An Artist's Quest

Never Stop Exploring

I painted this on my iPad then printed it on a lightly gesso page from an old book.

my iPad painting printed on old book page

I went to the David Hockney exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco this weekend (Hockney exhibit).  It was a delight.  I assumed the show was a retrospective because Hockney is 76 years old and has been a big name in the art world for decades but I was wrong.  This was a huge show with giant pieces and all new work.  Almost every thing was done in the last 10 years and much in the last year. The was a whole room of large charcoal drawings of woods moving from winter to spring all done in the spring of 2013, one painting in the entry to the show was dated October 2013, this painting is just a few weeks old!  This is an artist who keeps evolving and experimenting.  He was an early adopter of the iPad as sketchbook and there were many examples of his digital works printed as giant pieces, there was a room of video collages, as well as huge painting done traditionally with oils or watercolor.  It was inspiring to see how incredibly prolific and open David Hockney is as an artist.  He doesn’t seem to limit himself in any way following ideas and techniques honing each in a very characteristic way so that no matter the medium the works had his stamp, his sense of humor, his color drama, his expansive point of view.

iPad drawing printed on book page

my iPad drawing printed on old book page

Sometimes I doubt my own wandering creative spirit – one-day painting landscapes the next drawing birds, in the morning sewing in the afternoon designing fabric, and sitting down to draw on my iPad in the evening. I have had misgivings about my nomadic creative character, perhaps if I just stuck with painting landscapes I’d be getting somewhere I’ve been known to say….but I can’t, I just can’t, I get board, I want to try something new. Half the fun of creating art for me is solving the puzzle of a medium, seeing if I can wrestle my will onto a new surface.  So thank you David Hockney you give me courage to continue on my rambling ways, exploring and expanding, unraveling and revealing and always, always making something new.

iPad drawing on book page

my iPad drawing printed on book page

The pieces I’m sharing in this post were all drawn on my iPad then printed onto lightly gessoed pages of a large old art book.

ipad drawing printed on old book page

my iPad drawing printed on old book page

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6 responses

  1. Carol Jones

    Thx Lisa – you are an ongoing inspiration with your amazing iPad art.

    Carol

    Sent from my iPad

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    October 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  2. I love all your new ipad creations Lisa, great post. We went to the David Hockney exhibition when it was in London last year and I thought of you. so glad you’ve had a chance to see it too.

    October 29, 2013 at 1:37 am

  3. Laura Thorpe

    Love the sentiment of your post and I love these four anachronistic visual puns!! I want to own one of each of these images. Let’s talk 🙂

    October 29, 2013 at 3:07 am

  4. Mary Anne

    You might be reassured to know how many artists explore a myriad of creative possibilities rather than just one technique/medium. My art journey has included numerous side trips!

    Your visual puns are wonderful!

    October 29, 2013 at 4:51 am

  5. I loved sharing the Hockney exhibit with you and the boys…and I love the iPad drawings of some of the bits and pieces that make your home so charming

    October 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

  6. Sandy Barra

    Great post, I love your iPad art!
    Did you get the old camera I sent? David Hockney is amazing. I saw an opera where he did the sets and I really remember how gorgeous they were.

    October 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

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