Sunday, January 29, 2012

David Hockney and me

Tablecloth design - Brushes

Living Room -Brushes program

Daisy using "Glowdraw" on iphone
I just read an article in the Financial Times about digital painting by David Hockney.  He has recently hung a show at the Royal Academy of Art in the U.K.   Hockney was asked several years ago to create a show entitled Spring. During three springs he became intensely familiar with the day-to-day changes in the landscape near his home, before, in a few frenetic months last year, painting the 52 works that comprise "The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, in 2011".  These works were drawn on an Ipad!  They were drawn so they could be printed to scale and reproduced in large format.  The largest painting is a 15 meter oil painting, of purple and ochre tree trunks and outsize luscious leaves.  The article doesn't make it clear if this painting was conceived on the ipad and completed in the studio.  The show consists of very large prints from the Ipad drawings.

The latest program I am using to draw with is call "Brushes". I hope to, someday, be as proficient as Hockney on this wonderful tool.  The difference, besides talent, is that he uses a stylus and so far I have been painting with my finger.  The finger is always available but clunky, and you can't see under your finger!
Once the painting is finished and saved, all the steps used to make the drawing can be replayed-very fast; it shows all the color choices, erasures and then the final product. I hope you enjoy this art, it's not as easy as it looks.  The living room took a couple of hours to produce and seconds to replay.


  1. Nice work, Pat. I especially like the interior and tablecloth. I've got Brushes also. Another good one is Sketchbook Pro. I'm wondering too if it's possible to create a high rez image for reproduction at that size on ipad.

  2. Hi Kris,
    I am commenting on the blog, so anyone who reads this will know to click on the link to the show at the Royal Academy where they can actually see the size of the art on the wall. Look particularly at the wall where a man is standing in front of the work applying it to the wall. Pat


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