In my defence, it’s been ages since I bought a new brush. This still doesn’t mean that I actually needed this latest purchase, but I’m delighted to have been able to add it to my collection.
This arrived last week, just as I had to make another mad dash north to be with my mum who had taken a turn for the worse. (Regular readers may recall that she was taken to hospital a fortnight or so ago.)
As I packed, I threw together some painting materials and a couple of books, not really knowing how long I would be away for. There was something about the arrival of the new brush that made me think of John Yardley, so one of the books I brought with me is ‘John Yardley, A personal view’.
As I understand it, John Yardley’s preferred brushes are the acclaimed Winsor and Newton 7 Series. I like to think that this latest Da Vinci Maestro brush is not dissimilar in quality, and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to afford to purchase this new had it not come up for sale on a certain online auction site!
Back in 2015 I had the pleasure of seeing John Yardley paint at the Mall Galleries. The brush, my book, my memory of seeing him paint all led to me tackling one of his interior scenes. I think at the back of my mind was also the sense that I may need to be looking for more domestic/interior scenes of my own as the restrictions on our movements continue to tighten.
Here’s my take on his painting ‘The Green Sofa’:
I tried to paint this in a similar way to how I saw him paint at the Mall Galleries. Trying not overlay washes, to paint deliberately and to make each brushstroke the final brushstroke. As you can see this worked out better in some places than in others.
On the right hand side of the painting, there was what looked like a screen and chair and a number of other items that I completely failed at interpreting… so I thought I’d just completely get shot of them!
I quite like this cropped version and, painting this was a good exercise and a great way of making friends with my new brush – I think we’re going to be very happy together!
After painting in someone else’s style, I felt the need to reconnect with my own style! Here’s a quick study based on some photos and previous sketches that I have done from Brighton Marina. Again, this was mainly done with the new brush.
Delighted to be able to report that since coming north, my mum seems to have stabilised and is a little more comfortable. Visiting hours are currently restricted to one hour a day, and one person per visit, so I’m sharing visits with a brother who made it over from Spain just prior to the travel ban while another brother is in France and unable to get here. All being well, I’ll return to Brighton sometime this week and I’ll definitely need to be back there before any stricter measures come into place!
Haha – well it serves me right for starting this post a few days ago! The unfolding pace of events is almost too much to keep up with. After the government’s announcement it was restricting movements on Monday evening, I decided that I should return to Brighton as soon as possible – even though it was a tremendous wrench to leave the north without being able to see mum again before departing.
It’s likely they’ll cancel all hospital visits in the next day so hopefully I’ll be able to be of more use to my family in the south than my family in the north!
I hope that everyone else is managing to stay safe and well.