Summer Solstice starts with Hockney
Summer is here and I am very excited about longer days. Much of what I do (photograph and paint) is best done in natural daylight. This week I got stuck on a project. I struggled with how to express both the transparency and reflective qualities of water in an illustration. Immediately, I pulled out my David Hockney books and re-visited his pool paintings that he made while living in LA. The way he expressed the lyrical movement of water without being so literal resonates with me, not to mention his masterful use of color.
When I worked at the Getty Museum I was immensely impressed with his photo collage Pearblossom Highway. ( I would visit it as much as possible, look at the pattern of the photos overlay & even sketch what I thought was it's grid layout pattern). Its' backstory is super cool too (learn about it here) and being in the presence of this collage would always blow my mind - how in the world did he do this? how many people helped? ..... I made this water photo collage as part of my water study and as part of a way to study Mr. Hockney's working method. The combo lead me to start looking at 'blue' with new eyes and I stopped in my tracks for some reason when I saw this fashion magazine spread. I love it when art history changes the way I look at the world around me ♡
Photo collage by me, illustration tidbits by me, Picture of a Hollywood Swimming Pool 1964 by David Hockney, Bad Day No 13, 2012 magazine spread.