Watercolour on Hahnemuhle paper 300 gsm matte, 28 × 30 cm. Musicians are a favourite theme of mine. This study I painted, working from a photo that I had taken at the musical farewell party of a friend who emigrated. This friend is Brian Lisus, South Africa’s foremost violin-maker. For professional reasons, to be nearer to his clientele, he is now in the USA.
At his party, some of the leading string players in the country celebrated his time with us by performing various works, on instruments that had been made by Brian and some of his pupils. I took a number of photographs, and have others that I would like to translate into paintings too.
I first re-worked the photo with photoshop, to remove all the extra people and household artefacts that I didn’t want in the picture, then introduced some fantasy. I printed that out and worked from it, making further changes as I went along. I deliberately chose to do the painting in a pointillist style because that would make it possible for me to work on it in short sessions, in-between marking exams. Today I finished the marking, and, to celebrate, I finished the painting. Yee-hah!
The brilliant colour of the viola is mainly due to ‘Australian Red Gold’, by Art Spectrum, a real treat of a colour to use. I don’t know how I ever managed before I discovered it. In this painting I used also a bright yellow, Windsor red, a pinky red, three different blues, violet and chocolate brown.