Grand Harbour, Valetta

Grand Harbour, Valetta

well done Alan I know the area very well after several stays on holiday.yes you have captured the atmosphere looks fresh and fluid David Harrison

Never been but like to having viewed this smasher Alan

Another beautifully painted piece Alan superb

Very good Alan, the ancient buildings have a realistic solidness to them, never been to Malta.

So well painted in your lovely warm hues - great brush work

When I saw the thumbnail version of this, it looked much more "finished", so I was surprised to see your name on it - then I enlarged it and saw that you hadn't worked it too hard at all; which I think proves that you could take this painting much further if you wanted to - and also that you don't need to, since you've said it all.

I often find that trying to capture " that moment" won't work on re doing stuff from sketches . But this certainly has.

Thanks for all the comments, your time and effort is appreciated. Robert, I never take paintings any further than this these days, as you will know, anything verging towards photorealism sends shivers down my spine. Thanks Sylvia, I know what you mean, they don't always work, I just try and imagine I'm there, I wish...

Beautiful crisp lights, punchy darks and all the tones in between just right! Love the directional brush marks Alan.

Thanks Fiona, I was quite pleased with it myself, which doesn't happen too often.

Another Valetta beauty. Went there with my late father, and these paintings envoke fond memories, thank you.

Thanks for that Andre, yes, it is such a wonderful city.

Really great piece Alan. Sparkling water and I love that distant building.

Cheers Carole, appreciated.

Lovely sparkle on water off-setting the solidity of the headland and buildings. Most impressive, Alan.

Thanks Ruth, I have some more to follow.

Nice warm tones of a Mediterranean island and lovely light dancing on the water. Good one Alan - I'd like to be there!

Looks amazing Alan, beautiful :)

Thanks Michael and Maria, yes, it is a fabulous island, I will return...

Hang on Studio Wall

Oil on board 16 x 20in. This view of the Bell Tower and fort is a magnet for artists, and I was no exception, making many watercolour and ink sketches during my frequent visits to Malta. This was reworked in the studio, not the same but I hope that i've captured something of the atmosphere.

About the Artist
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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