John MacBryde - painter, retired architect and town planner
John trained as an architect in the 1950s at Edinburgh College of Art (now a faculty of Edinburgh University) and moved south to London, after National Service in the Royal Engineers (1959-61) to study town planning at UCL under Professor William Holford.
In those halcyon days, architects were all expected to draw and paint, long before the days of computer-aided design (CAD) which now makes perspective child’s play. Once learnt, never forgotten, so he made full use of sketching abilities to produce both holiday and Christmas cards, covering diverse subjects in Greece, France, Italy, India and Canada. Main medium is “line and wash” but on holiday he uses pen and ink, watercolour pencils and gouache. Has miniaturised his paintbox and brushes.
After retiring in 2006, he kept going and explored new media, such as crayon, pastel, acrylic and gouache. He more recently embarked on a career as teacher, by leading a course at U3A in Hampstead. This involved a great deal of preparation in order to fully analyse techniques which, although instinctive to him, needed detailed explanation. A good discipline.
He hopes eventually to develop a skill in drawing on his I-Pad, inspired by Hockney’s major retrospective at the RA.