Trent & Mersey Canal at The Haywoods.

Trent & Mersey Canal at The Haywoods.

Lovely Autumn study Alan, water always helps make a scene.

Love the curve of the bridge and the way you have used the white gouache Alan. The whole painting is beautiful.

Excellent work as always, Alan. A great subject for a painting.

Lovely drawing, I like that paper too.

I love your sketches Alan, it shows the skill that goes into making a beautiful painting 😃

Again a beautiful drawing, Alan. A stunning addition to your great gallery.

Another winner ther Alan, great sketches these are.

I find this latest series of yours to be quite nostalgic Alan, the subject matter could be from a bygone age. The quality of your drawing is superb and obviously underpins your fabulous paintings. A reminder to us all that drawing is the most fundamental skill we all need to try and master.

Superb inspiring sketch, Alan. Love the deep ink and the touch of white brings everything to life!

Another super sketch Alan, reminds me of Seago's lovely ink drawings.

Absolutely super sketch Alan, I'm quite surprised at the amount of detail in your sketches as your paintings don't seem so detailed as these little beauties.

Gosh everyone, thanks once again, some wonderful comments which I didn't expect from a drawing.

Lovely drawing, Alan.

A lovely scene so well sketched Alan.

Hi Alan Love it! But where were you when you sketched this? I've driven a boat through one or both of those bridges on dozens of occasions, and I can't work it out. Emyr

Emyr, the road bridge is just down from the Spar shop at Gt Hayward and goes to Tixall. Farm shop is on the right. Over the hump bridge is the Anglo Welsh boat yard, cafe etc.

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One of the many drawings that I completed yesterday on a local sketching trip with my daughter. Waterways are packed with interesting things to draw, not too many boats around mind you. I opted for black Indian ink for this one, and my favourite rigger brush, plunging straight in as always, using this lovely A4 Tan Strathmore paper. I was immediately taken with this scene, and although I have sketched here many times, it always inspires me. I particularly like the old bridge to the left, foot traffic only of course, and what a great shape it makes from this angle, the shadow helped enhance it enormously. I dropped a touch of white gouache on the cottage which was white anyway, just to give the composition a focal point. I’m working from a narrow cattle bridge by the way, not standing on the water! This will make a large, perhaps panoramic oil painting at some point. These sketches are a great reference for later work. Plenty more to post, lock gates, more bridges and so on, I hope you

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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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