Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Miniature Framed Prints

It's the News you've been waiting for :

Wildlife in Character framed miniature prints now available to buy online from this website at a standard UK charge of £25 including postage and packing (for overseas quote please enquire via email below.)

Original design wildlife characters by Alan Mould have been increasing in popularity since first going on sale at the North East Art Collective Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne four years ago (who incidentally will take orders for larger framed prints and originals, postage free in the UK), with many a local collector purchasing a set of their favourite birds to brighten up their homes.
They also make ideal gifts for all occasions, so be original, bring a smile to someone you love at Christmas, Birthdays, Fathers/Mothers day, Valentines day, Weddings, Anniversaries, Retirements, New Home, New Baby, or Just Because.

These quirky open edition prints (using best quality HP inks on 230gms matt finish Hahnemuhle William Turner Fine Art Digital Printing Paper) are difficult to tell apart from the original watercolour artwork, and being archival standard will retain their vitality for years to come.

All prints are signed by the artist and framed in white or black (your choice) to be wall-hung or stood on a surface (stand supplied.) Image placed within a 7 x 11cms aperture, scroll to bottom of page for frame specifications.

Fronted in clear toughened plastic for a child-friendly finish and ease of transport, and dispatched by First Class Royal Mail (signed for), posted within 7 days of receipt of payment (usually earlier) and customers will be informed of dispatch date via email.

Payment to be made by Paypal Secure Payment Systems for which you don't need an account, just an email address for the invoice to be sent on confirmation of order.

Make your choice from the selection of birdy characters below. Specify picture by species common name and whether a black or white frame is required.
Send your orders and enquiries via email to Alan Mould at
Begin your collection today, 27 'characters' to choose from (click on picture for larger image.)

Not actual framed prints
Artist impressions, low resolution

Make your choice and email Alan Mould stating common name of bird required and frame colour. Paypal invoice will be sent to your email address shortly after the order is received. Your birdy will be sent out within 7 days of receipt of payment.

If not satisfied, full refund will be given if the purchased item is returned safely within 14 days of receipt. Please email with reason for return.

Thank you for looking in and hope you enjoy your purchase.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

In Aid of Charity (As seen on TV)

Have just taken part in a charity auction at my representative Gallery, the North East Art Collective. Over 200 artists, local celebs and footballers past and present donated a 6 x 6 ins postcard of original artwork to be auctioned (by secret bidding) ending April 22nd.

It was in aid of the West End FoodBank in Newcastle (made famous in the I Daniel Blake film) which is supported by NUFC, hence a number of postcards by present and ex-players plus manager Rafa Benitez, and a whole host more on the NUFC theme. Even mine, a born and bred Mackem (well it was for charity).

Mr Magpie - with apologies to my Sunderland-based friends and family ;-) 

My card even made the late night Look North bulletin and am pleased to say raised £40 for the charity.

Screenshot of Mr Magpie - Late Look North 11/04 

The total raised is yet to be announced but at the last count was well over £7000. Well done to all who donated, and to all who put their hands in their pockets,  and especially John and Gabby at the NEAC Gallery for working so hard to get it on.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A Winter of Discontent and Delight

It's been a case of back to the drawing board (literally) once the dust settled after the winter festive period.
Pre-Christmas sales at the NEAC Gallery in Eldon Gardens, Newcastle were my best yet, boosted by the numerous mini and micro-prints on offer, just what I needed after the unnecessary cancelation of my annual Xmas Gift Exhibition at Newcastle City Library with Bob Laine.
Bob discovered it had been cancelled because of ONE overlap day with the previous event, the exhibition space lay empty for the remainder of what would have been our two week show.
Still, every cloud has a silver lining (as they say) and putting my mini/micro prints in NEAC instead proved to be a godsend, selling many more than I could have hoped for at the Library.
We weren't best pleased all the same, but will be returning there in May for our annual Spring Show.

Meantime, like I said, I've been busy, producing new images of a Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Barn Owls and a Chilean Flamingo (yeah I know, hardly a garden bird, but we do have some locally at the Washington WWT.)
I took a few in to NEAC last week to replenish stocks after the busy end of year, still more to go once I restock on frames as well :

Coal Tit, Barn Owl and Another Blue Tit
New additions to the collection for 2018

Six of the Ten framed pictures delivered to NEAC last week.
Chilean Flamingo (measuring 25x53cms) is new and original for 2018
All the others are prints of old favourites and best-sellers. 

That's all for now, gotta get busy :-)


Monday, 18 December 2017

My Interpretation (panel)

Earlier this year I was approached by Gateshead Wildlife Group who wished to put up an interpretation panel about the wildlife found in the Derwent Valley near the Nine-arches Viaduct on the Derwent Walk.

