John Yardley


John Yardley R.I. is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters and Watercolour and has exhibited widely throughout the world. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions, won several prizes, is the author of a very successful book and his paintings are in collections throughout the world.


Sunlight in Watercolour: John Yardley

John is a master of modern impressionism, simplifying the most complex scenes into shapes of subtle colour. The use of strong sunlight is an all important feature of his work and in this film John uses it to great effect. He paints figures and interiors in the UK before travelling to Northern France where his subjects include the beach at Deauville and views of a crowded café and busy harbour in the charming port of Honfleur.

Duration: 60 mins




Variety in Watercolour: John Yardley

Once again John shows us how to simplify and convey an impression of a scene, bringing light and life to his paintings. He paints a variety of his favourite subjects in watercolour – interiors in a beautiful stately home and coastal scenes in Constable country, which include boats, buildings, figures and harbours. He also works in his studio, producing a wonderful painting of horses and carriages in Seville.

Duration: 65 mins




Watercolour in Venice: John Yardley

In this film John takes us to Venice which for many years has been a source of inspiration for his painting. He chooses three contrasting subjects: a stunning pink palace seen across the Grand Canal, a quiet canal and bridge and a view of the colourful stalls by the fish market. The film finishes with a studio painting of gondolas in the basin behind St Mark's Square, taken from sketches.

Duration: 90 mins