Comino Tower view from Comino Hospital, Comino, Malta - Jun 2007 - watercolour on paper - 50 x 35 cms (unframed). Painted on site on the island of Comino, Malta; it was a terribly hot day, and we sat with some other artists in the shade of the ex-Comino Hospital courtyard. This is a couple of hundred metres from the Tower itself, but the summer haze was enough to send the tower way back into the background. I like the way the light falls on the tower, with vertical slivers of light on it. The foreground was as Arizona dry and the higher contrast there brings the foreground closer. Done for the day, I then went swimming :)
Female head - oil on canvas. This was one of the last paintings I did during the four year stint studying classical drawing and painting under the expert guidance of Jason Lu when he was living in Malta some years back. The course followed ...the stringent Florence Academy of Art practices of sight-size and Bargue plate practice. One of my best investments, this required patience, discipline, perseverance and above all, the will to observe and learn. The exercises took time, this one some hundred hours or so, but this was necessary to gain sub-millimetric precision against the original cast, as well as in the colours and tone. I would not classify this as 'art', but an exercise to help gain the necessary skills to be able to create art. I will be posting other exercises here. Whoever is interested to know more can contact me (I can only give advice but am not in a position to give training [too much of a hassle :)])
What a read there is on http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/water.html. The autor is a certain Bruce MacEvoy, who, from what I learned was a top guy at Yahoo! Bruce seems to be extremely resourceful and this site is really a M U S T R E A D for any serious watercolourist who is interested to know how watercolours work. Bruce delves into the chemistry, physics and history of the medium and embellishes the site also comments on some the great watercolourists work. One of the best (if not the only) technical and scientific study of the pigments, colour theory, paper, etc related to watercolour. It's too much to take in one go, but if you bookmark it, you can refer to it when needed. There's also an interesting anecdotal history of his ventures in this medium. A most interesting read!
Siggiewi Autumn Day - Nov 2013 - watercolour on paper - 50 x 35cms (unframed) - Typical of these wet days; driving down Girgenti towards Siggiewi, the view was 'end-of-the-world-like' enough to suggest it being painted. The brightly lit cumulus clouds towered over the rain soaked ones underneath, lighting up the village as if a sign for us to redeem our sins . This painting will be exhibited at the upcoming Hax Xluq Chapel exhibition.
Ghar Lapsi, late afternoon - 33 x 47cms. Fresh from the oven, done yesterday in anticipation of the Hax Xluq annual exhibition in December. Ghar Lapsi forms part of Siggiewi. I'm having this 'thing' about shorelines lately and thought
that this would make an interesting exercise. Shoreline, setting sun on boulders, Filfla - pretty good value for money :)
Andrew Borg is a Malta-based painter, working in oils and watercolour. He captures images which, to my mind, look good or have are quirky enough to have a below-the-paint meaning.