Being on my 'patch' it was a job I really wanted to do, but also something I'd never tackled before. I wanted it to stand out and represent my individual style, so persuaded the GWG to allow me to do it  my way (didn't take much persuading if truth be told) which involved my birdy characterizations placed in a digital background, a technique which has served me well over the years.
And so began a summer of initially wandering the area and taking photographs, digitally manipulating these and constructing a basic background on computer. The watercolour characters I already had a few stock images so used these for problem solving, with much to-ing and fro-ing of emails as the panel gradually took shape with new characters and much input from both sides to get over hurdles of composition, subject inclusion (very hard to trim the selection down) and technical and design issues to suit requirements. It was a real challenge, and one I enjoyed immensely.

Six months later it was completed to everyone's satisfaction, then beautifully printed by local experts Chromazone, and put into place on the Derwent Walk just last week for all to see :

The Completed Artwork file, art and design by yours truly
Text supplied by GWG

Viewed from the north coming over the viaduct

Viewed from the south, viaduct in the distance

Arrowed signpost leads to the depicted meadows

The panel in situ

GWG were very pleased with the result, as was I, like I said, the colours came out beautifully in the A1 print, my photos were taken on a very grey day so don't really show it at its best. An A2 version will be displayed on the walls of Thornley Woodlands Centre, but its only a short walk around the sculpture trail and down the steps to the viaduct to see the real thing.

Once again many thanks to Gateshead Wildlife Group ( for trusting me with their vision, and to Chromazone ( for the brilliant print job.

It's a bit different from the usual illustrated info panels, hopefully appeal to the local kids and the many families who use the Derwent Walk Country Parks. Let me know what you think if you venture along to see it, feedback always welcome. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Loco for Logos

A new way of making use of my Birdie characters came about when I was contacted by a local wildlife group in need of a logo.

A fresh challenge, the group in question (Natural Newbiggin) wanted the logo to contain an image of the local 'star bird', the Mediterranean Gull. Numbers have been increasing there over the last decade or so, not sure why the gulls have chosen Newbiggin to settle, but I've been there to see them meself in years gone by, beautiful birds in their summer finest, which is how I portrayed the bird for my logo :

Natural Newbiggin logo with Med. Gull

On completion I was asked for a second logo, this time of a White-beaked Dolphin in similar style, something I've never attempted before but you know me, I like a challenge, and the logo turned out not too shabby :

Natural Newbiggin logo with White-beaked Dolphin

I supplied both logos in electronic form as jpegs on white and blue background (as shown), and as a transparent PNG file to cover all needs hopefully. The original watercolours were signed and sent off too.
The client well pleased with the results, so another way of utilising my character style is born. So should you know of anyone with a nature-based group in need of an attractive family-friendly logo, get in touch, rates are reasonable to suit small concerns as well as larger big-budget groups. 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mini and Micro Prints

As there's no Xmas gift show at Newcastle City Library this year (for reasons beyond my control) I've put a few of my smaller framed prints (which I would usually show at the library) in the North East Art Collective.

Priced at just £25 for a miniprint and £15 for a microprint they are great value, and can be wall-hung or stand freely on the mantelpiece, window sill or whatever.

Outer measurements 17.5cms x 12.5 cms

Outer measurements 11cms x 10cms

Those shown are currently the only ones on sale. To order phone North East Art Collective 0191 2312483 or email and quote your choice :

Miniprint - Kingfisher
Miniprint - Red Kite
Miniprint - Starling
Miniprint - Tawny Owl
Microprint - Beardie
Microprint - Long-tailed Tit
Microprint - Nuthatch
Microprint - Wren

And NEAC also offers free UK postage so the price quoted is the price you pay. Be quick ;-)

Update (2 hours later) - You'll need to be a bit quicker I'm afraid, I hear the Microprints have sold out on their first day of sale :-) More on the way soon.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

New at the Gallery

I dropped off a new selection of original watercolours earlier this week at the North East Art Collective in Newcastle's Eldon Gardens, and for the first time venturing into the mammalian world with a locally observed Fox and Roe Deer, created for another project but news on that later.

All new original watercolours.
Framed in white - Deer £110, all others £80

A decent stock in NEAC at the moment as Christmas levers itself up on to the horizon, to see all the pics I have in store at the moment click on the following link :

Remember, most of my images past and present are available in print form, so if you know what you want but don't see what you're looking for on my page, email the Gallery and they'll order a framed print for you, with free UK postage.
Couldn't be simpler :-)