Alan Reed's Painting Blog

Postcard size original #watercolour of Bamburgh Castle 4 @RapeCrisisTN Exhibion @NorthEastArtCol auction 6th November.  (at Alan Reed Art)

Postcard size original #watercolour of Bamburgh Castle 4 @RapeCrisisTN Exhibion @NorthEastArtCol auction 6th November. (at Alan Reed Art)

Very quick charcoal preparation sketch for oil painting of City Church member. (at Alan Reed Art)

Very quick charcoal preparation sketch for oil painting of City Church member. (at Alan Reed Art)

Another portrait in oils for City #Church #Newcastle atrium to be launched in November 2104. (at Alan Reed Art)

Another portrait in oils for City #Church #Newcastle atrium to be launched in November 2104. (at Alan Reed Art)

Sketchbook #watercolour of Souk in #kuwait. Print available of studio painting based on sketches. http://bit.ly/ZdPHvC (at Alan Reed Studio & Gallery, Ponteland)

Sketchbook #watercolour of Souk in #kuwait. Print available of studio painting based on sketches. http://bit.ly/ZdPHvC (at Alan Reed Studio & Gallery, Ponteland)

Artists and Illustrator Artist of the Year 2014 Competition

On Friday I received a surprise phone call from Artists and Illustrators Magazine to say that I’d been shortlisted as one of 50 artists for their competition “Artist of the Year 2014″. “Last Light, Ruwi, Oman” seen above was my entry, an original watercolour painting. There were over 3,000 entries so I was delighted with the news.

Artist of the Year 2014 will be announced in the December issue of Artists and Illustrator magazine which comes out on the 7th November. There will be an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London 6th-17th January of the shortlisted entries.

My studio watercolour of Ruwi in Oman is the result of spending many hours making sketchbook studies in watercolour on location in Oman.

I’ve had to rise when it was still dark to make sure I was in the right spot to capture the early morning light. On this occasion it was a case of being in the right place in time to record the last throws of the middle eastern sunlight catching the distant hills.

The district of Ruwi can be seen nestling in the surrounding foothills with its white architecture coated in cool shadows. I’ve used a limited palate of Winsor and Newton watercolours on a very rough handmade paper to create a distinct contrast between the dark purple, craggy hills and the lighter crisp edges of the buildings.

I’ve now been painting scenes of Oman for 8 years for various clients in Oman. In 2013 I was thrilled to receive “The Artists Prize” for the Royal Watercolour Society Competition from The Artists Magazine. My winning painting on that occasion was Jebel Akhdar, Oman which is currently on view at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.

The links on this post are affiliate links to products which I personally use. If you click on the links and buy any of these products then I will receive a small percentage of the sale from Amazon at no extra cost to yourself.

I found out today that I’ve been shortlisted as “Artist of the Year” by Artist & Illustrator Magazine. Over 3,000 applicants. Down to last 50. (at Alan Reed Art)

I found out today that I’ve been shortlisted as “Artist of the Year” by Artist & Illustrator Magazine. Over 3,000 applicants. Down to last 50. (at Alan Reed Art)

Press article 1984 about yours truly when about to go Self Employed as an artist. Where did 30 years go, and the hair? (at Alan Reed Studio & Gallery, Ponteland)

Press article 1984 about yours truly when about to go Self Employed as an artist. Where did 30 years go, and the hair? (at Alan Reed Studio & Gallery, Ponteland)

Shepherds delight. View from Studio & Gallery #Ponteland tonight. (at Alan Reed Art)

Shepherds delight. View from Studio & Gallery #Ponteland tonight. (at Alan Reed Art)

Detail “Temple of Aphaea, Aegina” original #watercolour available from Studio & Gallery #Ponteland  (at Alan Reed Art)

Detail “Temple of Aphaea, Aegina” original #watercolour available from Studio & Gallery #Ponteland (at Alan Reed Art)

New testimonial http://t.co/15gHdCFG17 from customer who bought “Quayside Morning Mist” from Western Australia.  (at Alan Reed Art)

New testimonial http://t.co/15gHdCFG17 from customer who bought “Quayside Morning Mist” from Western Australia. (at Alan Reed Art)