“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty– you know you’re an artist.”
It is so true. The beauty of art is that we can improve upon what we see or bend the rules to make things work for us.
I love that quote because I can relate to it.
I also love it when my kids teach me things
which happened for me again just this week.
Our youngest has been taking an art class and for his final he had to do a presentation on a contemporary artist.
He wanted to study and present a report on Andy Warhol but his instructor very perceptively knew that Adam, our child who was drawing on the computer at the age of three -
one hand manipulating the mouse while sucking the thumb on his other hand, would learn more and relate more to the artist David Hockney.
How right he was. This was the perfect choice for Adam.
I have always had an interest in art too and thought of myself as fairly well rounded on the subject. It has always been something that Adam and I have bonded over but I was more than a little chagrined to admit to him that I was unfamiliar with this
So if you are also unacquainted with the name, I can now, after a Google search, tell you that he is a famous British artist who rose to prominence in the 1970's with his simplistic style of pop art.
Where have I been? The more I read about him the more I want to know.
I love his style.
His homescapes (my word) remind me of Thomas McKnight
- another of my favorite artists.
The painting below, Van Gogh's Chair, is my favorite of Hockney's.
David Hockney 1998
For me this painting is perfection.
The angles, the symmetry, the balance of color - even the subject matter.
I am in awe.
His images of swimming pools are also incredible.
David Hockney 1970's
Now, in his 70's, David Hockney continues to take risks and try new things.
In 2008 he began creating art on the Apple iPhone
and now more recently on the iPad.
Using an app called Brushes he creates these incredible digital images of art.
Our son's presentation required him to recreate or copy a piece of David Hockney's art on canvas and then do his own interpretation of Hockney's style.
Adam then decided to take it one step further and to also, like Hockney, do the same assignment on an iPad. He doesn't have one of his own, so he borrowed mine. I was a little dubious that he was really borrowing it for a class assignment but I guess I shouldn't have doubted him. :)
I didn't think to take any pictures of Adam's pastel drawings so I can't show you that work but since he used my iPad, and the images are stored on it I thought it would be fun to share Adam's digital creations with you.
A mama has to brag from time to time you know.
This was David Hockney's conception.
and this was Adam's recreation of it on the iPad.
This still life of the item's next to his sink are his interpretation of
Hockney's pop art style.
Art on an iPad.
Who would have thought?
Thanks Adam for sharing and exposing me to something new and outside the box.
You keep me young.