Painting at sunrise is my very favourite time of day to paint plein air. This was painted in Rundle gardens Rabat, Gozo between 06.30 and 08.00. At the same time each day to catch that yellow gold light as it crept over the bridge. I had of necessity to paint fast and loose in order to retain the integrity and freshness of that special light. I used a very limited pallette of raw sienna, raw umber, french ultramarine, viridinan, magenta and titanium white.
Much of my work is done in a very large studio, about 9kms by 13kms. I just love painting outside, plein air. The colours are strikingly fresh, the sun is shining, it’s another beautiful day on the peaceful island of Gozo, Malta’s smaller sister island. I can set up my my little personal studio wherever I fancy by sea, fields or any of the picturesque villages and delightful harbours. This study was painted on gessoed board and descibes a walk beside fields with spring flowers in abundance.