Show March 13th to April 16th at Local Colors

It has been almost a year since my last Featured Artist Show in 2018. This year (2019) I have focused on lager paintings. Local Colors is a great place to view these lager works.

Artist's reception is March 15th 6 pm to 9 pm. 1054E 2100 S Salt Lake City

Oct. 12th 2018 "Halloween" Event at Local Colors"

I actually painted a very heavy gourd: 24 inches long. Was lot's of fun!

Demo Friday 13th, 6-9 pm

Don't miss Art Demo Night this Friday (yes, the 13th) when watercolorist Blaine Clayton, metalsmith jeweler Debbie Valline and abstract artist extraordinaire Bill Reed demonstrate how to make ART!

  • See Blaine Clayton demonstrate how to paint watercolors!
  • See metalsmith jeweler Debbie Valline show how to make cold connections jewelry!!
  • See Bill Reed demo his technique for making original acrylic abstract art greeting cards!!!

Local Colors is located at 1054 East 2100 South and more details can be found on their website and Facebook page.

Finished 2 Paintings Today

I continue to paint with iron, bronze, and copper laden paint then adding rust and patina. These 2 paintings are on wood panels. Have added these images to gallery where they can be enlarged.










Gallery Stroll Tonight, June 15, 2018

I am in the Group Show at Local Colors




Spiral Jetty 2011

Not to long ago when the Spiral Jetty was covered with salt and the waters were pink. The spiral jetty has been a great inspiration to me in that Robert Smithson’s 1970 earthwork is as amazing today as when he created it, and it has perhaps changed in ways he did not foresee.




Just added Video

Utah Abstract Artist (me) shows the Dirty Cup method he used to create several of his fluid acrylic creations. This video shows basic equipment and details steps for this process. Click Video on bar at top of page.

Dance of Electric Sheep Update

  • On May 24, 2018 The Dance Of Electric Sheep sold.
  • On May 10, 2018 Abyssal Plain sold.
  • My featured artist show at Local Colors continues through June 13th.
  • In case you missed the first, there will be a second reception on June 8th from 6 to 9 pm.

Dance Of Electric Sheep

Local Colors of Utah Art Gallery in Salt Lake City presents a new art exhibit featuring the abstract paintings of Bill Reed.  This art show includes recent works such as The Dance of Electric SheepCrescent and Tadpole NebulaeGreat Barrier Reef and Draco. The show is through June 13th, 2018.

The story of my first painting

This painting was my first. My art teacher at Bowie High School (Bowie, MD) suggested I paint this large painting. I worked on it all year and when I rolled it up to take it home, the teacher asked me what I was doing. From the conversation that pursued it became clear he did not think it finished. After several hours of discussion he suggested that if the other two art teacher agreed it was finished, he would give it a grade and I could take it home.  There are basicly three elements to this painting, the buildings at center, the trees in forground, and the sky in background. My teacher didn't think the buildings were finished. The next teacher said the buildings were fine but he did not like the trees. Finally, the third teacher saw no problem with the painting except for the sky. He said he had never seen a sky like that. So I rolled up the painting and started to walk out the door. My teacher said Mr. Reed what do you think you are doing. I said they did not agree with him, he said they did not agreed with you either. Bottom line is I never got a grade for this painting that now hangs in my living room above the mid-size grand piano.


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