have an opportunity to meet.  Mary Beth - Washington DC, USA

Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Just to let you know that the Print arrived on Friday morning and I absolutely love it It really catches the atmosphere of the Grassmarket and every time I look at it I see something I hadn't noticed before Thank You!   Kindest Regards Joyce R -  Whitley Bay, Newcastle

Princess Street, Edinburgh

I received my framed print of Princes Street and my husband Gordon and I are delighted with the print and the quality of the framing.  We just can't stop looking at it.  Our next buy will definitely be the Forth Bridge floating in the mist....something we have seen in real life.  I will be in touch later on that one.
Also want to thank you for the safe packaging and delivery. We missed the delivery yesterday but it arrived today safely.  As well, thank you for the catalogue which arrived at the weekend - a joy to browse.
Having tried watercolour landscape Gordon and I recognise real talent when we see it. We both send our thanks and good wishes.  M & G - Edinburgh

Rugby v Durham School

Just to let you know that we are really pleased with the "Rugby v. Durham School" painting we ordered from you a few weeks ago. We have bought it for our son's 18th birthday as he is the Rugby School "no. 7"  holding the ball in the painting! We did have an email about the painting through the school a while ago, but couldn't afford it at the time and we weren't sure if Matthew would really want it, he then happened to mention how nice the painting was and how he would love to have a print of it, so i hoped you had some left and bought it quick! Matthew was a awarded a sports scholarship to the school and his place there is also funded by the Arnold Foundation. It was an honour for him to take part in this tournament, and as much an honour for you to have immortalised this moment for him in this beautiful watercolour. 

Mrs V. - Ceredigion, Wales

Thames Sunrise

Thank you so much for your prompt response. We worked in the City of London and on the Thames (my husband was a Tug captain) for most of our working lives and you are quite right the skyline has changed - but your paintings of the river and the city under a "moody" sky is still a typical scene enjoyed by so many Londeners every day of their working lives as they cross Waterloo Bridge.

Dear Alan  Your painting is in our Sitting Room above the fireplace and gives us daily pleasure- thank you so much!  Best wishes and kind regards,  Mr & Mrs P - London

Sherree Valentines Daines

Sherree Valentines Daines

Thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful Sherre Valentine-Daines print, beautifully framed, which arrived safely today. I am truly delighted and it looks wonderful in my home. Thank you again,   Kind regards  Marie

Original Paintings

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

City Retreat, Newcastle

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