Sandon Lock Gate and Bridge.

Sandon Lock Gate and Bridge.

Another great drawing, Alan. The grey paper really makes them stand out. Looking forward to the paintings to follow.

Love the clean lines and the light.. lovely Alan.

Love the way you have captured the shadows and light, especially with such basic mediums. Looking forward to seeing this version in oils Alan.

Really looking forward to the paintings from these lovely sketches.

The grey paper really "works". The white highlights are great.

I love these sketches Alan, they look so impressive on this grey paper, 😀

These canal sketches are so exciting about doing a run of cards from them, put me down for a dozen! Can’t wait to see the oils!

This is my kind of sketch Alan. Super.

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Indian ink on A4 Grey paper. Drawn whilst sitting on the lock arm, also from the towpath on the other side of the bridge shortly afterwards. It was early morning and the low winter sun was casting some gorgeous shafts of light and shadows, particularly under the arch of the bridge. I knew that I had to record this contrast for a later set of oil paintings. The other view from the towpath was even more impressive, I’ll post that one tomorrow. Of course, it doesn’t show up in an ink drawing so well, but I have started on a couple of oils, having been back to the same spot with my canvas boards to do the initial drawing out, and to capture some of the exciting colours on the old brick bridge. Both will be completed in the studio in the coming weeks.

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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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