Cowbar Nab from the Harbour - Staithes.

Cowbar Nab from the Harbour - Staithes.

Excellent work Alan, I will study the feature with interest.

Good composition, like the figures they add interest and depth, great colours too.

Just love the finished result.

A different view of Staithes, will look forward to your forthcoming article.

Lovely shards of light over the houses, beach and boat together with the sparkles in the sea make this painting sing. I also like your palette of very natural colour, nothing conspicuous making every tone do its work. great Alan.

Lovely work once again Alan. Look forward to reading your article.

Instantly recognisable Alan, great palette and those highlights are perfect.

Distinctively yours. A great piece of work.

Great view, Alan, and wonderful colours.

Gorgeous, Alan. Especially love the composition, and those boats in the water.

I love this Alan, such a great composition and that little red sail looks just right! I look forward to the newsletter.

Wonderful example Alan, I look forward to your article. Hope to put it in to practice too.

I still struggle with tonal values so I look forward to reading your article Alan and watching the progression of this superb painting.

This is great, Alan, really looking forward to reading your article

Good Alan, I'm just around the corner from there at the moment stopping in Saltburn by the sea doing some sketching lovely part of the world

You have all been so generous with your comments, thank you so much.

Look forward to your feature. This painting has such an interesting colour palette and perspective.

Great colours and composition!

Great linkage with your tonal values, Alan, and those highlights are excellent. Lovely painting. I really like the cliff colours, and the red sail is a delight. I also like the sense of scale the figures bring to the scene, especially the man fiddling with the mooring rope on the beach. A one to look at and enjoy. Bri

Great composition, great style and REALLY atmospheric. Feels nostalgic (Staithes School) yet has a really modern twist to this as well. Great expressive marks, draftsmanship and colour usage.

Beautiful work Alan, such a lovely palette and composition.

Hang on Studio Wall

Oil on Talens canvas board 40 x 50cm. The final stage of a feature that I have written for the November e-newsletter. It’s called ‘The Importance of Tonal Values’, and you will see how I have approached this important aspect of starting off a painting in five hopefully easy-to-follow stages, plus a short introduction to the subject. My demonstration starts off using tonal shades, black and white plus four intermediate values. Colour gradually being added throughout the stages, keeping those same values as close as possible. I hope that some of you will find it useful. Based loosely on a photo courtesy of my daughter.

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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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