Today I would like to share a work by British painter John Haynes-Williams. The subjects in this piece obviously won’t be attending a formal ball, however, as specified in the title, they’re preparing for a festival, which I consider comparable, therefore this work fits my admittedly loose requirements for the “Ball” series.
Browsing Haynes-Williams’s paintings online, he seems to have specialized in genre scenes, which were usually set within interiors. I also notice a small group of work depicting various street scenes in Spain. From that group I selected today’s feature, ‘Before the Festival’. Set outside the doorway of their home, a mother prepares for the event, brushing her hair and glazing off into the distance, while her daughter sits attentively at her side, holding a mirror for her mother while looking out at our vantage point. This is such a charming scene. I love the details of their humble dwelling, including the wooden beam over the doorway and the exposed brick on the wall. Haynes-Williams’s gentle use of light and shadow adds a tenderness which complements the touching interaction between the mother and daughter.