This first offering is a combination of last week’s John Yardley diversion and having spent time at my mother’s house while visiting her in hospital.
This study is a view of mum’s red chair. I tried to paint this view in my own style but with an obvious nod to John Yardley.
I can’t say that I particularly like it but it was a really good exercise. It was an odd one to paint. I found it difficult to focus on it without being distracted by the poignancy that I may never see her sitting in this chair again.
Painting this also helped to further strengthen the bond I’m developing with my new Da Vinci Maestro brush!
Unlike John Yardley’s approach – and mainly due to a lack of skill – this was built up with a number of washes rather than in his ‘direct’ style. I think one of the things I struggled with was the light and the fact that the shadows weren’t particularly strong.
No such lack of strong shadows on this next sketch. The view is a local one to me, looking down West Street in Brighton towards the sea front. Again, not one that I’m bowled over by, but I like elements of it.
My main aim with this was to simplify the scene and break it down into a number of larger shapes. Then, as I painted it, it was about trying to keep some life and energy within those shapes.
This scene led quite naturally onto another similar view down another Brighton street.
I really enjoyed painting both of these images and, even though I have reservations about each of them – I feel that they’re also full of positives. They were both completed quickly and started with only the barest and roughest bit of pencil work.
I think, at the back of my mind on both of these two city scenes, was Alvaro Castagnet. As some of you my recall, my year started off with me managing to book a place on a weekend Masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet which was due to take place in mid May.
Naturally this has had to be cancelled but I was delighted to hear last week that, rather than a complete cancellation – the workshop has been postponed. My place on this workshop is being held over until a time when new dates can be arranged, most likely sometime in May 2021.
Under the circumstances, this is the best possible outcome that I could have hoped for and I can’t help but thinking that I had Alvaro on my mind as I painted these two!