Essex Bridge, Shugborough - Plein air sketch.

Essex Bridge, Shugborough - Plein air sketch.

Those figure give scale and make this pierce work beautifully Alan. I know the place well.

Very good as it is, but has potential as large. Great composition.

My first thought was the same as John's about the figures. You call it unrefined but I like it as it is, spontaneous and a lovely palette.

I like this Alan and the figures, as John says, give it scale.

Many thanks John, Gudrun, Val and Margaret. Having just checked on Google, it is actually late 16th Century and had 40 spans originally across the River Trent. It was built by Lord Essex who resided at the nearby Chartley Castle, which I have painted numerous times over the years.

I wish I could do a quick and unrefined painting as good as this, Alan. Love it.

Great composition, beautiful scene, good as it is Alan.

Very effective work - great colours and I like it spontaneous. The figures look just right.

A great painting as it is, Alan. Love your figures.

Unbelievable result for a sketch Alan. Full of life, colour and spontaneity.

Cheers everyone for your comments, just a quickie but glad you appreciate these useful sketches.

Great composition and colours. I agree about the figures and love that one is dressed in red.

Beautiful Alan. I’ve walked over this bridge often.

Lovely fresh feel to this great outdoor work Alan. I often prefer artists preliminary work to the finished paintings. In our local art gallery, there are a number of Constable sketches which I appreciate more than his famous works.

Thanks Karen, Sandra and Stephen. I also love the Constable sketches.

lovely little sketch - wish I had done it!

Love the colours in this sketch, Alan.

Quick and unrefined maybe, good art definitely!

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30 x 50cm oil on board. Painted en-plein-air on Monday. A superb 18C packhorse bridge, 300mts from Shugborough Hall, the ancestral home of the late Lord Patrick Lichfield. I didn't hang around as it was pretty damp and cold, so a quick and rather unrefined sketch for a possible future studio work.

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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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