Penkhill Castle, South Ayreshire.

Penkhill Castle, South Ayreshire.

What an imposing beauty Alan great composition and colour and worked wonderful

A lot of dramatic effects, Alan, "it was a dark and stormy night?" Is the "mixed media" acrylic and pen and pastel? Very effective whatever it is - lovely strong colours. I've enjoyed your recent art sections in the bonus newsletters as well.

A dark and windy night, spooky Alan! Love it.

Thank you all, it didn&#39;t set out to be spooky. Owned by an American couple so Fiona tells me.<br />Pat, It&#39;s mainly ink with Plaka (a kind of acrylic) and wax resist, no pastel. Glad that you enjoyed my little feature, more on the way in the next one.

Lovely dramatic piece your work always puts me in mind of Rowland Holder , excellent

Wow...what a wonderful job you have done with the reference material! I like how you have given the castle breathing space to the left because as you know it&#39;s quite hemmed in with thick evergreen trees to this side. The marks and lines on the pepper pot tower give it that sense of history, it&#39;s scars if you like. The range of tones and colours also reflect the different material additions to the castle over the years......beautifully captured. This was one of the playgrounds of the pre-Raphaelites and Christine Rossetti is said to have written &#39;In the bleak mid winter&#39; here......I can certainly see where the inspiration for some of the lines came from, especially &#39;frosty winds may moan&#39;!lol

Lovely Castle Alan, stunning bright and beautiful colours, hey, I could live :)

Very moody and dramatic work Alan, can imagine the door opening and Peter Cushing emerging!

So dramatic - but I must say I don&#39;t find it spooky probably due to the excellent palette - another winner.

Love that dramatic, ominous backdrop, Alan - atmospheric and charged with energy! In response to your question, I&#39;m currently taking the online monoprinting workshop with an Anerican artist, Linda Germain. She has her site at

Yes, I think spooky as well. Fiona, again, has summed it all nicely for me!

So atmospheric and mysterious Alan. Someone with a good imagination could weave some great spooky and scary stories around this fantastic painting.

Can&#39;t add any more to above Alan

Another gem Alan. After the first &quot;wow&quot; gut reaction, something to look long and hard at - I for one can learn a lot from studying your work and methods.

Like your bold technique a lot Alan!

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Mixed medium 11 x 15'' on Fabriano 300lb HP. Inspiration and reference courtesy of Fiona.

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Alan Bickley

Having studied fine art and graphics at both Stafford and Derby college, my career working as a graphic artist and latterly as editorial artist with Northcliffe Media Ltd, has kept me constantly in touch with all aspects of art and design. Painting mainly in oils, acrylics and watercolour, my…

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