Browns Yard Covered Bridge, Browns Yard, New Brunswick, Canada. Pastels on sanded paper
I really don’t have the patience for landscapes, but I have been wanting to paint this bridge for ages. I grew up in that area, my grandparents home was just on the other side of this bridge, overlooking it.
Sadly, some idiot burned this bridge in the 70s and now it is just a cement bridge. All I had was an old photo my aunt gave me years ago, very faded.
So I started working on it, and although the first layer always looks horrible and I want to give up, I kept at it ( my motto… Its not a painting, it’s therapy!) and somehow this emerged.
It’s one of my favourite paintings, because of the sentiment attached. My favourite uncle used to fish out those little windows on the side.
I bought some unison pastels and I quite like them. They really add a richness to any painting, a little goes a long way. I havee found that top layers (after spraying) often require a harder pastel, like Nupastel. And of course, nothing beats a Conté pencil for that transparent feel to a painting.
Hope to restore many more old photos from back home. Painting has given me the ability to give back to my community and that feels very good 🙂
If you would like to view the area surrounding this bridge, I have a site dedicated to the area here: Brown’s Yard