Malta with the brush

over Christmas break I took a solo painting trip to Malta. Which turned out really good - clearing my head and my palette with some fresh creamy ocean teals.  

I still want to take these sketches into the studio to make some bigger works with it. 

 

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my first one just after arrival. The sun went down too quickly on me.  really would like to revisit this study and make a bigger one.

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This was near Sliema, Malta

 

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It was quite rainy and stormy during this one. My pleinair box was shaking in the wind. This was just by Valletta. Beautiful city. This was the second sketch after which a storm rolled in and I couldn't paint.

 

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I relocated to Gozo, the north western island. Smaller and more picturesque. There could have been so many more things I could have painted. Especially in the towns. But I just kept wanting to go to the sea. Since I was traveling to my new location and then walking to the beach I had again the problem, that the sun was setting quickly. Not too proud of this one. But it was a beautiful place, so I should probably try something from this sketch.  This is at one of the few beaches in Malta, Gozo, called Ramla bay. Interesting,y the sand and the rocks had a more red hue and not the typical ochre limestone on the rest of the island.

 

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One of the better ones. I actually took some more time, that's probably why. This is at a really cute little harbour town called Marsalforn. 

 

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A cute windmill in Xaghra, the town I stayed in. 

 

 one very exciting thing happened. I rented a scooter. Oh my, what fun I had with that thing. I wish I could have filmed myself... I took it to the West Point of Gozo. Last year in April the Azur woindow here had collapsed unfortunately. That was a rock formation like an arch in the sea. Not there aniymore, but it is such a cool place to just explore. I was a bit too busy finding a composition and in the end, this was t really worth it. Well, worth a try, but not very well done. Beautiful place though. I wish I had more time.       

one very exciting thing happened. I rented a scooter. Oh my, what fun I had with that thing. I wish I could have filmed myself... I took it to the West Point of Gozo. Last year in April the Azur woindow here had collapsed unfortunately. That was a rock formation like an arch in the sea. Not there aniymore, but it is such a cool place to just explore. I was a bit too busy finding a composition and in the end, this was t really worth it. Well, worth a try, but not very well done. Beautiful place though. I wish I had more time. 

 

 

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and finally this one! My absolute highlight and timely as well. I had a commission to paint a boat as I was there. I thought, I'd probably find one eventually, but most of the boats where on land due to the winter season , or very closely tied up in the harbour together, so I went around on the scooter, trying to find the right boat. Because the next day I was leaving to the main island again and the weather forbast was again storm and rain. Finally I got blessed with this location. It was such a joy to paint this.

this was in Mgarr on Gozo. 

and for this one I did a studio version, when I got back.

 

And this one is for sale ;)

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Sailboat on Gozo, 40x50 cm