Hastings towards Rye Harbour. WIP.

Hastings towards Rye Harbour. WIP.

What a beautiful painting. Those warm pinks give the landscape a unified glow. There's so much to learn from this. Thank you for sharing Alan

This is very interesting seeing how you develop your paintings. It's going to be a beauty.

Beautiful already - love the colours. Interesting to see your stages.

Love the movement and colours in that big sky, Alan.

Just beautiful, Alan. I will certainly be reading your article for tips!!!

You've developed great depth already, Alan, with excellent aerial perspective and great light. Looking forward to the finished piece. Good to see this one go through the various stages. Lovely. Bri

I look forward to the feature Alan. I agree that this is such an important step and shouldn’t be ignored as it really helps in the final stages of completing a painting.

Full of life.

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Stage 2 WIP. I’m writing a feature for the November e-newsletter titled ‘The importance of tonal values’, and I hope that some of you will find it useful. It’s not this actual scene, but the same principles apply whatever the subject. I have started this painting using shades of grey and establishing my tonal values from the outset. This way, you should achieve good contrast and aerial perspective. Simple and basic stuff of course, but so often ignored. For this stage I have started to introduce some colour, keeping the same tones. I will be keeping this painting very loose and spontaneous, that’s the plan anyway! Based loosely on a photograph courtesy of Dawn Farley. Oil on board, 25 x 60cm.

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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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