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.
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.
This was near Sliema, Malta
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.
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.
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.
A cute windmill in Xaghra, the town I stayed in.
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 ;)
Sailboat on Gozo, 40x50 cm