Spritsail Barges at Anchor


Sorry if you commented earlier, I’d put in the wrong photo!

Sail them in on the tide Alan. Lovely boats and harbour work.

Lovely composition and I love the limited palette - very effective!

Superb scene Alan and beautifully painted. I do like you boat paintings , all your work is excellent but the boats just talk to me .

The limited pallet worked good Nicely done

Excellent marine picture.

Great tonal work Alan, and a lovely harbour scene. I do like the vagueness of the buildings in the distance also.

Beautiful limited palette.

Excellent. I like the whole thing.

Your tonal values and aerial perspective are brilliant. Alan.

Super work Alan, I like the muted tones. I have great respect for your work, the maritime subjects in particular.

Superb Spritsail barges Alan, and I now know what is meant by aerial perspective! Lovely!

Your always good with your compositions Alan and I love the dark tones 🤗

Absolutely smashing, Alan! Nothing so good as a good harbour and boat scene to sail away on!

Thanks guys for your support, I appreciate it!

Great contrasts, between those dominating boats and the delicate work on the distant buildings. (I may rob one of your dinghies for the next time I do a nautical painting!)

Simply stunning

Great tones and drawing Alan. Believable

Lovely Alan, a muted palette looks great and I'm always inspired to try more paintings using a muted palette after seeing your work.

This is really great Alan. I like the limited colour palette.

Really lovely Alan, I love the limited palette you’ve used- so effective

I love the tones in this. Some of the marks are superb.

A fine example Alan. A grand subject so wonderfully executed.

I love this !! I’m always attracted to monochrome or limited palette work. You’ve got tremendous variety of tone . Really enjoy your excellent article in the June edition.

Works well Alan, has an antique feel.

Great tonal value — like the glow.

Hang on Studio Wall

Watercolour on Arches 300lb HP, an exercise using a limited palette… great for checking out your tonal values and aerial perspective!

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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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